Automated Placement of an Electrical Transformer
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A process engineer working in the electronics industry was looking to automate the assembly of an electronic transformer. These components were being manually assembled and volume requirements had reached a point that the current line production could not increase with demand. The biggest issue with fully automating the assembly of the product was finding the most reliable, robust system to present the transformers for assembly. A secondary issue the engineer was looking to address was the constant management of line inventory on this high volume project.
The prospective client entertained a tray feeder as a possible solution. Their analysis noted concerns with the tray feeders required work envelope, need to be continuously replenished and the need for valuable production floor space to keep supplies on hand for reloading.
The engineer’s recommendation was to implement the GPAX packaging system at the manufacturer of the transformer for loading. Once the transformers were loaded, the tape served to protect these parts during transit as a packaging solution. Once received by the electronic manufacturer plant, these parts were already on a continuous tape and fan folded in an ammo pack. Because those parts were assembly line ready, less on site inventory was required for parts prep which saved the client money and required less warehouse space for storing inventory.
By switching to GPAX, production line inventory increased 200%, packaging expenses were reduced by 36%, warehouse storage space needs were reduced, production throughput per shift was increased by 74% and quality control issues/damaged parts were significantly eliminated.
- Product name
- Automated Placement of an Electronic Transformer
- GPAX Capabilities Utilized
- Overall dimensions
- 152mm wide Continuous Tape, fan folded in cardboard ammo pack
- Equipment used during packaging and feeding of part loaded on GPAX protective tape
- Custom 4008 GPAX Loader
(Mechanically interlocks cover and carrier tape)
Custom 2400 Feeder-
(Mechanically unstitches cover tape from carrier)
- End user equipment used to remove part from tape
- Pick and Place Equipment
- Tape material
- Biaxially oriented, Anti-Static, Clear Film
- In process testing/inspection performed
- Dimensional Inspection, Functionality Testing
- Industry for use
- High Volume Run, 2 million + parts per year
- Delivery/turnaround time
- 10 weeks first article, 12 weeks for delivery of loader/feeder
2 weeks ongoing for tape
- Delivery location
- Standards met
- Customer Specifications
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