The semi-automated system involved the intricate process of gluing steel into a small diameter plastic part using UV glue into a subassembly− requiring a tight tolerance of +/- .005”. The pallet-based production system held four-up nests that were designed to allow the individual parts to be
easily loaded by an operator, while keeping parts confined to hold the tight tolerance addressed above.
These nests were approximately 12” wide, so the goal was to get the pallets closer to the operators to optimize ergonomics and work space around the
dial. Additionally, the pallets were designed with holding clamps, pins, cylinders, etc., that interact with both operators as parts are loaded and indexed to the next station.