Chapter 3. Use of Robots in a Range Plant
- John B. Wachtman Jr.
Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
Copyright © 1989 The American Ceramic Society, Inc. and The Porcelain Enamel Institute
Proceedings of the 50th Porcelain Enamel Institute Technical Forum: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 10, Issue 5/6
How to Cite
Gelbaugh, J. (1989) Use of Robots in a Range Plant, in Proceedings of the 50th Porcelain Enamel Institute Technical Forum: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 10, Issue 5/6 (ed J. B. Wachtman), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470310540.ch3
- Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
- Published Print: 1 JAN 1989
Print ISBN: 9780470374856
Online ISBN: 9780470310540
- range plant;
- robotic system;
- ground coat acceptance;
- electrostatic wrap efficiency
Implementing a robotic system and process controls has reduced scrap by $1 million in one year. The acceptance rate on the cover coat line went from 50% to 90%. Ground coat acceptance is now at 94–96%. Some 6000 individual parts are supplied daily to six assembly lines at a less than 2% reject rate. The plant has a firm commitment to do jobs right the first time. The porcelain department used to run seven days a week to supply assembly with five days of material. Now the assembly line can run Saturday, and the porcelain plant doesn't. To ensure efficient robotic spraying, the conveyor was updated for exact product spacing. Part swaying was eliminated by installing a guide rail, which boosted electrostatic wrap efficiency, allowing line speed to be raised from 11 to 16 fpm.