VR Valve Islands reduce Transforming Tooling system complexity for automotive stamping.
Individual valves contribute to system complexity.
A major automotive manufacturer invested in Norgren Automation Solutions (NAS) Transforming Tooling to upgrade their stamping line. By replacing many fixed tools with a unique robotic end-of-arm tooling solution, Transforming Tooling streamlined the de-stacking process in their automotive stamping lines.
The initial Transforming Tooling design employed individual valves to control various pneumatic functions. Depending on the configuration, this meant a complete system required up to 64 valves. This introduced several complications to operations, including:
Time-consuming installation and maintenance
Increased number of leak points
Increased system weight
Norgren engineers recognized the need to streamline the design.
VR Valve Islands simplify installation and maintenance.
Norgren proposed a revised system that utilized VR Valve Islands rather than individual valves. The lightweight valve design, along with other consolidated components, contributed to an overall 9 kg / 20 pound weight reduction.
The VR Valve Islands consolidated and simplified the pneumatic and electric connections, resulting in a cleaner, more organized package with reduced installation and maintenance times. Fewer cables and connections also reduced leakage, enhancing the overall appearance of each system.
Investing in Norgren Automation Solution’s Transforming Tooling with VR Valve Islands gave this customer a major advantage in the aggressive automotive market.