Automation system for panel handling

This project was born from the need to automate and operationalise a platform of MDF work of panels. The goal was to make it able to perform the processing of a pantograph at two levels of milling. The real challenge was to not only operate the charge and discharge of the platform, but also to clean the milling plane, before processing a new load. 

The chosen robot is YASKAWA ROBOTICS l’MPL160, with a payload of 160 Kg and 3,15 mt.of radius of action. Check here 

The choice fell on this robotic arm because the combination of payload and extension allowed it to operate in the targeted environment and handle with precise movements big and heavy pieces. In fact, MDF panels are so big and heavy that the choice of a lighter load would have resulted in damages of the load itself.

Up here there is the system in action through all the working phases. The system has been designed to operate for checking the quality and verify the final product with a maximum of 12 pieces at a time.

Customized solution for the client

The client asked for the cleaning of the working area between charges and in particular the milling plane, to eliminate sawdust, powder, waste and other residue.

Given the timing of load and unload, the cleaning function was applied directly to the gripper. It aspirates the lighter residue between the two phases, bringing it to the powder storage facility of the Company. Thanks to two brushes placed on the sides of the gripper, it removes the powder without entering the security cell.

Customized gripper

Verifications and the choice of a good system, in terms of load, power, room for manoeuvre and precision of repetition, are only some of the characteristics that are the basis of its realization.

The second and fundamental need in the realization of the implant is the choice of the gripper, customized for each application. It has been designed to perfectly work with the robotic arm and perform the right grip operations, evaluation of the surroundings and the deposit of the final piece on the pallet outbound.

Safety first

The security cell is a fundamental component that Bosso designs especially to allow the system to operate fully autonomously and safely, preventing injuries to humans or damages to surrounding structures.

Thanks to proximity and contact sensors, if a person opens one of the safety gates or crosses the entry photocells, it will be deactivated immediately.

Bosso believes that the safety and certification of systems before the final testing are two essential components of their realization.

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