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Assembly Made Simple

In this case study, Air Power builds a custom integrated system that makes Ergonomics, Safety, and Quality simple with a team effort.

Customer

This customer is a supplier in the Truck and Bus industry.

Challenge

The customer needed to outfit a new work cell assembling large metal components. First, the weight of the fully assembled sub-build components exceeded 1000 lbs. requiring a high weight capacity work table. Secondly, the height variation of the operators presented ergonomic issues from shift to shift to ensure each operator performed his necessary tasks at optimum work heights for ergonomics and safety. Thirdly, target torque for each component exceeded the safety threshold for handheld tooling, 69 ft/lbs, and 135 ft/lbs. requiring a torque management solution to be included in the overall work cell build. Lastly, the components needing to be torqued are deemed quality critical, requiring all data for the fasteners to be documented to ensure a proper build.

Air Power Solution

Air Power included the following in our solution; a 2000 lbs. capacity adjustable height pneumatic Presto lift table, a GCI torque reaction arm, and a Cleco MPro 300 controller with right angle NeoTek tool. We were able to meet the high weight by working closely with Presto directly to customize the adjustable height scissor lift table. GCI was able to build a custom torque arm to provide the needed reach and vertical travel while managing up to 240 NM of torque reaction. We were able to mount the torque arm directly to our adjustable height table, allowing the entire work station to adjust to ideal work height for any given operator. All of this wrapped around the brand new Cleco 300 controller with NeoTek right angle tool allowing for a precise fastening solution meeting and exceeding the quality critical parameters required. The Cleco 300 also allows our end-user to monitor, collect, and organize critical data to ensure they every unit out the door is a quality part.

 

Assembly

Results

Air Power’s solution addressed all of the problems the customer faced with this assembly process. The Presto Lift table allows the operator to adjust the height of the entire system to eliminate and bending and back strain. The GCI torque arm holds and handles the Cleco right angle NeoTek tool. This eliminates any lifting and hand or wrist injury from handling a torque tool. Lastly, the Cleco mPro 300 controller gave the customer the ability to ensure perfect quality with every assembly.

 

 

Driving New Technology

 

As the manufacture sector continues to change we understand the tedious task of staying current on the most cutting edge tooling technology.  So, allow us to “Drive New Technology” to your facility for hands on application demonstrations, accurate torque programming, and ergonomic optimization.  Whether this is for a single application demo, in which an Air Power Account Manager loads up the appropriate equipment within their vehicle and brings onsite, or a much larger venture, where Air Power in partnership with a manufacture partner bring in dedicated personal for the day, our goal is to continually be a resource and “drive new technology”.  A few notable campaigns below in which Air Power, in partnership with our vendor partners, drove new technology to the customer for the most optimal customer experience.

 

Cleco CellTour

 

Completing over 35 stops within the Southeast, the Cell Tour proved to be a huge success for both Air Power and Cleco.  The CellTour showcased Cleco’s innovation in reinventing cordless through a unique, dynamic, and fun mobile experience.  When driving this new technology, customers were able to perform hands on testing through interactive demonstrations and joint simulations.  The new CellCore Cordless Assembly platform – Easy to Handle. Hard to Break. – consists of smart, durable, and ergonomically designed battery operated transducerized tools.  The lightweight ergonomic design reduces operator fatigue and the large user interface makes it very quick and easy to program.  The CellTour highlighted the CellCore product, as well as, provided an additional sampling of APEX’s assembly fabrication tool product solutions.

 

Cleco Cellcore CellTourCleco Cellcore Tour

 

 

Graco – Pumps and Process

 

Graco’s Pump and Process trailer has made numerous stops within the southeast; including our most recent location in Salem, Va. This valuable tool is packed with operational diaphragm, piston, peristaltic, and ram pumps ready for any and all to be trained.  Rob Woodward, of Graco, does an excellent job showcasing the products housed within the traveling trailer, highlighting New Graco offerings, including the Husky Electric Diaphragm Pump platform.  These pumps have the advantages of double diaphragm pumps (self-priming, running dry, and stalling under pressure) with the efficiency of an electric drive (up to five times more efficient than pneumatic diaphragm pumps).

 

Graco Pumps and Process Trailer

 

Dyna-Day

 

If you grind, sand, or polish, then experiencing the Dynabrade Difference during an onsite Dyna-Day is a must.  Dynabrade has earned a reputation for excellence and is a leader in innovation design and manufacturing of pneumatic abrasive power tools.  The fully outfitted Dyna-Van showcases Dynabrade’s commitment highlighting all the made in America tool manufacture has to offer.  Whether you would prefer a parking lot trade show style setup or in plant experience, Dynabrade is flexible in catering to the user experience.

Air Power and Dynabrade are currently on a Dyna-Day roadshow within North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, so far completing twelve (12) events with plenty of excitement for additional locations.  A highlight of the event is being able to put the tools to use, including the new Dynorbital Extreme, known for its extreme power, extreme comfort, and extreme performance, this newly released model random orbital sander has been a show stopper.

 

Dynabrade's Dyna-Day with Air Power

Dynabrade's Dyna-Day with Air Power

 

Ingersoll Rand QX – The Future is Real

 

Ingersoll Rands “The Future is Here. The Future is Now. The Future is Real” roadshow allowed for the education and utilization of the QX Series platform of assembly tools.  This tour highlighted the benefits of the QX platform, showcasing next generation functionality; which was evident within the hands on demonstrations that could be performed on the active stations within the truck.  The complete line of QX tools feature: QXN, QXC, QXX, QXM, and the most recent QX+ETS models in both the pistol and right angle orientations.  This robust tooling platform can handle any torque with pistol and right angle orientations up to 2,000NM.  The New QX +ETS models feature an ergonomically enhanced motor algorithm for a significant reduction in the average force experienced by an operator during the tightening process.

 

Ingersoll Rand QX Roadshow Ingersoll Rand QX Roadshow

 

 

Within all of our assemble, move, and coat technologies; Air Power prides itself on our ability to drive these new technologies to your facility.  Not all technologies we drive to your facility, have to be as elaborate as the programs highlighted above.

Our Account Managers – Drive New Technology – every day.

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