The automation of production processes has become increasingly important in recent years. One of the most important aspects of automation is the use of workpiece carriers, which help to structure production and increase efficiency.
Workpiece carriers can be used to automate the handling of raw materials, components and finished products in a production plant. This can significantly reduce manual labor for manufacturing employees and increase efficiency, as the workpiece carriers can be programmed to follow specific routes on a defined matrix (see graphic), pick up and transport materials, and even load and unload materials into and out of machines.
cell Workpiece carriers also have defined fixed points (green) that can be used to calibrate automation components. In this way, carrier sizes are clearly recognized throughout the production process. In general, all Zell workpiece carrier systems are developed for automation:
Advantages of parts cleaning with workpiece carriers
One of the most important steps in any manufacturing process is the cleaning of components prior to assembly/commissioning. This ensures that the individual components are free of deposits/residues, contaminants, solvents, oils from the previous production steps. These could affect the performance and life of the manufactured assemblies. Component cleaning can be a time consuming and labor intensive process, but is critical to the quality of the final product.
This process can be made much more efficient through the use of workpiece carriers and matching cleaning baskets. These are not only capable of transporting the parts, but can also fix them in a fully automated cleaning process in such a way that gentle cleaning is possible.
In today's manufacturing environment, it is critical to minimize downtime and maximize production efficiency . One of the ways to achieve this is through innovative workpiece carrier systems that minimize reloading operations between production and logistics.
Reloading operations occur when workpieces need to be transported from one production step to another or from production to logistics. These processes are often still mapped manually and increase the risk of damage to the workpieces. By minimizing reloading operations, manufacturers can reduce unnecessary labor and improve the overall efficiency of their production processes.
With ZELL® , a clip/multiclip fits on a workpiece carrier, which fits in a basket, and these in turn are standardized to the sizes of EURO pallets or Schäfer I and II dimensions:
Workpiece carriers play a crucial role in the heat treatment of metal parts. Heat treatment is a process in which metal parts are heated and cooled to achieve specific mechanical and physical properties. The goal of heat treatment is to improve the strength, hardness , and toughness of metal parts while ensuring that they maintain their shape and size.
Workpiece carriers are used to transport metal parts during heat treatment. They provide a secure way to hold the parts in place and transport them between the different phases of the process, such as heating, cooling and quenching. They play a critical role in ensuring the accuracy and consistency of the heat treatment process. The modularity of Zell products also allows them to be used in the appropriate wash basket. This means that the parts only have to be used once in the overall process.
When delicate parts are transported in a workpiece carrier, it is important that they are secure and protected from damage during transport. One of the simplest and most effective ways to achieve this is to use plastic clips.
These are manufactured in a variety of sizes and shapes from high quality polyamides that are durable, flexible and lightweight. They attach easily to the parts to be protected, holding them in place and preventing them from slipping or damaging their surface during transport.
With our latest ZELL® Factory System, you can flexibly build the inlay of your small load carrier (KLT). In doing so, the configuration of the KLT always starts with the right receptacle for your component. The right clip is then mounted on a workpiece carrier. This can then be inserted as an inlay into a KLT or the matching ZELL basket.The containers are well suited for automated production, cleaning, temporary storage and logisticsLearn more about our modular inlays in KLT
Although our system technology regularly reinvents itself and redevelops central products, all ZELL workpiece carriers build on each other in a modular way. Currently, you can request our products from the ZELL® Factory System 2022 and established systems. If further adaptation is required for your workpiece, please feel free to contact us directly or find out more about our individual industry solutions information. We are looking forward to your inquiry.Download e-book now
We will be happy to generate 5 images of the workpiece carrier system that specifically fits your component. All we need is a CAD file of your workpiece. As a ZELL customer, you will be credited the one-time expense of 500,- USD for this with a subsequent order*.