Automated assembly is a key area of focus for Adaptive Innovations and a major strength among our offerings. Automated assembly cells employ a wide range of technologies to solve manufacturing issues across many industries and a broad application base. Manufacturers are implementing automated assembly solutions to address many issues that impact their ability to compete on a global scale. Issues such as available labor, excessive training costs, operator ergonomics, inconsistent performance and quality, rising wages, and achieving production volumes to name a few. Many automated assembly processes can integrate manual and automated processes into a single machine, providing exceptional flexibility, scalability and redundancy. Automated assembly systems can also be integrated to upstream or downstream processes, eliminating non-value added processes. Automated assembly is one of the fastest growing sectors of industrial automation, and a cornerstone of Adaptive’s offerings.
Adhesive and Liquid Dispensing
Adhesive & liquid dispensing is a process that takes experience to master. It is a process that can take many shapes and can have a broad range of requirements. From simple to highly complex, each application has unique characteristics that need to be considered. Insight into the issues that accompany automated dispensing comes from lessons learned, continuous improvement, and ultimately, experience. Adaptive has an extensive background in building equipment for dispensing applications. Experience for high to low viscosity fluids and everything in between. Experience with general to extreme precision applications, from rapid cure to UV cure. Adaptive relies on its extensive experience and strong industry partnerships to consistently and successfully implement automated dispensing systems across a wide range of applications. Partner with Adaptive for your dispensing needs.
Snap and Press Fits
The design and integration of automated assembly equipment for snap or press fit applications can be a very challenging task because the components for assembly typically have designed interference or a negative process tolerance. Much of the process window will need to be generated by proper design characteristics of the components being assembled. This is where DFM / DFA (design for manufacturing / design for assembly) reviews of product designs become critical in order to achieve success in automation. Early involvement of a partner that can assist in the development of these features is critical in these types of implementations. Success can be improved in these types of applications through proper tooling and fixture design.
Screw Driving and Riveting
Automated screw driving is a cornerstone within automated assembly processes. It can take many shapes, and there are many different parameters that can impact the successful implementation of an automated screw driving application. There are different types of drivers, feeders, screw delivery systems, tooling and more that impact the success of an automated screw driving application. Process parameters such as positional accuracy, tightening torque, number of screw rotations, installed screw height, etc. are items that can be monitored and even recorded if required. Adaptive has implemented several robotic assembly cells that employ automated screw driving. Rely on our experience to insure success of your critical fastening applications.
Automated part orienting and feeding is an essential part of nearly every automation system. Successful part feeding is one of the most important attributes among effective automation systems and is required for automated assembly, packaging, inspection & test, machine tending, palletizing, and many other applications. There are many different technologies used in part feeding, including vibratory & centrifugal bowl feeders, flex feeders, custom part feeding systems and magazines, and many more. Selecting the correct equipment is only the first step towards success in this important utility. Achieving high reliability in part feeding requires advanced process knowledge, exceptional tooling design, and long-term experience. In many cases, making the smallest adjustments can make the difference between successful & unsuccessful part feeding. Don’t leave your automation to chance, rather partner with Adaptive and insure your automation success.
Direct Part Marking
Direct part marking (DPM) is the method of marking parts directly with product information during the manufacturing process. Marks typically consist of part numbers, serial numbers, date codes, barcodes, lot numbers, etc. The most common methods of DPM are ink jet printing, laser etching, and dot peening. Each of these technologies has advantages and disadvantages as compared to each other with regards to speed, readability, contrast, durability and cost. Adaptive has experience implementing all three types of direct part marking technologies and has an extensive understanding of the benefits and shortcomings of each. Partner with Adaptive to determine the correct technology for your application.
Machine vision is one of the fastest areas of evolution in sensor technology. Utilizing advancements in camera hardware, image analysis algorithms, deep learning software, and more, what once was considered impossible is now within reach. What is now within reach will soon be old technology. Keeping up with the rapid evolution of these technologies can be an overwhelming and time consuming task. The importance of connecting with the right industry partner in order to stay ahead of your competition is becoming more critical every day.
Adaptive routinely applies the most advanced vision technologies for component identification, component inspection, robotic guidance, and many other applications. Our engineers are empowered with a knowledge base that spans many vision brands and countless applications. Employ Adaptive’s knowledge and experience to maintain your competitive edge.
Vision guidance is the utilization of machine vision to capture and provide data to robotic hardware or a machine controller. The robot or controller then make process adjustments based on the data received from the vision system. This is a very powerful tool, that greatly enhances the capabilities of robotics and machines and allows them to be much more flexible in handling varying product. Vision guidance can be used to locate key features on a part (geometric recognition), facilitating pick orientation, pick location, part identification, part alignment, and more. In many cases, this highly flexible process replaces the need for expensive hard tooling, allowing manufacturers to build a wider range of product on a common system. Nearly every automated system Adaptive builds employs vision guidance. Rely on Adaptive to take chance out of your investment.