A custom integrator of turnkey automated inspection machines for quality control, Cincinnati Automation saw the light"--adopting a new LED backlit conveyor to convert automotive part gaging from a step-by-step to continuous process, more than tripling throughput. The AccuVision conveyor from Conveyor Technologies Ltd. features a grid of high-intensity LED lights beaming up through a translucent urethane conveyor belt.
Pick-and-place backlit gaging was limited to about 10 parts per minute, compared to 36 a minute for the new ;continuous conveyor system. The higher processing speed is governed by the speed of the part loading system.
The continuous gaging system is configured to run 40 different part numbers for the automotive supplier, ranging from 5" up to 8" OD. Robot grippers load the parts three at a time on the 66" x 12" translucent belt. Parts...