Industrial automation and robotics
Tinius Olsen has developed scalable technology blocks to automate tensile, compression, flexural, impact, melt flow and hardness tests. Capable of testing 1000+ specimens in a 24-hour period, saving time and making money.
Scalable technology blocks
Tinius Olsen is excited to introduce the next evolution in materials testing –scalable automation. At Tinius Olsen we have taken a fresh look at how our customers use materials testing machines and software to meet their specific needs in today’s commercial environment.
Accuracy, resolution, data rates, control, precise adherence to test standards, calibration, measurement of uncertainty and traceability are all essential parameters tuned to the highest standards and capabilities in Tinius Olsen testing machines and software.
The next workplace evolution is to ensure this technology is used as efficiently as possible in your test lab and in the control of your materials, product quality and performance. It’s about providing a financially quantified step gain in productivity using Tinius Olsen technology.
To achieve this we have developed scalable technology blocks to automate tensile, compression, flexural, impact, melt flow and hardness tests. Our systems can deal with low milli Newton forces to high thousands of kNs and process from 30 to 1250 tests a day.
Tinius Olsen can provide an affordable solution to deliver the step change in productivity and profitability your business needs.
Automated system configurations
1. Manufacturing Vision System
This is a video camera which supports the test output package with visual analysis at points throughout the test. It strengthens the data recorded for future replay, either in a virtual test environment or for recognition of specimen break types in support of an impact test.
The cell housing the automation system is configured with four specific objectives and capabilities;
1. FOOTPRINT. Optimize the footprint and envelope of the automation cell in support of productivity.
2. SAFETY. Transparent impact resistant panels give the user a clear a view of the system while providing protection from moving parts. Optional user recognition for interlocked cell access for users and/or service personnel.
3. ACCESS. Light curtains in the cell panels allow people to operate safely while near the robotics.
4. FLEXIBILITY. The system is an investment in performance for many years, therefore the cell design and construction supports future repositioning if required.
3. Camera Monitoring
Samsung 1080P full HD streaming camera with night operation for when the automated system is running in a light-out energy efficient room. PC and Cell phone accessible 24 hours a day by operators and maintenance teams in support of system SMS or email system monitoring and performance alerts.
4. Specimen Measurement Station
Consists of single or multiple measuring heads enabling fast measurement of specimens in one or more axes whether rectangular, round or profiled shapes. Available in measuring range 12.5 to 150mm, 6-digit display, max error on 3μm scale 0.001mm, repeatability 2μm. Measurement force ranging from 0.65N to 5.7N based on configuration.
5. Specimen Racking
Designed and configured to support the system for optimum productivity. It holds a suitable number of test specimens to cover a shift or product run, whether 8, 16 or 24 hours. It allows you to load once and walk away. Also supports live loading so that actual testing does not stop.
From two-axis linear robots to full 6-axis articulated solutions, the automated system is configured to meet productivity objectives and achieve optimum handling of test specimens from entry into the cell through to ejection and post-test handling.
Robots are configured for light weight pay loads such as thin films and medical devices, through to heavy metal component payloads of up to 7kg with a maximum composite movement speed of 11,000mm/sec. The robot’s position detection and brake systems are fully integrated with the Tinius Olsen control and monitoring system platform.
End effectors or hands are designed to meet specimen needs in terms of shape, profile, gripping force and surface finishes.
7. Bar Code Reader Station
1D or 2D bar code reading enabled using reading light source pattern of single dots, 625nm LED illumination: 630nm LED’s. Image field 46⁰ horizontal x 29.5⁰ vertical, max swipe/read speed 2.3m per second.