SMED rapid change-out interface

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Standard SMED rapid tool change-out interface integrated in to an aircraft part machining cell. The integration of a false platform designed by Lormac creates a unique and standardised interface for all manufacturing machines, minimising machine down-time.

Requirement / Speed up manufacturing rotation.

During machining operations, manufacturing changeovers are an indirect cause of down-time. There are three advantages to using a specialised rapid SMED change-out interface for part pick-up and assembly :
  • speeding up change-outs,
  • improving repeatability when repositioning tools,
  • meeting needs in terms of multiple interface / tool “pairs”.

Solution / A single rapid change-out interface.

Development and integration of a false platform creating a standard rapid change-out interface common to all machines. The supplied tool was standardised through the use of zero point mandrels. Positive CAD locking components, these elements are released using hydraulic mechanisms. Lormac designed and installed a comprehensive rapid tool change-out solution for the customer’s application including the supply of a hydraulic release unit, positioning control and a blower.

Characteristics /

  • Ø 1600 mm capacity
  • 9 false platforms or identical interfaces,
  • 8 dedicated tools.

Further information.

The rapid tool change-out interface designed by Lormac conforms to the SMED production system (Single Minute Exchange Die), the purpose of which is to make the machine more flexible. Adaptation of the standard platform reduces the production run change-out time for all machines in the machining cell: lathe, milling machine, cleaning and finishing machine etc. Optimisation of the rotation of production runs resulting from Lormac’s expertise through the creation of assembly / part pick-up solutions is synonymous with productivity gains for the end customer.

Zero point SMED interface integrated into an ergonomic positioner

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Design and manufacture of several standard quick change-out models with auto-centring zero point clamping system. Custom part handling solution, integrated with the positioner for the safe change-out of all dedicated assembly tools. The turnkey solution (handler + quick change-out interface) provides productivity gains and improves ergonomics of working conditions for assembly line operators.

Requirement / Handling of large parts.

The aircraft assembly line requires large parts to be handled for riveting. In order to reduce the production series change-out time, the SMED rapid change-out solution must accelerate manufacturing rotation and minimise machinery down-time. In order to provide maximum production flexibility, the handling system can perform several specific part pick-ups. Lastly, sensors are included to manage information storage.

Solution / Standard change-out interface unit.

  • A standard zero point quick change-out interface and counter-plate in various part pick-up formats,
  • Rapid and safe change-out of dedicated tools,
  • Clamped / unclamped position management sensors,
  • A unique solution combining specialised part pick-up and an ergonomic handling unit.

Further information.

The quick change-out interface has two advantages : increased productivity and safety. The prevention of musculoskeletal disorders arising from handling heavy and large loads is one of the major ergonomic challenges for production lines. The positioner and interface reduce the effort required by the operator and make sure that the parts to be assembled are precisely positioned. The integration of a custom part pick-up solution in to a standard assembly positioner illustrates the synergies between us and Enomax, a company specialising in welding assembly support equipment.