What digital automation means for panel building
14 November 2019
Automated processes in panel building allow error sources to be reduced, procedures to be speeded up and costs to be cut. However, these things can only be achieved if the components, digitalisation technology and automation technology fit perfectly together. Therefore, Klippon Connect terminal blocks from Weidmüller’s A-Series were designed from the very outset to be “ready-to-robot”.
Once an order for assembled terminal rails is placed via the Weidmüller Configurator software, automated processes are launched immediately. Thanks to the consistent availability of data, all the relevant information for semi-automatic assembly can be read from the order. Lengthy feedback loops are a thing of the past.
Automation of the assembly process, among others, is made possible through the optimised shape of the terminal blocks. Over the last few decades, the focus has consistently been upon ease of handling for the users. The side recess grips are one such example. Automated assembly, on the other hand, has different requirements. The Klippon Connect A-Series was therefore designed with grip-optimised outer contours right from the start. The parallel outer surfaces make it easy for robots to handle the terminal blocks too.
Data, data, data
The automation of further process steps was also considered for the A-Series. The push-in connection system simplifies automated wiring, and the reduced number of labelling angles simplifies fully-automatic labelling. Besides the design, information is also key here. For instance, when performing wiring tasks, robots require the optimal insertion angle for the wire and when labelling they need to know the inclination of the labelling area. For this reason, Weidmüller is already providing its customers with relevant data that exceed the eCl@ss standard.
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