What is Micro-Automation?
Micro-Automation is automating a manufacturing process that involves handling small parts. Small part is defined differently for each customer, but for Sure Controls that ranges anywhere from 6 (150mm) inches on the large side down to .2 inches (5mm).
3-Axis Flexible Part Feeding Solution
There are many factors to take into consideration when approaching system automation. These may include: product in-feed, product out-feed, cycle rate, and quality inspection. Perhaps the most important factor is a clear definition of success and a shared vision on how to reach it. Sure Controls values these partnerships. Your success is our success. Applications that involve handling small parts “micro-parts” introduce an additional level of complexity. This is due to challenges in handling the parts on the in-feed side. Traditionally, the in-feed of parts into an automation cell is done with products like a bowl feeder. Bowl feeders have limitations including: changeover (each bowl feeder is designed for a specific part), high investment that can’t be easily re-purposed, difficulty handling delicate material, jamming and part re-circulation.
At Sure Controls we want to offer our customers the best solution for their application requirements. This is why we offer Aysril, and Mecademic micro-automation robotic solutions. For example, Asyril has a 3-axis vibration “Asycube” flexible part feeding solution that is easily integrated into robotic automation cells. Not only do we sell these products but we work to create the best possible solutions by integrating these products into your set up. This may mean on product or a solution that includes an Asyril robot and a Mecademic robot working together. Our robotic integration designers can help customers automate in areas where, in the past, it may not have been economically or technically feasible.
Integrating Flexible Part-Feeders
Sure Controls has successfully provided systems in the electronics, medical, automotive, and plastics industries with the integration of flexible part-feeders. In each of these markets, we were able to introduce a technology that allowed the customer to improve the automation cell or entirely rethink how they could automate at a lower volume allowing them to secure new business opportunities.
At Sure Controls we define success by delivering smiles. It’s that simple, when we deliver a solution our customers need, we leave them smiling.
Small Part Automation Solutions
Lower Overall Investment
- Complete cells can be repurposed with simple cost-effective End Of Arm Tooling (EOAT) changes and recipe changes
- No need to purchase new capital (part feeder) to run different parts
Added flexibility (one cell can handle multiple parts)
- One of our customers is running 1000+ part numbers on the same cell
Quick Change over
- Custom trays can be designed for nesting of parts with changeover in minutes vs. hours
- Quick Change over
Automate where not previously possible
- Part orientation for assembly with vision guided picking
- Spring detangling
Reduced manufacturing real estate (on average 30-50%)
We look forward to learning about your application requirements and how we may be able to put a smile on your face the next time you think of automating.