We have designed and built many types of manual assembly machines & equipment with single workstations and a low level of automated control. Typically, these stations would include manually operated tooling or fixturing with automated part presence and verification sensors to verify the assembly process. For manual workstations most of the assembly steps are completed manually but it is not uncommon to have some automated steps during the process.
Operators work in a safe, ergonomically correct and efficient method to minimize part-to-part cycle time and increase quality. Feedback systems ensure proper forces, torques and angles achieved during component installation.
Operator workstations assist in manual part assembly with machine verification to ensure all components are present, installed, and adhesive is fully cured. Machines are custom-tailored to each part assembly and include the desired level of automation and verification to meet project requirements. Quality checks are performed using a PLC system and incorporated sensors. Mechanical poka-yokes aid in proper part installation.