Solution: The problem was solved by developing a simple auto name plate feeding system. The large variety of name plate sizes was reduced to just 5 sizes. A custom software to take the data from the ERP and present it to the operator was created. The software also communicated with the automatic name plate feeder for fully automatic operation. The operator now loads a big bunch of name plates on the stacker, then selects many nameplates to mark and gives start marking command. The system automatically marks all the name plates one after the other and stops with an audio visual alarm after completing operation. A single operator easily handles more than 4 marking stations and also some other work.
This same solution with some minor variations have been implemented at many customers.
Solution: We deviced a simple rotary attachment for the existing 2 axis machine where the operator could manually rotate the component and clamp it in place for marking.
Solution: We used the dot type of Pneumatic stylus assembly which has a long stroke of 15mm. As a result, the dome of the piston could be marked in a single setting.
Solution: We had to put an extension on the marking machine so that the marking stylus could protrude out of the marking machine. Then a dotted type stylus was used to take care of the irregular surface on the inside of the ball. The marking which also involved a logo was done very effectively using this trick.
Solution: We used the most versatile dotted stylus with long stroke of 15mm to take care of marking inside the groove as well as the tapered surface.
Solution: We deviced a rotary attachment with a facility to tilt the component. There are finite positions on the tilting attachment to ensure the exact angle of tilting each time the job is loaded. So the marking can be done in such a way that the taper face is not perpendicular to the stylus and marking takes place really well.
Solution: We deviced a custom rotary device for the moving the rings. The device can take the rings from 25mm diameter to 1.2m diameter and the marking was done on the top using the stationary mode of marking.
Solution: A large component handling machine was made. The component can be loaded on the machine and made to rotate. the machine head had adjustment of accomodating diameters from 100mm to 600mm.
Solution: Motorized Column Frame was our solution for both these problem. The Z Co-ordinate can be entered into the controller or software and when the design is marked, it automatically moves the marking head as per the entered co-ordinate.
Solution: The Rotary Marking attachment to the 3 axis controller is meant for marking on cylindrical components. There is a Normal way for synchronised marking ideal for marking of logos and text alike and there is a Stationary mode which is suitable for marking most of the text blocks.
Solution: The Rotary marking attachment to the 3 axis controller is meant for marking on hexagonal components also. The controller or Software is provided with a Block Station mode which has similar characteristics that are useful when marking hex components. This solution has been implemented with a number of engine parts manufacturers as well as fittings makers.
Solution: the Standard Flat Marking machine with the software or controller has the facility to mark logos on the components. This was used to give a effective solution to many plastic parts manufacturers.
Solution: The most versatile dotted type stylus was used here. The large stroke enables us to mark on a surface irregularity of over 10mm. This was used to do the marking on the components.
Solution: The software and controllers are capable of marking a Datamatrix as well as QR Code barcodes. This facility and scanning ability was demonstrated.
Solution: A Pneumatic holding device for name plates was the solution. The operation of clamping and de-clamping was done pneumatically and fast where as the nameplates are required to be placed manually.