X-Y-Plus Machines

There are many applications where the part shape allows a 2 or 3 axis machine to adequately apply paint, sealer, glue, or foam to the surfaces of a part.  Examples of this are flat panels, frames, louver panels, and simple boxes.  Two or three axis machines are often less expensive than robots, and can be sized to handle a wide range of part shapes and sizes, and are much easier to program, operate, and maintain.  Controls, pumping, and application systems, along with material and paint collection systems, can be built into the basic machine and platform, so itís a 1 piece system.

The video and pictures shown on this page are an example of what we can do with these machines from a simulation of an X-Y-Φ painting machine.  The machine has 3 degrees of freedom, 2-translational axes (X & Y) and 1 rotational axis (Φ).  The X axis has 132 inches of travel, the Y axis has 30 inches of travel, and the Φ axis has 90 degrees of travel.  The size of the machine and limits of travel can be easily changed to suit future applications.  Note that in this case the paint strokes are done using the X axis, while the Y axis indexes from one paint stroke to the next.  Y axis indexing and Φ axis (paint applicator) rotation is done while the spray fan is off the part and with the applicator turned off to eliminate the concern of film build variation during acceleration and deceleration.

The machine itself, along with an air inlet plenum and exhaust plenum, paint pumping systems, and control panel, is mounted on a single platform, and can be run off, disconnected and shipped in one piece (exhaust duct and inlet duct [if used] would be separate), as you can see in the attached pictures.

Again, this is an example of what can be done for X-Y Plus machines for painting, sealing, gluing, and foam injection (or a variety of other) applications.  The shippable cell concept saves money and time in a variety of ways, with 1) a standardized system, 2) complete assemble and test in factory, 3) full runoff with material application at our factory, 4) reduced installation, startup, programming, and tune-in costs, and 5) reduced installation and startup timing (can be installed and started up in a day or weekend around production).

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