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Case Study for High-Precision Mechanical Switches

Location

Lanco Integrated North America (Headquarters)

Industry

Handel/Industrie

Technologien

Manuell, halb- und vollautomatisch

A Component manufacturer that produces high precision mechanical key switches for the Consumer Products and Electronics industry.

Commercial Industrial - Consumer Products

High-Precision Mechanical Switches

High-Precision Mechanical Switches

Lanco Integrated developed a fully automated assembly line to produce switch assemblies.
The assembly line built on a cam platform operates 2-up for assembly and testing with a gross output of 90 parts/minute.
The main processes are:

  • Delicate high-speed parts feeding
  • Metal and plastic part assembly
  • Micro Greasing in precise quantities
  • Inserting a long and soft spring into a short housing
  • Quality testing

Challenge

The client tasked Lanco Integrated to increase production rates while maintaining or exceeding high quality control standard requirements.

Lanco Integrated Solution

For the assembly platform, Lanco chose a 16 station cam operated rotary dial (OKUMAT) with high-quality components to meet the customers goals. The basic unit is designed as a solid cast base in which the main drive motor and the central drive for the cams are installed.

All the work movements of the automatic assembly machine are synchronous and controlled by the central drive. The main work movements of the stations and the indexing movement of the rotary table are mechanically controlled by hardened cams. Auxiliary movements, e.g. opening and closing of grippers, are pneumatically actuated and are also centrally controlled. The automatic assembly machine is designed for continuous operation.

Outcome

A consistent and robust machine concept

  • Technical availability 98%
  • 100% tested parts
  • Blister packaging
  • 5400 good parts per hour
Mechanical Switches

“Our Management views Lanco as a valued partner, because of concepts, thinking outside the box, and their communication. I can’t thank Lanco enough for the lightbulbs they have allowed to go off in our team… It is amazing to watch the experience with Lanco generate ideas within my group. It has served as almost a mentor with the automation project.”

J. S. PE Manager - Electronics/ Automotive Component Manufacturer
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