Fully-automating wheelbarrow production

22 April 2016

Ingenium Integration, an engineering design consultancy, has developed a multifunction automated production cell for H & E Knowles, a UK-based wheelbarrow manufacturer. The cell is designed to speed the production of wheelbarrow full and part frames by eliminating many of the labour-intensive aspects of production. 

Commenting on the project, Dave Ashworth, managing director at Ingenium Integration, said: “We have developed automated production cells for a number of production processes involving tube bending. The system under construction is the most integrated system we have designed to date – fully automating most of the stages of wheelbarrow frame production, including tube bending, hole punching, swaging and cut-to-length – and is designed for unattended 24/7 operation.”

The production cell comprises a tube bundle loader, tube orientation station with seam detection, intermediate dual-arm loader, bending machine and several articulated robotic handlers, as well as swaging, hole punching and cut to length stations and provides a fully automated wheelbarrow frame manufacturing solution – from raw tube material handling through to final pre-paint finishing and quality inspection.

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