Flexible Automation Inc. produces robotic urethane, silicone, and butyl dispense cells that are used in the production of oil pans, engine covers, and electronic housings. Our customers often wish to inspect the bead quality during or after dispensing. There are several ways to accomplish bead inspection, and they range from simple inexpensive sensors to advanced solutions. A common laser displacement sensor can be integrated to the robot arm to trace the dispensed material. This solution is sufficient for simple presence detection. A twodimensional camera can be integrated in the robot cell to inspect the presence and width of the dispensed material. The highest level of inspection is accomplished using a 3D vision system that works in conjunction with projected laser profile generators. Systems such as the Coherix Predator are ideal for ensuring the highest levels of quality.
Flexible Automation utilizes various modular components to provide cost-effective solutions in a short amount of time. We leverage our standardized pre-engineered chassis such as the dual side-by-side shuttle cell, and our robotic platforms. Larger products often require floor-mounted components such as the Flexible Dispense Pedestal (FDP). The FDP integrates the dispense valve positioner, tip-wipe air-jet collar, purge bucket, and cell controls into one free-standing module. The FDP is paired with a large robot inside of a safety enclosure. The robot is used to obtain the product, manipulate it below / above the dispense tip, and then send the product out of the cell.