A pioneer of direct-drive pick & place and multiple-axis modules, WEISS and its subsidiary, WEISS North America, recently completed three, turnkey TR1100, ring-style chassis systems for a west-coast medical parts manufacturer.
Their client‘s diverse medical product line provides patients and caregivers safe, innovative, life-enhancing medical devices that help improve patient outcomes by minimizing bacterial ingress that can cause bloodstream infections, and preventing exposure to infectious diseases or hazardous drugs. Their most recent manufacturing challenge was for a closed female luer valve, that would require a robust system featuring 24 install stations for a three to five piece assembly production process.
Whereas the medical parts client had only a small build shop, they sought out WEISS to provide a one-stop solution that would allow them to maximize efficiencies, while granting them more time to focus on multiple projects. They also desired a quiet, smooth running system for their clean room application.
The key to the WEISS solution involved their TR1100 ring style chassis featuring a ring indexer, stationary plates and riser. These were all housed in a unique octagon-shaped frame design, that is enclosed with a guarding system on the lower half for protective access to controls and mounting automation.
The comprehenisve system was manufactured, tooled, mounted, and machined complete by WEISS at their Willoughby, OH facility, and delivered to the client as a one-source, preassembled medical parts assembly solution.WEISS engineers faced the daunting task of building a base machine chassis that can accommodate 24 install stations for a three-to-five piece multiple size medical valve assembly process that included: loading, pressing, ultrasonic welding, leak testing, inspection, ejecting and more.
Ultimately, this proved no problem for WEISS as the combination of robust construction of the TR1100 Series System and octagon frame design provided more than enough scope for coupling with the multiple processing stations.
At the heart of the system, the TR1100 Series rotary indexing rings feature a large central opening (up to 1750 mm possible), extremely flat design and a high level of parts accuracy. The ring-shaped design allows extra free design space, and the rotating aluminium ring can be adjusted to client‘s specifications in terms of diameter and thickness.
WEISS’s TR1100 modified chassis design was based on the client‘s request for the octagon shaped frame beneath the top plate. This fully enclosed guarding undercarriage system is comprised of a combination of aluminum extrusion and sheet metal fabrications that included six bolt-on panels and two swinging door panels for access to controls. The entire frame was powder coated.
The frame extrusion also needed to be flush with both the top plate and the mount enclosure doors. The index table has a 2 in. thick aluminum riser, the octagon table top is 63 in. across flats and 1.25 in. thick. The 48 in. diameter aluminium dial plate is 1.00 in. thick and the 44 in. diameter stationary tool plate is 1.25 in. thick.
All chassis system plates featured a hard coat anodized finish that is essential in providing superior durability.