15/11/2011

High-speed repositioning with different grids

High-speed repositioning with different grids

Pitch slide module for effective handling of small parts
Ready-to-install handling system with pitch slide module bypasses different grids

High-speed repositioning with different grids

Pitch slide module for effective handling of small parts

 

The pitch slide module from Festo quickly and effectively repositions small printed circuit boards, chips, plugs and other small parts to and from workpiece holders with different grid dimensions. When integrated in a ready-to-install handling system, it means that manufacturers of automation solutions no longer need costly and time-intensive in-house developments.

 

The pitch slide module takes four pushbuttons from a blister or tray and places them on a rotary table in one movement. The rotary indexing table DHTG from Festo moves the rotary table to different inspection positions. The pushbuttons are labelled with a data matrix code at these positions while the contacts undergo an electronic function check and a visual inspection using Festo's Compact Vision System SBO..-Q.

 

No need for in-house developments

The pitch slide module does away with the need for in-house developments that compensate for differing grid dimensions when positioning parts from one tray to another. The multiple gripping feature of the pitch slide module means that more parts can be gripped, spread and inserted in the blisters or workpiece holders in the same unit of time. The pitch slide module is used wherever several parts need to be repositioned at once and the spacing between the products needs to be changed during the process.

 

The scissor mechanism is driven by a pneumatic cylinder. This enables two positions to be defined within which the pitch slide module can be moved back and forth. An electric drive could also be used instead of the pneumatic cylinder (greater flexibility since more than two positions are possible).

 

Complete handling system

The pitch slide module is integrated in a three-dimensional gantry. In addition to loading and unloading parts and sorting rejected parts, the handling system also compensates for the different height levels and spacing distances between picking up the parts and repositioning them.

 

 

The handling system with electric and pneumatic drives, vacuum grippers and valves, offers a complete solution for the smallest of spaces. The electric axes EGC and EGSK position the scissor grippers precisely over the parts to be inspected. The individual slides in the pitch slide module DHMP with the vacuum grippers are actuated via the miniature valves MHA-1. The gripper system is equipped with stroke compensation so as not to damage the parts to be inspected. The pressure sensor SDE5-V monitors the vacuum.

 

Ready-to-install handling system

Fully assembled and tested, Festo delivers the ready-to-install handling system right to the customer's system – equipped with all design data and circuit diagrams as well as a comprehensive functional and fixed-price guarantee. Manufacturers of electronics and small parts are not just buying hardware in the form of a readily connectable subsystem; they are buying a complete added-value package. This total solution eases the burden on technical personnel, keeps design costs low, simplifies the procurement process and reduces process costs. "We want our customers to be able to install a solution and then forget about it", explains Jens-Heiko Adolph, Head of International Industry Segment Management for electronics production at Festo.

 

 

 

Please refer to:

Festo press photos Productronica_0211_Pitch_Slide_Module_1.tif and

Productronica_0211_Pitch_Slide_Module_2.tif

 

  

Caption to illustration:

No need for in-house developments: with the pitch slide module, in-house developments for compensating for differing grid dimensions when positioning parts from one tray to another are no longer needed. (Photo: Festo)

 

 

 

 

Please refer to:

Festo press photo Productronica_0211_Pitch_Slide_Module_3.tif

 

 

Caption to illustration:

Ready-to-install handling system: all functions such as positioning, inspecting, gripping and moving are harmonised.

(Photo: Festo)

 

 

Please refer to:

Festo press photo Productronica_0211_Pitch_Slide_Module_4.tif

 

 

Caption to illustration:

Rotary indexing table DHTG: The pushbuttons are labelled with a data matrix code at the inspection positions of the rotary table while the contacts undergo an electronic function check and a visual inspection using Festo's Compact Vision System SBO..-Q. (Photo: Festo)

 

 

 

Festo AG...

... is both a global player and an independent family-owned company with its headquarters in Esslingen am Neckar. The company provides pneumatic and electrical automation technology for 300,000 customers in over 200 industries. Its products and services are available in 176 countries worldwide. With 14,600 employees in 59 national companies throughout the world, Festo generated revenues of € 1.8 billion in 2010, of which 8.5% is invested annually in research and development. As a learning company, Festo invests 1.5% of its revenue in education and training. The learning opportunities it offers are not only for employees; Festo Didactic GmbH provides industrial education and training programs in automation technology for customers, students and trainees as well.

 

Global production network

Festo produces pneumatic and electric drives, valves and valve terminals, handling systems, service units for compressed air preparation, sensors, tubing and microsystem technology at twelve production sites, each specialising in certain product groups, in Brazil, Bulgaria, China, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, India, Singapore, Switzerland, the Ukraine and the United States. Countless custom manufacturing solutions are created in accordance with the concept of "production on demand" in Brazil, Germany and the United States for the relevant regional markets of Europe, Asia, NAFTA and South America.

 

 

Please refer to:

Festo press photo TechnologieCenter_1.tif

 

 

Caption to illustration:

Festo is a world leader in automation technology – here you see the TechnologyCenter in Esslingen near Stuttgart.

(Photo: Festo)

 

Contact:

Christopher Haug

+49(711)347-4032
+49(711)34754-4032

Festo Media Service

 
 

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Productronica 0211 Pitch Slide Module 1 No need for in-house developments: with the pitch slide module, in-house developments for compensating for differing grid dimensions when positioning parts from one tray to another are no longer needed. (Photo: Festo)
Productronica 0211 Pitch Slide Module 2 No need for in-house developments: with the pitch slide module, in-house developments for compensating for differing grid dimensions when positioning parts from one tray to another are no longer needed. (Photo: Festo)
Productronica 0211 Pitch Slide Module 3 Ready-to-install handling system: all functions such as positioning, inspecting, gripping and moving are harmonised. (Photo: Festo)
Productronica 0211 Pitch Slide Module 4 Rotary indexing table DHTG: The pushbuttons are labelled with a data matrix code at the inspection positions of the rotary table while the contacts undergo an electronic function check and a visual inspection using Festo's Compact Vision System SBO..-Q. (Photo: Festo)
TechnologieCenter 1 Festo is a world leader in automation technology – here you see the TechnologyCenter in Esslingen near Stuttgart. (Photo: Festo)
Productronica 0211 Pitch Slide Module 1 Eigenentwicklungen einsparen: Mit dem Spreiz-Schlitten-Modul sind Eigenentwicklungen zum Ausgleich des Rastermaßes beim Umsetzen von einem Tray auf einen anderen nicht mehr notwendig. (Foto: Festo)
Productronica 0211 Pitch Slide Module 2 Eigenentwicklungen einsparen: Mit dem Spreiz-Schlitten-Modul sind Eigenentwicklungen zum Ausgleich des Rastermaßes beim Umsetzen von einem Tray auf einen anderen nicht mehr notwendig. (Foto: Festo)
Productronica 0211 Pitch Slide Module 3 Einbaufertiges Handling: Alle Funktionen wie Positionieren, Prüfen, Greifen, Bewegen sind aufeinander abgestimmt. (Foto: Festo)
Productronica 0211 Pitch Slide Module 4 Rundschalttisch DHTG: An den Positionen des Drehtellers werden die Taster mit einem Data-Matrix-Code beschriftet und die Kontakte elektronisch auf Funktion und optisch per Kamera SBO..-Q überprüft. (Foto: Festo)
TechnologieCenter 1 Festo ist weltweit führend in der Automatisierungstechnik – hier das TechnologieCenter in Esslingen bei Stuttgart. (Foto: Festo)