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Lighting Components Supplier Improves Assembly Throughput and Increases Quality

by Val Cureton
Adept Technology, Inc.

Problem:

Effectively manufacturing modern lighting systems in high volume, such as fluorescent light fixtures, has traditionally been a very labor-intensive process. Labor costs and the need to precut and stock various lengths of wiring for different fixture configurations reduces materials management flexibility and results in higher levels of work-in-process, and more waste and obsolescence. Vossloh-Schwabe GmbH, a major German supplier of lighting components, needed a more efficient production system for their manufacturing customers to use to improve assembly throughput and increase quality levels while assembling lighting fixtures.

Solution:

To increase overall productivity, and let assemblers easily adapt to new fixture configurations, Vossloh-Schwabe engineers needed to bring together a combination of sophisticated robotics, machine vision and motion control technology. And, all of it had to be controlled with an easy-to-use computer interface for the operator. Vossloh Schwabe GmbH developed an automated, robotics-enhanced, assembly cell using Adept's robots and V+ operating system that enabled their customers to significantly improve overall assembly throughput while simultaneously increasing quality levels. The Adept robots offered a working radius of 1100mm, and Adept's V+ Operating System allowed Vossloh-Schwabe engineers to effectively work in a single environment, which allowed them to develop a consistent and unified software user interface for both operators and programmers of the system.

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