An automation system integrator, E6Pos worked with Comau SpA and the operators of the San Grato closed-die forging operation to define and program the production line, such that hot steel parts can be handled effectively throughout the production sequence, including trimming, finish machining, and inspection at the end of production.
A view of the first stage of the forming sequence: the robot takes the heated and trimmed parts and places them in the first press, which scorifies them.
The robot on press-to-press duty, transfers a piece from the first press and deposits it in the second, where it is subject to another forming step.
A detailed view of the robot extracting a workpiece from the press using specially fitted tongs.
A robot is shown positioning the glowing, semi-finished workpiece in the forming die.
The workpieces are formed at temperatures of to 1,200°C, which requires specialize grippers and a customized fire-retardant covering for the robots.
Close-up view of the picking clamp fitted to the wrist of the robot.
The final phase of production at San Grato includes quality checks, coining and depositing of the pieces in the magnetic flux tester. These phases are robotized, too.
The robot deposits the piece on the cooling line following the production process.