Automatic Resin Distribution and Material Handling Cell

Project Scope:

Automatic Resin Distribution and Material Handling Cell

The customer turned to the experts at Steven Douglas Corp. (SDC) to design and build an automatic resin distributing and stacking cell for large sheets of fiberglass of varying sizes and thickness. The resin needed to be distributed evenly and within short cure times.

Material Handling

Resin Dispensing and Distribution System

Custom Machine Sequence Programming

Web Handling System

Custom Programming

Robotic Programming and Integration

The Solution:

This large cell automatically creates large sheets of fiberglass through a process of feeding individual sheets of fiberglass, coating them with a layer of resin, and then stacking them on top of each other to move into a large press. The fiberglass is layered on a scale with constant weight monitoring to ensure the proper amount of resin is dispensed and distributed. The machine can layer as many parts as the operator initiates for the sequence and can pull from nine different fiberglass rolls. A large material handling robot offloads the fiberglass from this machine and loads it into the press.

The resin distribution rate weight and number of pours varies depending on sheet thickness. The machine was made to be capable of preparing a sheet up to 2” thick.

The final product maximum weight is approximately 730 lbs. and as many as 25 layers of resin.