Over the years SP Technology has worked with a broad range of industries, including pharmaceutical, medical device, food & drink, automotive, plastics, semi-conductors and electronics. Below are examples of the systems we have designed and manufactured. From stand alone machines to multi-million pound integrated systems SP Technology has worked on a variety of automation systems. However this list is not exhaustive, we are unable to display all of our systems on these pages, if you have an application you would like us to look at please call us for information +44 (0)1382 880088.
The main challenge of this application was to eliminate the inaccuracy associated with the standard industry approach and to design a system which would allow labels to be repeatedly applied and wrapped around 370° on a cylindrical device. The typical accuracy achieved by standard solutions is within 0.5 mm and 5 degrees from reference features on the label, however in this application the accuracies required were within 0.1mm and with no visible overlap at 100ppm.The devices were presented to the machine in trays, and loaded onto a Tooled Beckhoff XTS system, which was used to transfer the devices between labelling modules. Three labelling modules were built, each having three labelling heads. Prior to a Nest reaching a labelling station, the label was peeled off and presented to a vacuum pad where it would be inspected by a vision system. The vision system would feedback the angular and linear displacement from datum edges write these parameters to the IPC controlling the system. Once the parameters were gathered a rotary servo motor connected to the vacuum pad would turn to compensate for the angle offset and the final Mover position was adjusted to cater for linear displacement. Once the label was rotated and the Mover positioned correctly, the vacuum pad would engage with the device, leaving the label behind.Once applied, the label would be left with the ‘tails’ or ‘legs’ trailing and would require wrapping then overwrapping. This was achieved by using a roller connected to an elliptical cam which would engage and disengage the roller at points along a rotary move. A 48 Volt servo motor was used to drive this cam and through a reducing gearbox provided the torque and control to wrap the label in two directions in the short cycle time.
The main objective of this project was to provide automated production equipment that provided consistent and reliable operation whilst having the ability to adjust for different products. Our client also wanted a system which had a consistent design approach across all elements in order to simplify the system for staff members.
A robot loading system, twelve parts per minute. Assemble a large number of industrial applications for suspension systems.
The priority with this system was to ensure it was quick and easy to use so that operatives were able to carry out the task and move onto helping with the machine change over as quickly as possible.
The current machine handled 60 parts per minute, rather than re-tooling the machine SP designed an add on module which is fed from the main assembly unit. The module had to be removable to be switched between two variants.
A linear assembly system, the device had to be turned upside down with the same parts being assembled from both ends at sixty completed assemblies per minute.
Automated system to load pessaries singly into a retrieval net, inspect the integrity of the product and wind the continuous populated net onto a bobbin for further processing.
This system fully assembles and tested a multi-part inhaler at a rate of up to eighty parts per minute and then package them into boxes.
This consisted of four separate machined. The first machine assembled the device, the second machine pressurised the device, the third machine assembled a decorative outer sleeve and the final machine packaged the device into trays for shipment.
Three separate modules each networked and mechanically linked using intermediate conveyors. Inspections were carried out using seven bespoke vision inspection systems, which were controlled and monitored utilising a PC integrated into the machine.
This system is used to carry out three main operations of spinning, wrapping and trimming, which combine to create an end sleeve product. At the end of the process an air system is used to remove the sleeve.
SP Technology has designed and built a multi-axis robot system to load trays with a variety of packs in predetermined configurations. This involved vision for the product tracking and inspections, it also required a tray handling system.
Bowl feeders were used to feed units into an escapement position which would take them into a pre-marking plasma treatment area where they were treated to ensure maximum ink adhesion, then the product is pad printed. Once printed the units are passed through a vision inspection system.
Air conditioning units are loaded manually and connected to an AC unit. A bar code scanner selected the correct parameters for the unit. On completion the results are displayed allowing the operator to correct any faults.
This consisted of four separate machines. The first machine assembled the device, the second machine pressurised the device, the third machine assembled the decorative sleeve and safety devices and the fourth machine packaged the device into trays for shipment.
This system required the packing of boxes into predetermined formations on pallets. The Client wanted increased line speed, enabling them to ustilise labour elsewhere in the facility. The robot automatically loads the the pallets and lifting systems are used to move the pallets away for storage.
Carton assembly machine which removed a label from a stack, glued using a hot melt glue system and inserted into box, creasing the lid fold line and smoothing out the label surface against the boxes internal surfaces.
This automated solution is able to process 200 lenses per minute and fits within the current production requirements. Over the years SP has built fifteen turnkey machines and ancillary equipment for this industry.
Test room system, parts directed on conveyors into test station to be electronically tested. Once testing is complete fail parts are transferred to a rejection conveyor and the parts that have passed are directed through test room to re-join a production conveyor.
This system is a mixer and extruder which handles a batch size of around 150gm. Mix uniformity was extremely important, with the final mix being extruded into a 1mm diameter extrudate for further processing.
Incorporating a vision system as well as a 6 axis robot this system carries out a highly repetitive job, improving the quality of the cut. The most obvious complication was the delicate nature of the product.