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DRYER BAFFLE ASSEMBLY STATION
CHALLENGE:
To increase production, an appliance manufacturer needed to automate the process of fastening the baffles to the inside face of its clothes dryer drums. Operators needed to be able to ergonomically load the drum and three baffles into the machine, and then unload the assembled parts. The cylindrical shape of the drum also made alignment tricky.
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SOLUTION:
A machine was designed incorporating a custom fixture and six heads to drive the screws mounting the baffles to the drum.
An operator places the drum on a lift which lowers it into the fixture. The operator then twists the drum until pneumatic detent devices click into place for proper alignment of the drum with the driving heads. The baffles are dropped into nests which then pivot them into proper position.
The blow-fed driving heads complete the screw-driving operation, and the finished assembly is automatically lifted out of the fixture for ergonomic unloading. Light curtains ensure operator safety during the process.