The IR4 team have engaged with Hastings Deering, Mackay to provide a solution that automates the, labelling and storage of various hydraulic hose diameters using the latest IR4 automation technology.
This is one of the more challenging projects the team at IR4 have tackled due to the flexibility of the hose, the many variations in hose diameter, type and length to be presented to the system. Additionally, there is a requirement for high-speed throughput and a cassette staging area to hold the various diameter hoses. An operator will schedule the daily cut list through the HMI.
The system selects the correct hoses from the cassette staging area throughout the shift and presents them to the three stations on the cutting table. The system then measures the hose length and cuts the hose to the desired length within a high degree of accuracy and labels the hose with a unique identifier.
Following the cutting the 2nd handling robot collects the hose from the cutting table and presents it to the automated vertical storage rack. On the outbound side of the vertical storage rack, the hoses are picked up by a third robot that presents the hose to a cleaning station where a polyshot is passed through the hose to clean it. The polyshot is digitally inspected to ensure that it has been sufficiently cleaned, if not the process is repeated until the cleanliness requirement is achieved.
This project is currently in development.