Innovative solution for movement of Two Wheeler from assembly Conveyor to floor
Challenge & Innovations
A leading motorcycle manufacturer wanted to automate the manual transfer of fully assembled two wheeler from the Conveyor to the ground. The vehicles were on the main stand, clamped to the conveyor. Two variants of the vehicle had to be picked vertically, travel a horizontal distance and then be placed on the ground using the same system. The limitations of standard pick and place systems meant a fresh approach was required in the case. The solution was to be implemented in limited head room.
Fine Handling proposed it’s proven ElbowLIFT® which is an ideal choice for loads that need a vertical lift.
A specialized gripper was designed to lift the vehicle with the help of its handle and rear guard. Utmost care was taken in order to ensure that the gripper or any other part of the system will not touch outer body of the vehicle. As the vehicle arrived at the designated point on the conveyor a line interlock established a perfect sync and automatically brought down the ElbowLIFT® to half the distance.
Another hidden challenge was the variation in the stop-point of the Conveyor. Fine Handling’s team solved this by providing the gripper with a float which allowed the Operator to adjust for slight variations in the position of the vehicle on the conveyor. A servo motor drive was attached for vertical up/down movement of the ElbowLIFT®. The horizontal travel of the ElbowLIFT® was also automated using an induction motor to achieve the cycle time of less than 60 seconds.