New Robot Arm with Laser Level Adjustment

Press Release Summary:

  • Provides more accurate identification of molds and parts with less manual manipulation
  • Allowing for quality protection of products during the production process
  • RFID scanning equips the robot to recognize and group like products together for the efficient mold shelling process in the less run time

Original Press Release:

Continued Investment in Automation – Robot Arm Replacement & Introduction of Innovative System

Franklin Bronze Precision Components is pleased to announce its next generation of automation upgrades for its shell room. Franklin Bronze Precision Components has been on the forefront of automation when it introduced robots to their investment casting manufacturing processes in early 2005 – making it a leading advanced automated investment casting foundry. Franklin Bronze continues to stay ahead with its latest introduction of new robotic technologies.

Franklin Bronze kicked off 2020 by upgrading the robotic arm and supervisory system in Shell Room 2. Installed by Shell-O-Matic, Inc., the robot arm was replaced with a new state-of-the-art one. Additionally, the SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) system, the operating platform, was upgraded to the newest version available. The upgrade allows for unlimited future growth and flexibility of Franklin Bronze’s investment cast shell room processes.

The new operating system provides more accurate identification of molds and parts with less manual manipulation, essentially allowing for quality protection of products during the production process.

With this investment, Franklin Bronze implements Industrial Industry 4.0 technology with the installation of first of its kind automatic laser level adjustment, a technique brand new to robots and automated investment casting foundries.

“The new robot arm, with the laser level adjustment, can automatically and instantly determine the level of slurry tank and will stop if it’s too low,” exclaims, Chris Barber, Operations Manager. "It senses the levels on its own and is a great example of Industrial Internet of Things or IIoT with its interconnected sensors triggering the robot to respond. It's a game-changer and keeps us way ahead of the competition."

In addition to the groundbreaking laser level adjustment, RFID scanning was also installed. Radio-frequency identification or RFID scanning equips the robot to recognize and group like products together for the most efficient mold shelling process in the shortest run time necessary.

For more details on the upgrade: https://www.franklinbronze.com/continued-investment-in-automation-for-anadvanced-investment-casting-foundry/

About Franklin Bronze Precision Components

Franklin Bronze Precision Components manufactures investment castings for glass container, pumps & valves, steel, automotive and food processing. Franklin Bronze provides high-quality, consistent products supported by technical expertise, in-house tooling & machining, and automated processing. Located in Franklin, Pennsylvania, Franklin Bronze Precision Components is known for speed to market and close collaboration with customers.

Contact:
Shelly Winters, Marketing / Sales Coordinator, mwinters@franklinbronze.com, 814-437-6891 x104

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