Epson Robots announced that RND Automation, a leader in robotics, packaging and automation, successfully leverages Epson robots for its Hydraulic Valve Assembly Machine. The Epson T3 All-in-One and G3 SCARA robots, as well as the C8 compact 6-Axis robots, offer RND customers a fully customized and complete automation solution for demanding assembly operations.
RND, a Platinum level Epson AutomateElite℠ System Integrator partner, incorporates the Epson SCARA and 6-Axis robots with rotary and linear indexers and machine vision for its Hydraulic Valve Assembly Machine, a turnkey solution for the most demanding assembly operations. RND reportedly chose the Epson T3 All-in-One SCARA robot for its fast installation, low cost and all-in-one design, with a built-in controller, perfect for simple pick and place operations, and the G3 SCARA robot for its increased speeds and inertial loads for the more demanding stations. The Epson C8 6-Axis robot was also selected for its SlimLine design perfect for applications with limited workspace. With a compact wrist for efficient motion in tight spaces and a compact elbow for optimum workcell layout, the Epson C8 6-axis robot has a wide range of motion, so parts can be accessed from virtually any angle.
“Leveraging the Epson robots’ precision and fast cycle time, our Hydraulic Valve Assembly Machine can produce one valve every six seconds solving our customer’s need to ramp up volume and improve product quality,” said Sean Dotson, president and CEO, RND Automation. “Also, due to the compact workcell design, our customer freed up a large amount of manual production floor space.”
The Hydraulic Valve Assembly Machine is based on RND’s Modular Assembly Platform (MAP), which utilizes a linear motor puck technology to move the parts from station to station. With the modular design, each station can carry out a new component assembly or inspection. The Epson T3, G3 and C8 robots pick parts ranging from nuts, housings, and springs, to adjustment screws and hex bodies, assembling them into the awaiting pucks. A leak test is performed at the final station and finished valves are exited from the machine.
“With 20 years of experience in industrial machinery design, RND is well equipped to provide customers with production-ready automated equipment that can help cut labor costs and improve quality and production rates,” said Gregg Brunnick, director of product management for Epson Robots. “The company’s team of experienced engineers and designers make sure to set customers up with custom RND/Epson Robots solutions that are efficient, robust, and reliable.”