SGW Designworks provided system engineering and design for a highly configurable box grabber system that would fit a wide range of products.
The client company developed a proprietary processing element of the system, and SGW Designworks would need to design custom elements for its end-of-arm tools.
A client had successfully sold a medium-sized automation project to a manufacturer, but their internal engineering team was booked with other projects so they needed help to deliver the automation cell on time.
SGW Designworks would need to review the conceptual design of the cell, the work required to fully engineer the system, and determine if the time-frame requirements were doable.
SGW Designworks delivered complete models and 2D drawing packages as promised. Sourcing, fabrication, assembly, and FAT all went as planned.
The project focused on a two-stage system. In the first stage, boxes came down a conveyor belt, and robotic arms shifted them into a grid pattern. Once the grid was completed, it was pushed off the belt into a tray. In the second stage, the same grids were picked and de-trayed, then placed onto another conveyor for processing. Feeding into both the tray and de-tray cells was managed by vision systems and rotary encoders, which were integrated into the design by SGW Designworks.