We provided a turnkey solution including design, programming, and commissioning of a robotic cell. The robot, using FANUC iRVision, picks parts from the sinter furnace and places them in a specific pattern on one of two pallets. The assembled pallet load is multi-layered with a cardboard slip sheet between each layer of parts. The robot automatically changes its tooling based on a marker tile located on the furnace belt that identifies the start of a new part run. The palletizing pattern is automatically adjusted to the new part run. This automated system produces a 30% increase in throughput over the previous manual method. System run rate is 500 parts per hour.
- FANUC M-20iA robot
- FANUC iRVision (dual camera setup)
- FANUC line tracking with encoder feedback
- Keyence laser sensor used for Z-axis offset
- ATI tool changer
- Schunk quick change gripper fingers