Conduit Cut-To-Length and Package
Reducing workplace injuries and increasing productivity is a common goal for all manufacturers. Haven Manufacturing is helping a leading Midwest tube producer achieve those goals by developing a 4-axis robotic packaging system and integrating it with a cut-to-length and brush de-burring line. What once required 3 or 4 people to operate a line, including manually packaging product, now takes one operator and one part-time material handler. The customer produces a wide range of conduit diameters from 1.0” to 4.50” and wall thickness from .049” to .237”. The equipment had to be flexible, reliable and user-friendly. The process begins with a SOCO Model SA-115NC-CL2 sawing machine with automatic bundle loading and servo length control. Cut tubes are deposited onto a Haven built conveyor, which transfers and diverts the tube into a Haven Model #970 Wire Brush De-burring machine. As the tubes exit the brush machine, they are deposited onto a preparation table that orients them for pick-up by the packaging robot. The pickup head design is electro-magnet, with head motion of X, Y, Z and 90° rotation. Several packaging patterns are pre-programmed to allow for quick and easy changeover for diameter, length and container size. This particular application requires a material handler to forklift out the full container and replace it with an empty container. The container orientation is guided by a two-sided fixed locator with electronic position verification. The process cycle time allows enough time to exchange containers without delaying production. Haven also has the option of adding an automatic container egress and ingress conveyance system.
Haven’s versatility is shown once again in our ability to innovate and produce reliable solutions for our customers. Haven is a full service turnkey equipment supplier to a wide variety of tubular applications for cut-to-length, finishing and material handling.