The Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) system has several key components: an automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS), at least one automated workstation such as CNC machining, a continuous-loop conveyor, a central management control station, a TCP/IP communication network, and OpenCIM software.
Additional workstations can be added at any time for executing a variety of automated tasks, such as laser engraving, hydraulic and pneumatic device operation, process control, and quality control inspection.
CIM/ FMS Options
Machine Tending Station
This package can be used as a stand-alone workcell, or integrated within a CIM system. The robot tends the CNC machine and performs other part manipulation and/or assembly tasks. When used in a CIM system, the robot loads and unloads parts to and from the CIM conveyor. The robot is mounted on a linear slidebase for mobility within a larger work area. Any of the MTS stations can be used as a standalone FMS.
The ASRS Storage Station is a floor-mounted or a table top automated storage and retrieval (ASRS) system designed for educational use. The system’s dedicated Cartesian robot transfers parts between storage cells and conveyor pallets at the ASRS station. The robot is controlled by Controller-USB and by a dedicated ASRS software module in the OpenCIM software. An optional hand-held teach pendant can also be used for direct control of the ASRS.
Assembly & Quality Control
The Assembly and QC station is equipped with a variety of assembly and quality control devices as well as with local storage devices. This turnkey station gives students training and skills in assembly, quality control, robotic programming, and automated manufacturing systems.
The automated Welding Station can be used as a stand-alone workcell, or integrated within a CIM system. When used in a CIM system, the robot loads and unloads parts to and from the CIM conveyor in addition to performing arc welding and part manipulation tasks.
The Conveyor frame is constructed of extruded, black anodized aluminum, and its moving belt is a double flexible-chain rail.
The PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) can control and monitor the flow of pallets on the conveyor with the help of sensors and actuators built into the stop stations.
Pallet Tracking Station
The stop station allows the PLC to control and monitor the flow of pallets on the conveyor with the help of sensors and actuators that are built into the stop stations.
The OpenCIM software is a computer-integrated systems management solution that contains all the elements found in fully-automated facilities. Shop floor management controls the operation of all the elements of automated factory. Administrative software connects the shop floor management to the production facility’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). The OpenCIM software contains an ERP package which breaks down customer orders to analyze bill of materials, check availability of raw materials, produce vendor’s purchase order and schedule production based on expected lead times.