Electronic assembling is strongly automated. In 1980 the use of SMD technology for electronic assembly began on a mass scale. This technology is currently used in more than 90% of the cases. It requires a precise passing of SMD components so that it can assemble with high speed and precision. The technology is hardly applicable for non-standard component such as contact components. In the production of flame detectors by the firm of “UniPOS” non-standard contact components are used. These components have to be positioned and soldered precisely because after that there will be no opportunity for automated assembling of the final products. At first these components were put by hand and they were soldered by SMD technology. This led to a lot of labor expense, a low quality and a lot of rework, which made the products more expensive. By a vibration and a specially created strip for leading and positioning the contact elements conditions for automated SMD assembly were created. This enabled a large decrease in the prime cost of the products and an increase in the productivity of the whole production.
Robot assembling is flexible and it enables a stable and high-quality assembly. It enables a constant improvement and an easy multiplication. This report represents an idea for adding functionalities in a robot complex for assembling flame detectors in the firm “UniPOS” and it analyses the benefits of this. The main aims for a development of the existing robot complex for assembling are: decreasing the production prime cost; reducing the manual labor that is connected to loading components; increasing the use of the robot complex; reducing the cycle time and increasing the productivity of the robot complex; increasing the quality of the manufactured products. The additional functionalities are accomplished in parallel with the main ones in assembling and they are at the expense of running all robots in the complex and their use only for assembling (not for loading the components).
While designing a Cardan coupling it is necessary to assess the assembly-ability of its components as well as to ensure that they do not interfere with each other during normal operation. In practice, this is done by use of prebuilt sample models, where everything is checked by experimenting. The authors share herewith their idea for developing a new approach to designing Cardan couplings, where all operations are performed in an automated way as early as the design stage.