LASER AIDED MANUFACTURING PROCESS
Result of many years experience of B&T Group in Storage field, the system allows the automation of the production process, from casted product storage to glazing phase.
The main operation phases are:
- casted product loading on cars
- cars handling and storage through laser guided vehicles
- drier feeding
- dried product withdrawal and glazing lines feeding.
1 - Casted product loading on cars
This operation is carried-out inside automated gates shaped, which host a Cartesian manipulator, equipped with an universal taking device. The manipulator takes the pieces coming from casting machines and put them on storage cars. The loading area gives a dedicated technological program to each product, allowing the suitable productive flexibility. It is also foreseen an additional tracking system through bar code, in order to grant the maximum control on the product.
2 - Handling and Storage through laser guided vehicles (LGV)
Once loaded, cars are taken by automatic laser guided vehicles and transferred in storage area. In this phase, the system extreme flexibility assigns dedicated storage areas, and different stationing periods for the various products. Depending on the technological cycle, it is also possible to send automatically some or all products to intermediate finishing cells, and then put them again in the storage.
3 – Drier feeding
Once the assigned stationing time is ended, the vehicles take cars and feed the continuous drier. The synergy between the automatic handling and the continuous drier optimizes the production, working 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, without the presence of qualified personnel.
4 – Dried product withdrawal and glazing line feeding
At the exit of the drying tunnel, cars are taken again from the vehicles and, depending on the plant configuration, they can be put in a new storage buffer or they can feed the glazing lines. This operation is carried-out in unloading Cartesian gates shaped, of the same type of those used for casted product loading. After this phase the product is directly conveyed to robotic glazing lines.
- With a correct realization of the L.A.M.P. system, it is possible to have an integral automation of many process phases, minimizing the need for human intervention and systematizing the synergies of the plant, at the same time making them more controllable and measurable.
- The L.A.M.P. implementation allows the total automation of the production process from casting to firing for all the productions which require very high quality standards.