FactoryFix Case Study, Cabot Microelectronics
Cabot Microelectronics used two different FactoryFix Experts for Robot System Integration to retrofit an existing Fanuc Robot Palletizing System that had been sitting unused in their facility due to an unsuccessful installation by the original Robot Integrator. Cabot found two qualified companies to do the work on-site at their facility in Aurora, IL by posting the project on www.factoryfix.com.
Full System Retrofit — went from an unsuccessful installation to fully operational automated system.
Automated Production — Elite Automation programmed the system to run unattended for 3 shifts.
Added Functionality —Elite Automation also modified the system to run an additional part number.
Refurbished Fanuc R-2000 robot with IR vision system
Fanuc ArcMate robot with custom ultra-sonic knife tool
Custom designed Piab vacuum gripper End-of-Arm Tooling
Compass Automation, Inc worked with Cabot Microelectronics to redesign a 2 robot system to de-palletize large bags of silica powder, cut-open the bags using an automated ultra-sonic knife, and dump the powder into a large hopper. The system had been sitting idle on the customer’s floor for over a year due to a poor execution by the initial Robot Integrator. Cabot used FactoryFix to find local automation companies that had the expertise to retrofit the system and get them back on track. After posting their first project under the End of Arm Tooling Design category, they were connected with Compass who quoted and eventually won the job. Compass designed and built a complicated vacuum gripper that accommodated two different product sizes. The gripper also had to be designed with automated flappers to mimic a human shaking the bag over the hopper to make sure all of the powdered silica got out of the bag. The second robot tool that Compass was hired to design was a custom ultra-sonic knife tool that was mounted on the refurbished Fanuc Arc-Mate 100 robot. This tool was designed for ArcMate robot to cut slits into the silica bag while the R-2000 robot was holding it with the vacuum gripper.
Once the two EOAT’s were built and mounted to the robots, Cabot Microelectronics needed to find another local supplier to come in and program the system (Compass had a scheduling conflict). They posted the project request on FactoryFix and were connected with Elite Automation, an automation company based out of nearby Carol Stream. Although it was a complex system, Elite Automation wrote the program and successfully ran-off the system within two weeks. Elite has since been hired by Cabot Microelectronics several more times for program modifications and upgrades.