Flexx Reference Execution
Mike had developed both work cells with the Flexx Reference to help initial alignments as well as periodic adjustments, but now he needed to perform a full redeployment. The new 4-cavity mold was almost ready to be released from the tool room, and discussions turned to moving the robot and work cell to a new location. Because of the experience Mike had utilizing the Flexx Reference, he was able to respond to questions regarding the timing with a high degree of confidence that it would only be a matter of hours to shut down, move, and reinstall the cell rather than days.
He worked with the set-up crew including Brandon, Automation Engineer, to execute the redeployment. He allowed them time to pull the current mold from the new location that
was running and then had them set up the new mold. Brandon and the automation team were now ready to begin the redeployment of the Universal Robot.
He unhooked it from the current station and rolled it up to the new station. He locked the robot wheels in place, captured the offset by locking the Flexx Reference mechanical hardware together and saving the point in the URCap toolbar. The program’s waypoints and moves were successfully updated relative to the new reference point and Brandon finished up the redeployment with some end of arm tooling/tool center point changes. The redeployment took under an hour with the offset from the Flexx Reference taking only 5 minutes. The redeployment and the job was a success as the heats were coming up on the press.