Press Tending Automation

To improve press operations, our customer requested a fully automated press tending system capable of moving assembly tooling in and out of a 500 T stamping press, circulating it past unload and load stations before returning it to the press. This system needed to manage in-die actuators and monitor all tools in circulation to confirm that the correct parts are loaded before sending any tool back to the press. To accommodate up to 10 production models and provide flexibility for future model expansion, we designed the system to be highly scalable. However, our customer’s two-element tooling system with multiple traveling tools circulating on the carousel posed a significant challenge. We worked closely with the customer, designing both tooling and automation simultaneously and employing multiple vendors to accelerate the build phase. Despite the short timeline and the technical challenges compounded by COVID-19 lockdowns, we completed the installation successfully.

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