The Foam Replica Machine IL 3030 is designed to rapidly and accurately glue foam assemblies for Lost Foam castings together. Because of its unique design, the machine allows maximum productivity by allowing the operator to unload assembled patterns and load loose segments while the machine is in the process of completing assemblies. This capability ensures that overall machine utilization is optimized.
1. The operator unloads an assembled replica from the lower nest of the left side of the machine and subsequently loads un-assembled replica sections in the same lower nests. The operator steps clear of the light curtains and then initiates the next assembly cycle.
2. The upper platen indexes into position and captures the top segment of the replica assembly. The upper platen then indexes to the glue tank and prints the top segment of the pattern assembly with hot melt adhesive. The upper platen then returns to the assembly position and glues the two pattern segments together. After holding the segments together for a preset amount of time, upper platen releases the assembled replica and moves to the center position. The operator can then reach in and retrieve the assembled pattern from the left hand unload/load station.
3. While the left side of the machine is operating, the operator can unload an assembled replica from the right side and load un-assembled segments in the right hand lower nests. The operator steps clear of the light curtain and initiates “cycle readiness” once the pattern segments are loaded.
4. Steps 1, 2, and 3 repeat as the operator sequentially removes assembled replicas and loads un-assembled segments into the assembly nests. The operator and machine continue to work in parallel for maximum pattern assembly throughputs.