When manufacturers are faced with building a new production line, they often take the opportunity to review existing technology and set requirements to help build more efficient processes.
Recently, a heavy truck axle manufacturer, working with a special machine builder, launched a project to procure a horizontal assembly press for a new axle line. The new line needed to achieve improved process quality for the assembly press station as part of a company-wide initiative to improve throughput and reduce rework. The customers’ “minimal hydraulics” mandate created unique challenges for the Machine Builder due to the high forces required in the assembly press stations.
The machine builder reviewed Electro-Mechanical Actuator (EMA) technology, but disregarded it as the solution due to cost, space and other concerns including EMA screw life due to the uneven “spike loads” the actuators would be subject to during production.
After careful consideration, the Machine Builder selected an all-in-one solution, the Kyntronics SMART Hydraulic Actuators (SHA)
for the horizontal assembly stations on the new axle line. The SHAs were rated for 45,000 lbf (200kN) of force and were provided in a parallel configuration providing the force required in a compact package that fit the available space envelope.
Learn how Kyntronics addressed requirements for precise and repeatable control of applied force and position for the Horizontal Assembly Press