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More Productivity through Reduced Scrap

September 15, 2016 / , Senior Editor Production Machining

The market for precision parts in the supply chain for automobile, aerospace and other sectors is mainly characterized by medium- and large-sized batches. With such work comes increased demand for quality and zero error tolerance, along with the challenge of locating bad parts without losing an entire run (particularly in regards to untended operations in which parts are not sorted/inspected for longer periods of time).

In Booth W-2386, Schwanog (Elgin, Illinois) is showing its part selector, which was developed to improve considerably random inspections of series parts. Production batches are checked by a sophisticated control principle, saving time and reducing the sorting costs of faulty parts to a minimum, the company says. The system is available in both standard and SPC inspection versions.

During operation, the system partitions production batches into smaller units using selector bins. The non-contact scanning system acts as a counting device, capturing the total number of parts and number of parts per bin. If inaccurate parts are found, parts in previous bins may still be correct, and can be sorted separately to reduce the number of scrapped parts.

The bins are available in cylindrical and segmented designs, with the bottoms made from perforated sheet metal for oil drainage. The bin system has an indexing table that is passed through the part chute of the production unit. Indexing is based on either time or quantity for filling each bin.

Stop by the Schwanog booth to check out the product and see application videos of form drilling, broaching, thread whirling, and OD and ID grooving. 

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