Assembly machines are used across a multitude of different industries. Not all companies are producing the same products, and so each company needs a machine that will help rather than hurt. There are four different types of standard machines bases for automated assembly machines. These systems are called a dial index machine, an in-line machine, a floating work platform machine, and a continuous motion machine. Each machine has its pros and cons, and it is important to know the difference between them. Getting the machine that best fits your needs will allow you to maximize cost effectiveness. These base machines can have feeders, orientating tools, inspecting tools, and acceptance and rejection testing tools. This means that once you pick the base of your machine you can begin building how the machine will work.
A dial-indexing machine uses a mechanical drive that spins a circular dial table (could also be a base plate). The machine can also index with positive cam actions. A table that does not rotate is attached above and it raises and lowers itself. It elevates the tooling plate that is mounted near the center of the rotating base plate. One of the advantages of these machines is that it takes up minimal floor space. It is a compact system, but just because it’s smaller doesn’t mean it doesn’t produce amazing final products. Another great thing about this system is that it allows for a large variety of operations. By having central indexing, reciprocating tooling plates, and up and down tooling, this machine becomes highly adaptable.
In-line machines have a rectangle chassis that houses an indexing machine. This mechanism is driving an endless transfer chain. For these machines, products are assembled by the different components on the line. As they travel down the machine different functions happen. This base allows for an unlimited amount of workstations. The shape of the machines allows you to put multiple systems right next to each other. One or few operators can manage multiple systems
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Floating Work Platform: This system uses divergent flow channels. This machine has continuous band motion, which allows for routing parts to be left in constant-motion. These machines work great for non-stop performance. One of the best benefits of this machine is that you can remove work from the assembly line to work at a hands-on station. Once done with the hand stations it can be returned to the assembly line.