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Published on May 1, 2016
This video demonstrates another robotics-CNC capstone project utilizing our conveyor workcell. The process was designed to carry out assembly for a customized plug-in nightlight item. The illuminated acrylic components were custom-machined for this project by the CNC department.
Three Fanuc robots are programmed to execute the workcell. The first robot loads and unloads the CNC mill, delivering the engraved workpiece to the other two robots which are tasked with the assembly process. One of the assembly robots inserts the nightlight components together, then the other assembly robot tightens a screw and ferries the finished assembly to an optical testing station.
Each robot is interfaced with the central PLC computer via remote-IO crosstalk. the Haas CNC is also interfaced to the PLC using digital IO. The acrylic engraving and nightlight assembly process are carried out simultaneously.
Robots: Fanuc ArcMate 100i (M-6i) PLC control: Allen Bradley SLC 5/04 Other equipment: Haas VF-1 vertical CNC mill, Allen Bradley RIO.
This workcell was built by advanced students in our Robotics-IV class of Winter of 2016. (listed alphabetically by last name) Josh Aherns Granet Barnett Trevor Karty Mike Martinez Danielle McMillan Jarod Seltenright Robert Walker Jeff Wojewski