Cocktail of challenges overcome by automation

Written by: Tom Austin-Morgan | Published:
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Engineering Solutions Live exhibitor Design & Automation Solutions (DAS) has raised the standard by applying some lateral thinking to help a customer overcome an unusual problem – how to mount Union flags onto cocktail sticks more speedily and with less downtime.

As a result of employing an updated assembly machine with an all-new jaw design from DAS, the customer has increased throughout by a significant 40%, and eliminated inaccuracies caused by the previous method. As a result, overall efficiency in the process has almost doubled.

Mick Stallwood, Managing Director of DAS, says: “It’s all in the detail and a review of the previously used (and often troublesome) process gave us our ‘Eureka’ moment. Once we had redesigned the machine head to a rotary jaw mechanism, it allowed the system to fold the label around the toothpick rather than using the toothpick to push the label into a forming jaw. The nett effect is the same because the flag ends up on the stick. But the process has changed and our new machine has transformed the customer’s manufacturing output and also eliminated the waste previously encountered. Transferring the flag on to the vacuum jaws brought about some initial challenges but they were swiftly resolved by our design office”.

More details about DAS automation solutions (and also the equipment available from DAS partners Unite Automation) can be discovered at the Engineering Solutions Live event on March 12th.

Engineering Solutions Live is a one-day multi-discipline engineering design and production event and offers visitors a unique opportunity to meet and talk with some of the most experienced technologists and application experts in the country. Entry to Engineering Solutions Live is free of charge by pre-registration. The event takes place at the acclaimed British Motor Museum on 12th March. The venue is located at Gaydon, adjacent to the Aston Martin and JLR plants south of Warwick and just 1 minute from the M40. There is abundant free parking, and for visitors arriving before 1030, a free bacon roll and brew too. Tea and coffee are provided free of charge all day at the event, and pre-registered exhibition visitors can also visit the superb Museum, with almost 300 fascinating cars on show, free of charge too (standard adult entry fee otherwise is £14.50).


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