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Modular Welding cell
Manders Automation developed an modular welding cell for the projection welding of bolts and/or nuts to punched plates. The concept is made in such a way that the cell can be converted to a new product in a minimum of time. Therefore the cell is universal for several products.

To keep the machine as universal as possible we made the following functions flexible:

  • The operator places the punched plates on a conveyor belt. With a vision system all coordinates from the product are defined and send to robot 1.
  • A flexible solution for the supply of small parts such as nuts & bolts is the any-feeder. This feeder is equipped with a vision system which transfers the right coordinates to robot 2.
  • The welding cylinders are mounted on a servo driven X-Y guide. The several weld positions can be free programmed  within the reach of the X-Y guide.
  • The turntable is developed to handle and weld the product at the same time. Exchangeable fixtures are mounted on the turntable.
  • Both robots are foreseen with gripper fingers with a manual fast exchange system. The different gripper fingers are easy exchangeable.
Cycle flow:
Robot 1 takes a punched plate from the conveyor belt, moves to the turntable, takes out a finished product, positions the new product in the fixture, and rejects the finished product.
Robot 2 performs during the actions of robot 1. Robot 2 takes the necessary small parts from the any-feeder, and places these on the new product at the fixture. When ready the turntable moves to the weld position.
Welding is done during the actions of robot 1 & 2.

Click the following link to watch a video of the modular welding cell:

My name is Joep Weerts, mechanical Engineer at Manders Automation.
Since the summer of 2013 I am working at Manders Automation in Venray. Technique is something that has always interested me. In my younger years tinkering used to be one of the things that really interested me and I always liked working with my hands. On information evenings at school it was immediately clear to me, I want a technical job. I have studied mechanical engineering at the high school in Eindhoven and in June 2013 I graduated successfully.
At school I learned about 3D-CAD software for the first time. Through advertisements I came in contact with Invent in Boxmeer, they thought I might be a suitable person for Manders Automation. At Manders Automation I could get started right away and I would eventually end up on the Engineering department.
Manders Automation had a nice offer in the form of a "technical traineeship". First half a year I would start at the Manufacturing department and then I would go the Assembling department for another half year. Surely because the practical part was too little discussed during the study, this seemed like a great opportunity.
All in all, I stayed at both departments less long than initially planned. After 6 months I had my time at both departments and I could go to the Engineering department. I learned a lot of this relatively short period at both departments and I got to know my colleagues very well.

At this moment I'm now almost 3 years at the Engineering department. In this time I've really worked on many projects, with much diversity. A number of projects I've been working on the last years are:
  • different assembly lines/robot cells for Inalfa Roof Systems
  • robot welding cell for Kuhn Geldrop BV
  • automated welding cell for Doesburg Components
  • double robot milling cells for Doesburg Components
  • spot welding robot cell for WEMO
  • D3 installation for Mühlhoff
  • fan motor assembly line for Vostermans
Manders Automation is an innovative company, that dares to take risks, both with new staff as with developments in technology. Making special machinery at Manders Automation is something that really suits me and where I can explore my creativity. From working under the wing of a "mentor", to engineering the machine independently, I can develop myself very well.
For the foreseeable future I would like to apply knowledge gained in recent years on projects that come my way. Eventually I would like to grow into a fully independent mechanical Engineer.

Manders Automation wishes you a merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2017!

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