custom conveyors

Inspection and Sequencing Line for Wheel Assemblies by Erica Bacon

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Recently Tuff Automation designed, built, and installed a conveyor system to transport vehicle sets of wheel assemblies through a final inspection sequencing line.  Besides the conveyor to transport the wheels through the inspection stations, Tuff also provided a de-stacker, escapement, and stacker, as well as the integration and interface with the test and inspection stations on this line.

The assemblies are placed in stacks of 4 to this line, then index to an escapement that releases one stack at a time to the de-stacker, where the assemblies are separated and released one assembly at a time to the test and inspection stations.  After these stations, the assemblies are re-stacked into the stack of 4, then released for transfer to the shipping area. 

With our full range of in-house services and experience, Tuff Automation met all of the project requirements, including mechanical design, fabrication and assembly, electrical design, panel build, and wiring. We also provided the controls engineering and programming required for the integration and data handling of all of the inspection and test stations on this line. 

After the project was successfully installed and in production, Tuff Automation provided the necessary on-site follow-up support, and has also provided remote support through VPN access.

Watch this system in action:

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Tough Problems, Tuff Solutions by Erica Bacon

When our client came to us they had a big problem to solve. They wanted to get several different parts to one location, in a specific sequence, while maintaining a timely workflow. Before coming to Tuff, they would have had to use a series of five over and unders to move their parts. Over and unders are useful in some situations but five of them would be cumbersome, not to mention expensive.

Tuff engineers designed one system of conveyors that work together to bring the correct parts to the operator. These parts are delivered in two separate dunnage containers (one for the right and one for the left). Once the parts are retrieved, the bins are directed back to their original place. Then the operator can choose the next parts to be delivered.

The system is also designed to store information so the machine would remember six steps ahead what would be needed next. This makes for a consistent workflow with very little down-time. The Tuff solution also saves time since the parts are all brought to one location. If the client had used any other method, their employees would have had to walk back and forth to retrieve the parts. This also causes less physical strain on the workers.

Do you have a material handling problem? Tuff Automation can save your company time and money too. Contact us today for a quote. You won’t be disappointed!

 

Tuff Automation is Expanding! by Erica Bacon

Tuff Automation has been providing custom material handling services since 1993. We are unique in that we custom build each order to meet our customer’s exact specifications. Our distinctive products cannot be found in a catalog. We are known for our quick turn-around times and lower prices. Over the last several years, we have been growing exponentially. Our sales have increased by about 35% in the last 5 years, and we expect them to increase by another 40% by 2022!

With growth comes new challenges, such as space and staffing. Due to our growth we have been leasing a second facility. This has allowed us to continue providing quality products to our customers and reach our goals. Although this space has helped, having all of our operations in the same location is ideal. We are happy to announce that we have begun construction on an addition to our main location. The project is set to be completed by October 1, 2017. We are excited about this new addition and the benefits it will offer. Once the construction is finished, we will be able to assemble complete systems on site. The building will feature a 30 foot ceiling which will allow us to build tall lifts on site as well.

So, why has Tuff Automation had so much success? We contribute it to the people working for us. We have been blessed with many caring and talented employees that make sure our customers are satisfied. As we expand, we will look for more talented people to add to our team. This will allow us to continue to provide exemplary service to our clients. We are looking forward to the future as we continue to grow.

Do you have a question or want to know more about our services? Contact us via email at sales@tuffautomation.com or by phone at 616-735-3939.

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