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Automated Valve Assembly Machine

The Challenge:

As the demand for our customer's valves continues to soar, due in part to increased global industrialization, they needed a way to increase production. Already very familiar with automation and robotics, they turned to RND Automation and Engineering of Sarasota, FL to help design and build their latest automated assembly machine. With over 15 years experience in the engineering, design, retrofit and manufacture of custom automation & material handing machinery, RND was a perfect fit for our customers' needs.

The Plan:

RND worked closely with the customer to determine the sequence of operation of the machine. The machine testing and uptime criteria were considered in the selection of components, selecting only those motors, actuators, and robots that had best-in-class reputations. Using Autodesk Inventor, a 3D modeling CAD package, RND was able to illustrate to the client how the machine would operate at each design review. Using Inventor, the paths and envelopes of the robots could be animated showing the operation of each station before any materials were purchased.

The Solution:

After approval of each station, RND worked closely with a stable of machine shops, fabricators and other vendors to procure manufactured and purchased parts. Assembly was done at RND's facility. Simultaneously, RND's electrical controls group was designing the electrical enclosure as well as programming the PLC, robots and machine touchscreens.



ENGINEERING, DESIGN, RETROFIT & MANUFACTURING OF CUSTOM INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION & MATERIAL HANDLING MACHINERY from Concept to Reality