Innomech improves manufacturing efficiency for Michell Instruments
Automation consultancy GB Innomech (Innomech), based near Ely, has designed and developed a new semi-automated workstation to help a local company and major UK manufacturer to improve the manufacturing efficiency for one of its leading ranges of high precision industrial sensors.
The new system (above) will allow Michell Instruments to shorten production timescales, further improve product quality, and to increase its capacity to meet fast-growing international demand for its Easidew dew point sensors, particularly from the US and major European markets. Easidew sensors are routinely used for moisture measurement in gases and liquids across a broad range of sectors including industrial processing, medical gases, and compressed natural gas fuelling stations.
Innomech has designed the easy-to-use workstation to replace a previously repetitive and time-consuming manual task of screwing a polymer or stainless steel guard component onto the body of a sensor housing. The new system requires almost no operator training and is based on an Atlas Copco torque driver which tightens the two components together following a defined torque profile. The system can immediately identify and warn its operator of any cross-threaded components or if the guard is incorrectly seated at the end of the cycle.
“Innomech has specifically developed this new workstation to handle our existing Easidew product range but also with the flexibility so that it can be easily adapted to accommodate new products in development. The new system will speed up our assembly timescales, improve the process of manufacture in terms of quality and repeatability, and has the option to be integrated into more fully automated production processes in the future if required,” said Mike Selwood, operations manager at Michell Instruments.
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