Transformix Engineering, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, has launched CNC Assembly™, patent-pending new technology for flexible high-speed assembly of small parts. CNC Assembly responds to manufacturers’ need to get more productivity and versatility from their production equipment. Assembly machines are typically customized to specific products with relatively low speed. High-speed machines are typically used for high-volume, long-running products, since high rates have always been incompatible with flexibility and adaptability. CNC Assembly gives manufacturers a standard machine that can run at high rates (200 to 600+ parts per minute), but with the quick-change versatility to run a range of different products.
To achieve this combination of speed and flexibility, CNC Assembly uses continuous motion techniques to deliver parts to the assembly tooling at high rates and then employs robotic, servo-controlled motions to carry out the operations.
Transformix is developing a growing family of standard, “plug-and-play” CNC Assembly modules, each designed to accommodate a set of common assembly tasks. Just like CNC machining centers, CNC Assembly machines are general-purpose tools that can be configured and programmed to run a wide range of products.
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