The purpose of MecLab® is to provide students with practical and theoretical information about automation technology. It consists of three independent systems which can be combined or used independently, sparking student interest in scientific thinking.
MecLab® provides insights into one of the most important areas of application for automation technology: production engineering. The three stations of the mechatronics training system – conveyor, handling and stacking magazine – are simplified models of typical processes that can be found in every automated production plant. Students solve real-world industrial motion control problems. They observe and measure the laws of electricity and pneumatics and hydraulics as they develop systems that transport, assemble and sort workpieces in the stations. They gain the ability to develop production processes and procedures and to evaluate them according to the efficiency of motion and energy conservation.
Stacking magazine station
The stacking magazine station stores workpieces that can be stamped with the stamping unit. Workpieces are stored in an automated production line and fed into the process in a timed sequence. This is the function of the MecLab Stacking Magazine Station. It stores, transfers and presses the workpieces.
In many production lines, workpieces are transported from one ‘process station’ to the next via conveyors.
The conveyor station in the MecLab provides a realistic simulation of industrial workpiece transport. The drive motor can be set to run forwards or in reverse. Workpieces are detected, classified and sorted by colour.
Whether simple pick & place procedures or highly complex assembly work, handling systems are always involved. The MecLab® Handling Station consists of pneumatic cylinders with simple plain-bearing guides and two axes. The workpiece is held by a pneumatic gripper. With the system, it is possible to transport a workpiece from one station to the next or to join two halves of a workpiece together.