Bosch Rexroth recently introduced a smart mechatronic solution for pressing and joining applications that demonstrates theplug-and-produce model: the Smart Function Kit for Pressing. Itcombines all the hardware and software into a single solution tosupport a wide range of pressing and joining assembly operations.
It’s delivered with preinstalled operating software and automatic parameterization of the servo drive, so no motion controlprogramming knowledge is needed. It features a drag-and-dropgraphical user interface that lets operators build productionsequences—e.g., for a function such as pressing ball bearingsinto a housing—simply and intuitively.
Standard sensors such as a force sensor in the mechatronics system measure and track its operation. For example, in abearing press application, the linear motion actuator moves inprecisely controlled sequences with the exact force to inserteach ball bearing into the housing.
As this sequence is typically repeated hundreds or eventhousands of times per hour, the system’s controller canmeasure and record each motion cycle for quality control purposes. Operators can use tools that are part of thesoftware package to create visualizations of the processresults and analyze force-displacement curves in real timeat their workstations.
Smart Mechatronics Deliver
Manufacturers that use joining and pressing machines are
taking advantage of the flexibility and ease of use the latest
smart mechatronic systems offer. Recently, a leading sensor
manufacturer was setting up a new production line, one
designed to produce small batches with exact pressing and
joining processes. The company chose the Rexroth Smart
Function Kit for Pressing, delivered as a preconfigured com-
plete package with minimal programming required, so the
sensor manufacturer was able to set up the new production
line in record time.
A key production step is pressing a small lid preciselyonto the sensor housing. Programming this process can nowbe done by an operator—no specialized skills are required.Software blocks are selected and combined via a drag-and-drop programming style, the process parameters are entered,and the workflow is complete.
In addition, the process data can be shown live and theforce-displacement curves are recorded each time a lid isplaced for quality assurance and analysis. The mechatronicsystem has already saved the sensor manufacturer time aswell as improved its ability to implement small-batch assembly operations.
Bosch Rexroth’s Smart MechatroniX solutions suchas the Smart Function Kit for Pressing leverageonline tools and drag-and-drop programming tomake system ordering and commissioning fast andsimple. Photo courtesy of Bosch Rexroth.
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Bosch Rexroth recently introduceda smart mechatronics solution forpressing and joining applications thatdemonstrates the plug-and-producemodel. The Smart Function Kit forPressing combines all the hardwareand software into a single solution tosupport a wide range of pressing andjoining assembly operations.
Photo courtesy of Bosch Rexroth.