Automotive Switch Plate Riveting System
Automotive Switch Plate Riveting System

The Challenge

A manufacturer of pressure sensors needed an efficient means of attaching 12 sensors and 2 connector plates together. The safety standards employed at their facility require the riveting operation to be removed from operator contact during the riveting stations cycle. The production rate requirement of two complete assemblies per minute required a design that employed automatic processing.

The Solution

Creative Automation designed and fabricated a 4 station system that includes 2 riveting stations to handle the 2 sizes of rivets. An operator loads the basic assemblies onto fixtures in the station located on the left. The fixture is then automatically transferred into the enclosed area and then presented to the first riveting station. The systems automatic riveting table moves the fixture into position for each rivet placement. A pneumatic mandrel under the riveting head completes the flaring operation as the rivet is inserted. After all the rivets at the station have been installed, the fixture is shuttled to the second station to receive the remainder of the rivets which are processed in a similar manor. Now completed, the fixture is automatically out of the enclosed area and presented to an operator for removal of the 4 assemblies. The fixtures are continuously cycled through the system.