In each of two identical systems, a Motoman HP165XP robot picks up individual crankshafts from a conveyor, loads/unloads a rust inhibitor station (as required), then packs out parts into shipping containers, bins or baskets. Robot also handles part trays, as required.Automotive Crankshafts

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Handling and Machine Tending

Two identical robot systems fully automate the crankshaft pack-out operation and meet all project goals and objectives. Systems achieve desired production rate of approximately one crankshaft every 15 seconds. Depending on whether pack-out requires rust inhibitor station and/or trays, cycle time varies between 9.5 and 20.2 seconds. Average cycle time is approximately 13-14 seconds, which is faster than customer’s requirement. Flexible systems handle a wide range of crankshaft models, improve quality and reduce/eliminate dropped and damaged parts. Robust designs and components provide reliable production and maintains uptime average for maximum throughput.

Project Challenges

Motoman Robotics Solution

Motoman Robotics provided two HP165XP material handling cells. Each cell includes:

Fixtures/Tooling Details

The customer provided the design and Motoman built four end-of-arm tools (two per cell). Each pneumatically actuated mechanical gripper consists of two sets of parallel jaws designed to clamp on the bearing journals of individual crankshafts. The same gripper handles part trays, as needed. Sensors are not included.

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