The production of sensors for the automotive industry requires increasingly sophisticated solutions. A new machine concept developed by IPTE Factory Automation enables the fast and reliable soldering of printed circuit boards in the plastic housing. The ready-to-install industrial robot from Festo used in the concept makes cycle times of less than three seconds possible, despite a moving mass of more than 60 kg.
IPTE designed the XYZW gantry system with four degrees of freedom, with support from Festo during the design and production process. The X-, Y- and Z-axes use standard spindle and type EGC toothed belt actuators with integrated displacement encoder and EGSL mini slide. Festo developed a custom-made module for the rotary unit (W-axis). The gantry for the flexible and controlled speed and acceleration of movement (XYZ-axis), and an ERMB rotary module were specially adapted to the system and are used for lifting and rotating the soldering needle. This means that the system can reach even difficult to access warehouses in the sensor housing, and solder at precisely the right angle with the right force. It is capable of high-speed positioning, despite the high moving mass.
IPTE's new machine concept can be used anywhere. Apart from soldering applications, it can also be used for many other applications such as dispensing. The gantry, which includes servo motors and type CMMP controllers with EtherCAT interface, is adapted by Festo to the specific requirements of the different applications and supplied as a ready-to-install complete system. Festo provides an additional layer of safety by guaranteeing the function of the system on delivery. The customer not only receives a ready-to-install industrial robot, he can also be sure that it will function properly, right from the start.