Pick-2-Light sensors for the production of antenna filters
Industry: high-frequency engineering
InSystems Automation installed an assembly working station with eight Pick-2-Light sensors at which three different types of antenna filters can be assembled for an austrian producer of high-frequency products. The customer in question is specialised in the development and production of components for antenna systems.
It was the project’s goal to make the assembly line more efficient by simplifying multiple-shift usage via the automated Pick-2-Light technology, which makes the material withdrawal easier for workers.
Initial situation & project description
The antenna filters were originally assembled at a manual working station at which there were differently coloured boxes, which were used to mark which components were stored where. There were rarely any complications during assembly processes, but sorting the components took a lot of effort and required workers to know about the colour system. The new assembly working station is integrated in an assembly line and is meant to be operated by a worker. On one side of the station, there is a rotary disk which receives components from the conveying system, and on the other, a material providing arm made by ITEM is installed which the P2L sensors are built onto. In the middle part, there is the working area. In total, the assembly working station is outfitted with 12 SLC containers. So far, the provision of new parts is still taken care of by the assembly operator, but all necessary materials are stored close by in a kanban-shelf. The antenna filters are assembled across 16 different working stations total.
Advantages of the assembly working station
• Greater flexibility for different product variants while quality is secured and maintained thanks to the Pick-2-Light guidance and process data logging.
• Efficient assembly thanks to the optimisation of and significant reduction of time needed for picking, searching and assembly processes.
• Minimisation of time needed for modifications, as SLCs can be switched and container management can be updated easily. Any further assembly processes are automatically taken into consideration by the intelligent material flow management.
• The flexible, modular assembly system can be adapted to new customer requirements at any time, meaning that manual assemblies can remain competitive.