At TechTribe, we are proud of our proprietary methodology for machine control, IDA – Intelligent Distributed Automation. IDA enables flexible production using simple setups and rapid conversion. We achieve this by means of distributed control of the different parts of the equipment using local PLCs. Each PLC interacts and is synchronised via a central coordinator whose function, as the name indicates, is to coordinate and convey the required information between different parts of the machine. Our standardised solution – modular production cells – allows you to change and adjust each device when and how you want. This results in shorter setup times, cheaper production and streamlined communication throughout the supply chain – saving energy and resources, and increasing competitiveness.
More and more market players are looking for solutions that offer maximum flexibility, where a single piece of equipment can handle multiple components. For this, vision is often a suitable solution. Many of the solutions currently available on the market combine vision with some kind of conveyor. Flexibility and customer adaptation are our watchwords, so in order to meet our customers’ demand for customised solutions, we have developed a vision feeder.
Our vision feeder uses two of our proprietary step feeders, picking lanes to distribute the parts, and two vision cameras to control the robot and work in each picking lane. Often the robot positions parts on layouts to speed up the process in the next stage.
It is essential that we offer our customers quality at affordable prices. That’s why we have developed our own step feeder, which handles and sorts parts in pick-up mode. Often the parts are picked up by a robot, but other applications can also be used. Our step feeder comes in four different designs and can handle all sizes of parts and all cycle times. We offer two different step lengths – 120 or 200 mm – as well as two different step depths – 12 or 20 mm. Quiet, safe and affordable, our step feeder offers many benefits. Each feeder is adapted for its specific task and built into the appropriate application. The feeder can be supplied as a separate unit or integrated with existing equipment.
More and more customers are looking for solutions that offer maximum flexibility, where a single piece of equipment can handle multiple components. Our multi-track vision conveyor handles parts of any size at two heights. Each lane has a camera that guides the robot in pick-up mode. You can arrange for both lanes to handle the same article, or have different parts in each lane.
As with all our equipment, we adapt handshake protocols to suit our customers’ wishes.
To be able to place finished parts directly into a tray and to run a production cell for longer without requiring an operator, and using as little surface area as possible, we have developed a variant of the tray changer.
Our tray changer is adapted to suit two types of trays: trays with and without handles.
We have significant experience of developing robot grippers to handle various parts and components in a production chain. The purpose is often to supply plastic injection tools with constituent components and to pick up, as well as check, finished parts. Robots are often highly suited to performing certain stages in a production chain.
We have a standardised way of working when it comes to robot grippers. As a general rule, we start with a quick-release coupling and use a solution where the plate is cut from a complete base plate. This helps us reduce setup times and makes the grippers more stable.
This robot gripper is designed to provide an injection moulding machine with 2+2+2 different parts. In this application, we use our own step feeder to feed and orientate the casings into pick-up position for the robot and its gripper. The casings must then be placed in the injection moulding machine to be cast in plastic.
Due to the complexity of the plastic injection tool, the gripper must be rotatable to enable the components to be placed in the tool. Once the plastic part is finished, the gripper picks it up from the tool and places it in the control fixture. In the control fixture, we check that the injected casings have been cast correctly.
It is becoming more and more common to inspect finished parts by machine rather than manually. This helps ensure that no defective parts reach the end consumer.