Quick reconfiguration required

First-class wallet: designer fashion relies on Industry 4.0

Flexibility, short cycle times and optimum use of materials: these were the requirements for the new machine for producing credit card slots for wallets. Autec, a manufacturer of automation systems for shoes and leather goods factories in Pisa, Italy, developed the machine for a prestigious Italian brand. The ideal solution: the Festo Motion Terminal.

Quick reconfiguration required

Autec needed an easily reconfigurable component for the new machine. The function and flow rate of the valves had to be easy to change, and also had to be remotely controllable –­­ as with the app-controlled Motion Terminal.

The software and apps played a major role in the system implementation. They define the functions of the valves and make a crucial contribution to the flexibility of the machine. In addition, the app enables various tools and the operation of the machine to be controlled remotely. Ilario Barsacchi, Engineer and Project Manager at Autec, explains: “Reconfiguring the Festo Motion Terminal is now extremely fast. Instead of ordering, installing and reconfiguring additional proportional valves, all we have to do is activate an app.”

Ultra-fast folding of credit card slots

Autec's new machine controls the gluing of two pieces, one made of leather and one made of silk. A servo robot then transfers the glued pieces to a leather folding machine. “In this space-saving compact solution, 8 credit card slots are glued and folded in 14 seconds,” continues Barsacchi.

 

Many functions in one valve – thanks to the apps

The Motion Terminal enables a fast change in the tool function from suction gripper head to gripper head with pin terminal as the valves can be used both as proportional valves and as control valves. The system is then just like a reprogrammable piece of hardware and the software content is adapted to the relevant application. A management software program was developed for this machine and used on a PLC. The entire process was very simple and did not cause any difficulties.

 

Zero defects, optimum material utilisation

The error susceptibility of the manual production of these credit card slots is eliminated, and the available raw material is optimally used – thanks to a genuine Industry 4.0 solution with the Festo Motion Terminal.

Components used

Festo Motion Terminal VTEM

Motion App “Directional control valve functions”

Motion App “Proportional pressure regulation”

Festo Motion Terminal VTEM

Motion App “Directional control valve functions”

Motion App “Proportional pressure regulation”

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