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Reference project: Increased throughput due to buffer storage

Increased efficiency of the fully automated test system for fully assembled pressure wave switches by adding a buffer memory and integrating the existing manual workstations into the automation process. From now on, ABB's tirelessly working YuMI collaboration robot will support employees in product removal and storage and even enable a full production shift overnight without any personnel.

Extension of the feed line for the fully automated test system for pressure wave switches

To increase the efficiency of the fully automated test system for fully assembled pressure wave switches, the feed line was expanded to include additional buffer areas and two manual workstations. The buffer distance in the product feed allows the customer to control the layer during the night.

ABB's YuMI collaboration robot

An ABB YuMI was used to move the fully tested products from the ring buffer to the staggered output belts, so that work can be carried out without a separate protective space.

Modular software concept

The software framework BAM (Bircher Automation Modeling Library) designed and developed by BBC Bircher Automation was again used as the basis for the software implementation. By using this modular software concept, it was possible to achieve rapid implementation with little future maintenance effort.

Automation system

As a long-standing Solution Partner of Siemens, the decision was made to implement the solution with Siemens products.

After analyzing the requirements, the following components were selected:

  • SIMATIC S7-1200 CPU as controller
  • SIMATIC HMI TP700 Comfort Panels as visualization devices

Full control

The result is convincing: The schedule was adhered to, all customer requirements were met. The system can now be conveniently controlled from several locations.

Customer Benefit

  • Fully automated product feed
  • Integration of existing manual workstations
  • Complete integration into the test stations
  • Increase in the buffer capacity