AIM JORACO PROVIDES A SOLUTION FOR SPECIALITY FILTER MANUFACTURERS THROUGH THEIR TOGGLE-AIRE MODEL 3530 (UP TO 16-TONS OF FORCE)
At AIM Joraco, we provided a top manufacturer of specialty filters with a turnkey solution for a technically sophisticated punching application. AIM Joraco’s automation specialists worked to engineer and manufacture a product that would comply with strict clean room standards and was based on AIM Joraco’s 16-ton Toggle Aire® model 3530 design. The solution incorporates a servo-indexed rotary positioner and an optical sensing system for quality control. The dimensions occupy a compact 33.75" x 20.0" footprint and stands 65.0" high, which is the same used in the production stainless steel mesh filters for an aerospace application.
The Model 3530 is capable of producing over 36,000 lbs. of force at 100 psi. It operates on 50 to 125 lbs. of air pressure with a repeatability of +/- .001” and capable of up to 80 stokes per minute. It has low air consumption and a controlled squeeze to over 20,000 lbs. at 100 psi. There are replaceable bronze/PTFE bushings used throughout the entire linkeage and the 8” x 10” precision ground bolster plate is removable to accommodate tooling requirements. This equipment punches extremely small, difficult to manipulate woven and pleated stainless-steel mesh sheets. The machine loads the mesh into nests on a rotary indexer, and as the indexer rotates, a vision system verifies that the part is loaded and oriented correctly. If the mesh is seated properly, the press actuates and punches a hole in the sheet. A second automated vision system takes measurements and monitors tolerances, and if a part is defective, it is ejected into a separate bin.
AIM Joraco’s solution significantly enhanced the manufacturing process of the manufacturer. By implementing the first optical sensing systems to provide feedback on part presence and orientation and the second to assess quality, we automated the entire process. The stainless steel, clean room compatible construction eliminates the possibility of contamination leaking into the manufacturing area and compromising the integrity of filters as they are processed.