Automated Key Insertion Cell

An automated solution for inserting a key into crankshafts for automotive engine manufacture

For this project the customer wanted to automate the process of inserting keys into the crankshaft assembly. The system needed to be totally automated allowing the operator to simply supply parts and allow the cell to do the rest of the process. Further requirements included full parts traceability, measurement of force and depth and reject part control. The solution provided uses a vision guided robot to recognise, pick, orientate and then place the key into the key insertion tool. The key insertion tool then actuates whilst measuring force and distance. All metrics are logged into the system but simply, with the force and distance measurements the control system can define whether the part passes or fails and can then be moved into its respective out feed.

Project Metrics


Takt Time


Parts Per 8hr Shift


Operators Required

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