Assembly Automation Case Studies: Automotive sump plug feed and checking system

Client: Automotive Parts Finishing Group of Companies
Part: Automotive Sump Plug
Machine supplied: Automotive Plug Feed and Checking System
Overview: This system was designed and manufactured in order to give the customer the ability to 100% inspect that a process had been carried out within their production environment. TQC developed this system alongside the client to allow them to automatically feed various sizes of part from bulk and automatically inspect the presence of a sealing bead.
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Key features:

Laser measuring of a sealing bead on an automotive plug

To meet the demands of 100% checking and inspection requirement that are becoming standard within the automotive industry, TQC designed and manufactured a standalone machine for the automatic feeding and checking of an automotive plug. Utilising an elevating hopper and vibratory bowl feeder to accept bulk product and orientate each plug, a laser measurement system is incorporated to check a feature on the product. The plug is transported through the machine using a walking beam and the part is rotated a full 360 degrees.

The automotive industry based customer required a 100% check to ensure that a continuous bead of thread locking sealant is the correct thickness and continuous round the flange. The system accommodates a single size of stud at any one time, but is adjustable for sizes from M10 to M20, the overall throughput was 20 studs per minute.

Detailed photos - measurement sensor, automated feed system and hopper and inspection overview




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