This application required cutting rolls of flexible material into precise pieces and being taken up by a machine gripping station to be grabbed by the customer’s robotic application.

Material: Rolls of flexible material with a maximum width of 965mm [38”] and material thickness less than 10mm [0.39”]

Our Solution:

AZCO Corp. designed and manufactured a custom cut-to-length assembly with a heavy duty unwind, material positioning station and machine gripper station to precisely cut pieces of flexible material from a roll form.

  • The material is loaded onto the heavy duty unwind.
  • Safety chucks ensure the material is held in place on the air shaft.
  • An AC motor and drive will power the airshaft.
  • The unwind station includes a variable speed motor and control panel.
  • From the unwind, material travels under a dancer assembly.
  • An electric sensor will monitor the presence of the material loop and turn the motor on when the loop is not present.
  • A low product sensor monitors the roll diameter and will pause the machine when the roll reaches a predetermined diameter.
  • Unit can be operated in automatic or manual modes with a dry contact one shot input.
  • Material is then pulled into cut-to-length station by a set of precision ground urethane drive rollers.
  • Pressure between the rollers can be manually adjusted.
  • A toggle switch allows the operator to lift the idler roller for easy setup of a new web.
  • The unit includes precision ball bearings which do not require lubrication.
  • An internal guide directs the material from the drive rollers into the knife assembly.
  • A no product sensor will automatically shut the unit down when no product is sensed entering the rollers.
  • Material is then cut by a D2 Heat Treated Tool Steel blade into precise pieces.
  • The unit’s light tower will both visually and audibly alarm operators for any faults or errors.
  • A set of machine grippers will precisely grab the sheets of material once they’ve been cut.
  • Grippers are electronically geared to the feed system to control tension on the material during the feeding process.
  • This station will have a safety enclosure which is bolted closed.
  • An edge guiding system will monitor the tracking of the web of material and will adjust the unwind orientation to correct the web positioning.
  • Edge guide control panel is mounted by the unwind station.
  • A sensor monitors the edge of the web and adjusts accordingly to maintain a constant position.

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