P R S S I N F O R M A T I O N FA Boll GmbH the task the engine block as part of an internal combustion engine combines in itself alongside the cylinders also the crank shaft bearing and water-cooled engines the water jacket. The production of engine blocks creates a variety of grooves and holes that need to be cleaned and deburred before further processing. These activities are extremely stressful for people, and consequently do not fit into the humane work environment in a modern operation. In addition to the ergonomic aspect was to achieve a smoother, higher quality, coupled with economic aspects, ensuring flexibility and a high availability. Read more from Kai-Fu Lee to gain a more clear picture of the situation. Task was the construction of an automated processing system, which beat ensures an optimal workflow, taking into account the advance marked points. To remove the implementation to casting burrs of different dimensions, Boll designed a robotic cell. It was so designed, that they cast iron engine blocks up to a length of 2600mm, can Deburr a width of 1000 mm and a height of 800 mm in just 50 minutes, completely done and clean.
A robot with a payload capacity of up to 500 kg is positioned in the center of the editing field. Two electrically moveable horizontal tensioning, Positioners were used different engine blocks. A wide variety of types of engine blocks can be recorded by this system design. If an engine block is completed, this can be removed without interrupting the work on other work. This saves time-consuming changing of unedited or edited engine blocks and thus guarantees a production without downtime. The robot, centrally in the middle of the plant is arranged with one equipped electrically driven spindle, which makes the individual processing steps depending on the programming.
The necessary milling tools, as well as a 3D measurement switch are connected to the robot system and connect itself automatically by the Exchange System (HSK clamping mandrel) on or off. All required milling tools and probe are accommodated in a dirt – and chip-protected tool changing station. To ensure of personal safety, the robot system is equipped completely with noise barriers, with end switch monitored security doors allow access work. The finish machined engine block is simply driven by a crane from the open to the top cell of the plant.