Building a conveyor system in an automotive plant is a challenging task. OMRON’s technology in the areas of advanced motion, safety, sensing and more help automotive manufacturers promote accuracy and maximum uptime while protecting workers from moving hazards.
Workpiece positions must be detectable in various stages of the assembly process. When difficult-to-detect workpieces (curved, glossy, or casting surfaces) cannot be detected repeatedly, sensors need to be reselected or adjusted. When a sensor malfunction due to the environment causes a line stoppage during mass production, it can take a long time to restart.
Since conveyors come in different lengths and layouts, pushbutton emergency stops may be difficult for operators to reach and therefore may not be the ideal solution. Rope switches can be a cost-effective choice because they provide varying spans and are simple to install along the length of a conveyor. A person working at any point of the conveyor has access to the safety device and can simply pull the cord to stop the system.
With the protected sensing surface, the E3AS photoelectric sensor helps minimize line downtime and maximize uptime when conveying parts to lineside. The increased range of the E2E NEXT proximity sensor offers a solution to applications that could not be solved before due to lack of sensing range.
For automotive manufacturers looking to install a rope switch along an assembly conveyor, the ER5018 offers compact housing with a maximum rope span of up to 40m and a full range of accessories for easy setup and maintenance. In addition, its heavy-duty and vibration tolerant housing makes it ideal for the most common industrial applications and harsh environments.
MX2 Series harmonizes motor and machine control to maximize conveyor performance. Thanks to its advanced design and algorithms, the MX2 provides smooth control down to zero speed, plus precise operation for cyclic operations and torque control capability in an open loop.
Conveying applications for the automotive factory of the future
There is a lot to consider when designing conveyors for an automotive factory of the future. Imagine an OMRON LD series autonomous mobile robot transporting workpieces to an OMRON Mobile Manipulator, or MoMa, so they can be loaded onto a conveyor.
MoMas provide total flexibility in handling and operational mobility. Combining a collaborative robot and a mobile robot, the MoMa is a new breed of robot with all the benefits and none of the limitations of these technologies. The robotic arm is capable of picking up a product and placing it on the payload, as the mobile robot autonomously travels to various locations.