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Orchid Automation Open House
Gives Visitors an Eyeful

Orchid Automation Open House
Gives Visitors an Eyeful

Thursday, December 12, 2002
 
On December 3-4, Orchid Automation hosted an open house of its 57,000-sq.-ft. plant in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. The timing couldn’t have been better, as visitors viewed several large projects in various stages of production, some ready for shipment and others a few weeks from shipment. Among the projects on the shop floor: an in-press three-axis servo part-transfer system (a fourth axis lifts the transfer system out of the for quick die change) for a large double-ram press with combined bolster size of 400 by 132 in.; an end-of-line rack-handling system and a blank destacker/loader for a tandem press line; a press-to-press part-transfer system (60-in. feed stroke) for a four-press tandem line, capable of handling blanks to 41-in. square with a cycle rate up to 11 parts/min.; a five-level AS/RS, with PLC-based master control, for dies as large as 204 by 116 in. and weighing up to 100,000 lb., that boasts a die-change time of 15 min. and stores up to 43 dies; and an end-of-line exit conveyor for large automotive presses with telescoping capability and an integrated inspection light system.

 

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