IPTE launches the MMS line (Magnetic Motion System) for high speed assembly lines. With this high-speed magnetic conveyor system, pallet to pallet exchange time can be as low as 0.5 seconds. This is a unique level of performance for the production of products with cycle times ranging from 2 to 4 seconds like small electric motors, circuit breakers, power contacts, components for the automotive industry etc. This innovative solution gives the following advantages compared to classic conveying systems:
- A straightforward drive system using an endless screw in combination with a magnetic drive minimizes maintenance cost.
- A worm wheel is used for accurate positioning of the pallet, which creates the possibility to make use of forward and reverse accurate movements within the operational segment.
- The possibility to convey one of two pallets in parallel within one segment increases flexibility.
- The MMS line is split into a number of operational segments, which can move independently (turntables only moves all pallets at the same time) and makes the system perfectly fitting asynchronous production.
- It is a compact system while allowing large number of production processes to be integrated on the smallest floor space.
- No moving belts which results in a higher technical availability and reduces maintenance.
The MMS line is supervised by a Beckhoff controller using TwinCAT software, and the standard IPTE software (TS1 or Turbo).
This concept allows the integration of almost all manufacturing processes (including pick & place, screw insertion, welding, pressing, as well as automatic functional tests) as required in today’s production in an easy flexible way.
The company provides turnkey projects and ensures the proper engineering, follow-up, the installation, operator and service training. Traceability and reliability of assemblies are guaranteed by the use of standard software.
IPTE is a pioneer in the field of automated assembly lines since many years. In 1981, the company introduced the AFP concept (Atelier Flexible Prodel), a powerful and reliable conveyor system based on workpiece pallets that convey products from station to station on assembly lines. Modularity of the AFP concept allowed integration of additional process stations according to the evolution of the manufacturing process. It has been adopted by the major names in the production and manufacturing industry.
In addition, the company introduced the digitized A3D assembly system in 2003, which offers:
- a wider range of pallet formats,
- larger payloads on the workpiece pallet,
- higher conveying speeds, reducing the exchange time pallet to pallet.