deceptively simple machine that applies a bead of grease to the
three light cones that are part of the climate control cluster in
Toyota motor vehicles.
automotive industry seeks to reduce cost margins on an annual
basis. Suppliers to the industry are reliant on the vision and
ingenuity of their engineers to meet these new targets.
to the commissioning of this machine, operators applied the grease
to the light cones by hand. This proved to be time consuming, and
delivered an inconsistent spread of grease.
robot had to fit into a specific footprint, match the other
machines on the line appearance-wise, and apply grease to the work
piece at a consistent standard, as well as being cost
operator loads the three light cones into the turntable, and then
unloads the finished components from the previous cycle. This
process set a new benchmark; the machine surpasses a human’s
ability to apply the grease, and the operator is free to perform
other processes whilst it is cycling.
by a FESTO PLC, and utilising the efficiency of EFD grease
dispensing valves, the machine was designed, built, and
commissioned over a period of 8 weeks.