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WEISS is a high quality manufacturer of cam, servo, and linear motor driven automation components. We supply the world with rotary index tables, palletized conveyors, linear motor driven pick and place units, cam and servo driven assembly chassis, ring index tables, and machine bases and tool plates. WEISS was founded over 40 years ago and is now the world leader in rotary indexing tables for assembly, welding, packaging, medical devices and many other industries. We specialize in the highest quality craftsmanship and offer an industry leading four year warranty. No matter if you need to rotate 100 tons or pick and place a 1 oz. part very accurately, WEISS has the solution. As the world leader in indexing/positioning tables we still have the most innovative designs and newest products. We also offer many other additional handling and positioning devices for your automation needs.

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Collaborative International Effort by Weiss Maximizes Speed by 25% for Innovative Irrigation Parts System

POSTED 04/23/2015

Willoughby, OH - Combining disciplines between continental entities in manufacturing, design, and production is no small task. Three international entities recently collaborated to revamp the production system for assembling and testing plastic components for irrigation systems. The result was an impressive increased performance of 25%−from 60 cycles-to-75 cycles per minute.

Leading manufacturer of professional irrigation systems and drip irrigation technology Netafim, Ltd. (Tel Aviv, Israel), commissioned Innovative Products & Equipment (Tyngsboro, MA), who manufactures a myriad of special machines for customers worldwide, to improve upon its’ modified linear transfer line which had reached its technical limits at 60 cycles per minute. The performance of this assembly and test station, which produces components fitted in these systems by the thousands, needed to be raised significantly for Netafim.

SOLVING SYNERGISTIC SOLUTION:
Innovative’s President, Dale Beaver, quickly realised that further increases in speed were only possible with a rotary indexing table that in its’ design incorporates fast processing and precision indexing in a single motion. Having had previous success with industry leading specialist for rotary tables and automation WEISS (Buchen, Germany), and its’ subsidiary WEISS North America, Inc. (Willoughby, OH), Beaver initiated detailed engineering discussions with them to seek a complete, integrative solution for Netafim’s special machine.

The goal went well beyond selecting from a catalogue for these process-critical components. It was essential that the rotary indexing table selected would be able to attain the desired speed boost in the assembly and test system. In addition to cycle time, other values had to be factored in the design: reliability, precision, and service.

After close cooperative discussions between all entities, WEISS (Germany/USA) offered a system that combined a unique torque rotary indexing table featuring an indexing ring with the biggest possible inside diameter for the special machine. This was coupled with five matching Pick-and-Place units to complete the unique system− ultimately allowing performance to be raised by an impressive 25% to 75 cycles per minute.

COMPLETE SOLUTION SPECS:
The heart of the WEISS system featured a user-programmable TO750 torque rotary indexing table–mainly due to its extremely high dynamic performance and repeat accuracy. The four-track design beats at 75 cycles per minute and allows production of 300 components per minute.

On a centrally-mounted plate – made possible by the large central opening – sit 16 processing stations, which pick up, identify, seal, and visually check two plastic bowls and a sealing ring before placing them down again.

Five HP140 Pick-and-Place units from WEISS work in combination with the TO rotary indexing table and take care of handling the plastic parts. It was possible to install the units internally thanks to the generous open-center of the rotary indexing table.

The HP units work with a combination of a horizontal and a vertical axis, which is far superior to traditional pneumatic systems in terms of variability and costeffectiveness. Most importantly, however, the high dynamic performance of the Pick-and-Place units matches that of the TO –thereby making Netafim’s goal of enhanced speed a reality.

Additionally, there were concrete, technical problems to be overcome. A large amount of dust is produced when processing rubber seals, which was prevented by using special seals on the rotary indexing table and the Pick-andPlace units.

A potential source for conflict was also overcome in the selection of the control system; as WEISS is able to employ a myriad of drives and control systems to meet the customer’s specific needs. Ultimately, TOs and HPs were effortlessly adapted to Netafim's preferred system; a PLC from Siemens.

CONCLUSION / RESULTS:
Finally, Netafim, Ltd. was able to increase speed and precision performance significantly (25%) for their drip irrigation parts test and assembly system; giving rise to a broad range of products and solutions ideally suited to agriculture, greenhouses, and the mining industry. These increases in productivity were achieved via combining WEISS’s TO750 torque rotary indexing table and HP140 Pickand-Place units to complete the precise, smooth running system.

Through close cooperation between WEISS, Innovative, and Netafim, the first system was successfully devised and repeat orders soon followed. In fact, four identical test and assembly stations are currently at work in Israel. According to Innovative’s Dale Beaver, "Ultimately, the engineers from Netafim were impressed by the quality that WEISS delivers. And for WEISS, close cooperation with customers has always been a key part of the company philosophy. After all, the company sells complete solutions and not just components."

About Weiss
An integral part of the Weiss global network, Weiss North America (ISO-9001 Certified) leverages over 45 years of reliable world-wide expertise to comprise an integrative, customer-specific approach to its vast array of electromechanical products. Our 100% vertical range of manufacturing ranges from rotary indexing tables, handling systems, and linear assembly systems−providing flexible technology for turnkey solutions that incorporate electronics, mechanical systems, software, and comprehensive engineering support. This enables us to provide pre-installed, intelligent, and highly convenient solutions for the entire field of kinematics.

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