The client was building a manufacturing line for a new product and required a work cell to precisely fill the product with four fluids. The fluids need to be recirculated and degasified in bulk in a separate, mobile system that could connect to the fluid fill system.
Andrews-Cooper designed and delivered a fluid fill system and mobile fluid recirculation cart. Thinking beyond just the performance requirements, Andrews-Cooper added extra value by delivering the system with features to reduce cycle time, improve uptime, reduce scrap, and improve ergonomics. A two-position rotary dial was used for the part nests. This reduced the cycle time by 15 seconds since part unloading and loading could occur while a part was being processed. This dial positioned the part nest in an easy to load/unload, ergonomic position for the operator which also reduced scrap from damage caused by misloads.
This tool required frequent access for loading and unloading parts. To ensure operator safety, light curtains were used rather than interlocking doors. To reduce the risk of accidental trips of the light curtains, Andrews-Cooper added LED strips to illuminate the loading and unloading zone different colors to communicate the state of the light curtain: green = light curtain inactive (free to access), red = light curtain active (access will interrupt cycle). This became very intuitive the tool operators a reduced accidental trips of the light curtain, leading to greater throughput and less downtime.