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FPE & Gatwick Newsletter -Spring 2000     

Element Welding and Staking Machines

FPE's recently commissioned special purpose machine was designed and manufactured for the assembly of kettle element bases.

The machine is self-contained and only requires the standard factory services of electricity and compressed air.

The process is based around an 8-position rotary table with component location.

Element Welding and Staking Machines

Three of the stations are exposed at the front of the machine to allow components to be loaded and unloaded by manual operatives.

The machine has been designed with expansion in mind and currently there are three automatic workstations around the table. The first is a pneumatic press which stakes four tags holding the control unit to the element assembly. The second is a welding unit to weld the neutral extended fixed tab to one of the element tails. The third is also a welding unit with a pick and place system to place and weld the single male tab to the second element tail. With the pick and place turned off, the third workstation can be used to weld a second extended fixed tab (component dependant).

The process is controlled via a P.L.C. with a single welding controller that runs with three independent programmes for the three weld conditions. The controller has the ability to store and use more programmes as desired.

The machine can be operated in automatic or manual mode using a footswitch and has four access doors for machine adjustment. Electrical switched flaps are fitted on the entry and exit apertures of the guard where the indexing table with fixtures passes through. If either of these flaps are moved during the table index the table is brought to an immediate halt.

 

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