3175-mm table plate for mounting the tooling. The integrated rubber seals expel dirt, dust, and debris without accordionlike way covers that can reduce travel by as much as 15%.
A Centurion single-axis controller runs the stepper motor and lets operators select different belt widths. The user interface, written in onboard ACL software, includes a full-screen text editor, an integrated compiler with debugging features, and an integrated communications program. A jog program permits manual motor positioning from a PC keyboard while a teach mode automatically generates the motion program. Once a program loads into controller memory, it may run either from a PC or from the controller front panel. The controller has all necessary power supplies built-in and includes start, stop, and e-stop buttons. The approach greatly simplifies the prototyping, setup, and manufacturing processes.
“The automated machine substantially lowers production cost and demonstrates how small, low-cost automation projects can provide a big payoff,” says Bob Gaulrapp, manufacturing manager at Stock Drive Products. “The machine paid for itself in a matter of months,” adds Perry Pierides, belt department manager at the company.