Adaptec developed a project scope which included conveying hot parts to the loader and monitoring the billet temperature. Cold parts were to be saved, hot parts scrapped, and just-right parts were advanced to the forge. The forge setup was a 3-hit process-bust, forge, and finish. The customer wanted to load the forge and advance the billet from bust to forge station.
Adaptec designed a transfer conveyor that had an air operated diverter to send cold billets to a salvage bin. The conveyor had a breaker wheel at the load end to separate billets that welded together, along with quick-change, adjustable side rails to accommodate the diameter change. A clever pick nest was added to accommodate the billet variety.
A heavy-duty, FANUC FoundryPro robot was used for this application. Forge duty robots have better seals on the robot joints, epoxy finishes, and stainless fasteners. All motors are covered to prevent overspray from sticking to the motor/encoder.