Faster, Simpler, SMARTER, Modular AutomatioN

FLEXBASE is a modular and configurable cell platform for assembly, inspection, forming, joining, and more.

  • Do you need to transition from manual production to semi-automated or fully automated?

  • Does your product need to get to market quickly?

  • Concerned about risk and lead time for a full custom automation solution?

  • Are you looking for a standardized approach to automation?

  • Will you need to reconfigure your automation processes in the future?

  • Does your product have a short lifecycle?

  • Are you launching a product with a highly uncertain volume forecast?

  • Do you need a proof of concept for an automation process?

GET TO MARKET FASTER WITH LOWER RISK

FLEXBASE enables manufacturers to standardize production equipment, simplify engineering and maintenance, and adapt quickly to rapidly changing production requirements. It also provides a lower risk path to transition manual processes to semi-automated or fully-automated.

Flexbase Benefits

FASTER

  • Highly scalable

  • Faster deployment than custom automation

  • Connect together to quickly create a full assembly line

SIMPLER

  • Standardized automation platform

  • Less engineering required than custom automation

  • Easy to maintain

  • Low risk plug-and-play approach

SMARTER

  • IIoT-ready control system including IO-link enabled hardware

  • Ready to utilize OEE Optimizer® Machine Analytics Software

Modular

  • Easy to modify from manual, to semi, to fully-automated

  • Reconfigurable

  • Suitable for many processes and industries

  • Add and remove bases with ease

Flexbase CApabilities

HANDLING

  • Robotic & Servo Control Integration
  • Robotic Integration
  • Conveyance
  • Rotary Dial Indexers

FASTENING

  • Press with Preload and Rotary Compensation
  • Press to Force and/or Distance
  • Nutrunners
  • Orbital Forming
  • Heat Staking
  • Adhesive

TESTING

  • Machine Vision Inspection
  • Pressure Decay Leak Test
  • Flow Test
  • Electrical Properties
  • Dimensional Gauging
  • High Pressure Proof Testing

IDENTIFICATION

  • Laser, Inkjet, Impact Marking
  • Barcode
  • 2D Matrix
  • RFID Systems
  • Barcode Labeling
  • Traceability

SCADA

  • Incoming Material Lot Control
  • Assembly Birth Certificates
  • SPC Data Collection / Monitoring
  • Traceability

ASSEMBLY

  • Synchronous/ Asynchronous Processes
  • High-speed Assembly
  • Small Parts Assembly
  • Multiple Product Capability

SORTING

  • Volumetric
  • Weight
  • Coordinated Motion Bead Path
  • Large Bulk Container Management
  • Vibratory

JOINING

  • Ultrasonic
  • Resistance
  • Friction
  • Wave soldering
  • Plasma
  • MIG

Connect a series of FLEXBASE units to create your own assembly line

What comes with the

Standard Flexbase?

Each FLEXBASE comes with fully integrated vision and controls that adapt to a variety of robot and tooling options, which are easily retooled for product changes. FLEXBASE is a clean room ISO 6 compliant solution.

Guarding

  • Extruded guarding frame
  • Interlocked door safety switches on doors
  • Mounting bracket with stack light
  • Banner LED lighting for work area
  • Optional Removable Lexan panels on top and sides
  • Optional Lexan doors in front and rear with hinges and handles

Power

  • 120, 208, or 240 VAC Options
  • Optional UPS for 208/240VAC Input to 120-208/240 VAC Output

Options

  • (1) Cognex DMR-262S-0542-P Barcode Reader at Pre-stop
  • Mounting for webcams
  • Upper and lower Quickdraw conveyor
  • (1) Pre-stop, (1) stop and (1) downstream blocked sensor on the upper conveyor
  • (1) Stop and (1) downstream blocked sensor on the lower conveyor
  • Light curtains in lieu of guard doors
  • No guarding (manual workstation)
  • Web cameras
  • Belt conveyors
  • Lift and locates for precise part location

Machine Base

  • Fully welded steel frame
  • Powder coated to customer’s specifications
  • Leveling feet
  • Powder coated skins on right hand and left hand sides

Controls

STANDARD

  • Allen Bradley Compact GuardLogix® 5380 Safety Controller
  • Allen Bradley 1734 Point IO Adapter
  • Allen Bradley includes Safety and Non-
  • Safety IO modules
  • Control Panel with 30-Amp Disconnect Switch
  • Circuit Protection
  • 24 VDC Power Supply
  • PLD Safety Circuit
  • 8 Port Managed Ethernet Switch
  • 24 Port POE+ enabled Ethernet Switch
  • Programming Port
  • (3) Segment LED Light Stack with Horn (IO-Link Enabled)
  • IFM IO-Link Master
  • SMC Ethernet/IP 8 Station Valve Bank

 

OPTIONAL

  • Industrial Computer with Touchscreen
  • (3) Station Pushbutton Box
  • (1) PB Station with E-stop (x2)
  • (2) POE Web Cameras (for remote/external monitoring only)

Industry Case Study:

LIFE SCIENCES

FLEXBASE modular automation cells are a faster, simpler, smarter way to meet the dynamic needs of the Life Science industry. As a Clean Room ISO 6 compliant solution, FLEXBASE systems are designed to help Life Science manufacturers quickly automate processes and build accuracy, reliability, repeatability and consistency into manufacturing processes. These work cells can be programmed to automate processes such as dispensing, sorting, welding, fastening or testing of medical supplies and biomedical devices.

Medical Devices

  • Catheters
  • Respirators
  • Stents
  • Pacemakers

DIAGNOSTICS & TESTING

  • Pipettes
  • RNA Extraction Kits
  • Reagent dispensing
  • Test Kits

Protective Gear

  • Bag Valve Masks
  • Booties
  • Face Shields
  • Gowns
  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • N95 Masks

Hygiene & Sanitation

  • Alcohol Wipes
  • Disinfection Robots
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • HEPA Filters
  • Sanitation Wipes
  • Sanitizing Equipment
  • UV light machines, ultrasonic washers
  • Soap

Equipment

  • Dental Chairs
  • Hospital Beds
    Hospital Cleaning Machinery
  • Scrubbers, sweepers, vacuums
  • Mobile Workstations

Soft Goods

  • Blankets
  • Pillow cases
  • Tents
  • Textiles

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