SMC’s tabletop mechatronics training systems each perform a series of different material handling functions to teach students hands-on concepts and skills in pneumatics, PLC programming, sensors, vacuum technology, and more.
Using all industrial SMC components, commonly found in industrial settings worldwide, each MAP-200 series training systems teaches a unique material handling and assembly process. The complete assembly includes a body part, bearing, shaft, and cover.
Each MAP-200 Training System includes your Choice of PLC, or can be connected to the SMC PCT-200 PLC/HMI Training System for advanced control!
MAP-201: Body Supply Part Feeder + Detector/Ejector
A gravity feeder houses the parts in a column (1). Each part has a non-symmetrical interior housing and is ejected by a pneumatic cylinder (2). The correct orientation of the part is verified using a cylinder with a plunger (3). After verification, an oval section pneumatic cylinder (4) moves the work-piece to the final position. Otherwise, a single acting cylinder (5) removes the part via the evacuation ramp.
All of the components used to build the handling device are industrial. The handling device includes:
With a green start button, a red stop button and a black manual/automatic cycle switch.
– Air treatment unit:
The handling device includes an air treatment unit comprising a 5 µm filter with a pressure controller, 10 bar pressure gauge, manual 3/2 stop valve and drain valve.
The handling device comes with a set of hardcopy documentation, consisting of:
– Technical system description.
– Pneumatic drawings.
– Electrical drawings.
– Mechanical assembly drawings.
– Student Practice activities.
– Specifications for all of the industrial components.
Part Feeder Module
This module of the MAP-201 has a gravity feeder in which the anodized aluminum parts are stored on top of each other, so that when the part at the bottom of the pile is fed the rest fall down due to gravity. The part at the bottom of the pile is removed using a pneumatic cylinder that drives a pusher adapted to the size of the part. The components in this module have the following characteristics:
– Storage capacity: minimum 10 parts.
– Actuators: 1 double acting pneumatic pusher cylinder, Ø16 and 100mm stroke, with speed controllers and initial and final position switches and controlled by a single 5/2 solenoid valve.
– Sensors: 2 auto switches, Reed type.
Position Verification Module
A cylinder equipped with a cylinder part screwed into the end of the rod that is inserted in the 32 mm diameter opening on the top of the anodized aluminum part verifies that the part is in the right position. The components in this module have the following characteristics:
– Actuators: 1 double acting pneumatic cylinder, Ø12 and 50mm stroke, with speed controllers and final position switches and controlled by a single 5/2 solenoid valve.
– Sensors: 1 auto switch, Reed type.
Once the position of the anodized aluminum part has been verified, this module displaces the part to an unloading area. The part is displaced by a pneumatic cylinder that drives a pusher adapted to the size of the anodized aluminum part. The components in this module have the following characteristics:
– Actuators: 1 rectangular pneumatic pusher cylinder, Ø25 and 200mm stroke, with speed controllers and final position switches and controlled by a single 5/2 solenoid valve.
– Sensors: 1 auto switch, Reed type.
Incorrect Part Rejection Module
If the “position verification module” detects that the anodized aluminum part is not in the right position, this module ejects the part through a pusher cylinder onto a stainless steel ramp, in order to leave the path unobstructed for the other parts. The components in this module have the following characteristics:
– Actuators: 1 single acting ejecting cylinder, Ø10, 15mm stroke, with speed controller. Controlled by a single 3/2 solenoid valve.
Electrical Control Panel:
All of the pneumatic cables and tubing are properly identified and labelled at both ends.
The electrical and pneumatic control required for the handling device to operate in stand-alone mode is included on the base, with the following components:
– 14 electrical connection terminals.
– 110 – 240VAC/24 VDC 60W power supply.
– Wired and programmed control to PLC of Choice for automatic/manual operation.
The Troubleshooting Box includes a breakdown generation system which generates up to 16 non-destructive anomalies that are activated by switches. This system is located inside a locked box. Students will have to apply their studies and critical thinking skills to prove mastery of the technologies and concepts associated with automation and material handling through systematic steps of troubleshooting.