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Industry Part Feeding

Part Feeding

SENSOR AND IMAGE PROCESSING SOLUTIONS FOR RELIABLE PART FEEDING

As an upstream process for assembly, machining and packaging processes, reliable feed of parts is essential. di-soric offers various solutions for the correct storage, feed and provision of the components—each of them adequate for the individual requirement of the application.

Limited installation space, a wide variety of materials and sizes, high speeds and the increasing use of robots pose particular challenges to the control and monitoring of part feeding.

Compact designs and a high availability of the sensors, vision sensors and safety technology are required.

In addition to the suitable product solution, easy integration into the system is also important for ensuring a reliable process. For this pur-pose, our products are equipped with industrial interfaces such as Ethernet TCP/IP, PROFINET and IO-Link, thereby supporting optimi-zed adjustment, maintenance and monitoring of the entire system.

Also you can efficiently prevent machine downtimes caused by empty storage, material accumulation and incorrect orientation of components with di-soric sensors and solutions. It does not matter whether the application uses linear part feeding, step feeders, circular or vibratory feeders, feeding in tubes or manual feed—our solutions ensure flawless and safe operation of your system.

PART FEEDING / ASSEMBLY AND HANDLING TECHNOLOGY - STORAGE OF COMPONENTS AND MATERIAL

In the segment of feeding in assembly and handling technology, components must always be available in sufficient quantity in circular or step feeders for further processing. Our optical sensors and ultrasonic sensors monitor reliably—without contact or wear.

Depending on the degree of automation, it is possible to carry out automatic or manual refilling in a timely manner—and while minimizing downtimes—when the level falls below a target value.

PART FEEDING / ASSEMBLY AND HANDLING TECHNOLOGY - LINEAR PART FEEDING

Our sensors reliably control the continuous material feed of the downstream assembly. It does not matter whether parts are being fed on rails, belts, workpiece carriers, pallet or chain feeders.

Our sensors feature accumulation and feed control that ensures

maximum availability and functional reliability in downstream processing steps such as pressing, assembling, forming or closing. The wide range of solutions from di-soric offers a suitable solution for every type of linear material feed.

PART FEEDING / ASSEMBLY AND HANDLING TECHNOLOGY - POSITION MONITORING OF PART FEEDING

Components must be checked for their position and completeness before they are fed to assembly machines. For this purpose, di-soric has a wide selection of product solutions that increase productivity, minimize machine downtimes and even prevent machine damage.

Our high-resolution laser sensors for the detection of the smallest features or fiber-optic sensors in constrained installation spaces are excellently suited to these tasks. If entire areas must be checked, our vision sensors are used.

PART FEEDING / ASSEMBLY AND HANDLING TECHNOLOGY - FEEDING PARTS IN A TUBE

Components such as screws, springs, washers or welding bolts are fed to the assembly process by means of tubes. 

For this purpose, di-soric has a wide selection of optical ring light barriers and inductive ring and tube sensors with dynamic and  static detection.

For feeding both metal and plastic objects, our portfolio provides the suitable ring sensor in various sizes. 

Our tube sensors are suitable for flexible attachment to various tube diameters.

PART FEEDING / PACKAGING TECHNOLOGY - TUBULAR BAG MACHINE AND SEALING MACHINE

In packaging processes, frequent product changes, varying objects and designs call for safe object detection. In addition, large production quantities impose the highest demands on the inspection rate of the sensors in packaging technology. For this purpose,

di-soric provides sensors that can be adjusted quickly and easily and solutions for object detection at very high speeds.

If tasks become too complex to be handled by sensor technology alone, our vision sensors with their easily configurable tools are often the suitable solution. Furthermore, our specialists for industrial image processing and identification from di-soric Solutions can handle even the most complex applications, for example in part tracking, quality checks and verification.

PART FEEDING / ROBOTICS - SENSORS AND SAFETY IN ROBOT-ASSISTED PROCESSES

In robot cells, sensors can be used to handle an extremely wide variety of challenges. Our sensors and vision sensors function as the sensory organs of the robot. They ensure material detection and monitor the flow of parts reliably.

However, the main concern is the protection of the operating personnel from injuries caused by the robots. We guarantee this protection by implementing our safety light grids and curtains at the highest safety level: Type 4.

PART FEEDING / IMAGE PROCESSING - IMAGE PROCESSING SOLUTIONS FOR COMPLEX PROCESSES

di-soric Solutions is a part of the di-soric group of companies. 

It focuses on products for image processing as well as the consultation, project engineering and integration of automation solutions using image processing and industrial identification. 

It ensures the quality of products manufactured in automated processes and provides for complete traceability during the individual process steps.

di-soric Solutions works with powerful systems and collaborates with you to determine the most effective and efficient solution. 

Pick & Place of parts, feeding using a feeder module

Continuous further development of the products and services, constant awareness of quality and expert advice ensure that your processes deliver the highest quality.

Our vision system solution reliably detects the bent sheet metal parts being chaotically fed by a vibrating feeder module.

Blue background lighting on the drop-off position emphasizes the contours of the parts so that they can be detected by a GigE camera. Our nVision software determines the best possible match and transmits it to the robot for gripping, along with the coordinates and the rotation angle.

Thanks to the intuitive teach-in mode, a wide variety of parts can be taught in quickly and easily. There is no need for specially trained or experienced personnel. nVision detects the geometrical properties and stores them in the newly created database. Using these trained properties, gripping the parts is accelerated significantly. Parts not matching are detected and repositioned by vibratory pulses.

For the intuitive operation of the image processing system, a specially developed HMI is used.

Checking electronic connectors during feeding

This fully automated in-line check of connectors consists of two stations—there is no traditional stand-alone check.

At the first station, the connectors are fed to the camera unit using a belt conveyor system in an intake on a workpiece carrier and briefly stopped there. The check includes the alignment in the X and Y directions and of the swash circumference at an accuracy of 0.1 mm as well as the measurement of the pins relative to a specific reference mark. Product output increases massively, rejects decrease, and product quality is enhanced as the system provides its recorded measurements directly via CSV table, ensuring certified quality documentation. For each connector produced, corresponding measured values can be presented, which reassures customers that they have made a high-quality purchase.

At the second station, a 3D-system solution measures the heights of the individual pins within the connector relative to a fiducial marker. Thanks to this automated 3D measurement, the heights of the individual pins can be measured and the correct function of the plug connection can be ensured. The respective measurements of the individual pins and their shoulders are processed as a measured value file and assigned to each individual connector via ID. Each individual connector receives a measurement log of the X and Y positions of the pins, a swash circumference check and a pin height measurement.