An automation specialist is developing a fully automatic testing system for camshafts for a customer in the automotive industry. Since technical cleanliness must be ensured for the measurement and checking process, the system requires an enclosed housing.
The robot cell is part of a complete system in an existing hall with limited space. With that in mind, a lightweight design that can be delivered in pre-assembled modules and installed on site is required.
A modular protective housing made from 40 series aluminium has proven itself to be the best solution to this challenge. With a drawing supplied by the customer as a basis, an enclosed robot cell was designed as a cleanroom with dimensions of roughly 10 x 7 x 3.5 meters. Due to the large span width, the roof was designed with truss beams. The heavy installed parts, such as the measuring station with the positioning device and camera system, weigh up to 750 kg. Since these parts pull on the wall due to their centre of gravity, truss struts were also incorporated into the wall at the appropriate points for reinforcement.
The housing also has various access points with solenoid latches and vertical safety hatches on the inlet and outlet lanes. 1.5 mm steel is used for the panelling. To match the customer’s colour concept, this steel panelling is powder coated in accordance with RAL specifications. The viewing elements are covered with 8 mm locking link safety glass.
The enclosure was delivered in pre-assembled modules and installed on site.