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The Automated Roof Punch, Rivet Set, and Roof Crimp Assembly System for Refrigerated Semi-Trailers Ships in April 2017 March 28, 2017 Evansville, IN: Preh IMA Automation (PIA) Evansville, Inc., a global leader in automation system design and integration, announced today that the leading manufacturer of semi-trailers and liquid transportation systems in North America will accept delivery of a large-scale production machine for their refrigerated semi-truck trailers. The machine, which will be delivered in April, automates roof panel assembly by automating piercing, riveting, and crimping operations for roof panels ranging from 24’ to 53’ long and 96” to 102” wide. Different lines of this manufacturer’s trailer roofs can be riveted, formed, and validated using this semi-automated production machine. The speed and flexibility of this technology was built to improve product quality, reduce cycle time, and control operational costs. “The efficiency and durability of this trailer line is a matter of pride…
Technology Business Development Veteran John Festa Joins PIA Evansville as Director of Healthcare Sales February 28, 2017 Evansville, IN: Preh IMA Automation (PIA) Evansville, Inc., a global leader in automated assembly and inspection system design and integration, today announced the expansion of their foothold in the healthcare market by hiring John J. Festa to the position of Director of Sales. Well-versed in the importance of speeding up a product’s time-to-market, increasing cost efficiencies, and producing safe and effective technologies, Mr. Festa will apply his breadth of experience to helping PIA Evansville develop new solutions and partnerships in the Healthcare industry. Festa brings over 25 years of management and entrepreneurship experience in high-tech companies to the table. His business development acumen has shone across the spectrum of different leadership positions he’s held, ranging from Chief Executive Officer of a technology start-up to Director of Business Development of a global manufacturing holding company.…
The Semi-Automated Line will Assemble, Populate & Test Automobile Fuse Boxes December 7, 2016 Evansville, IN: Preh IMA Automation (PIA) Evansville, Inc., a manufacturer and integrator of assembly automation systems, is pleased to announce that it is supplying a semi-automated assembly line to a manufacturer of automotive electronics. The assembly line, which will be delivered in Q1 2017, assembles, populates, and tests fuse boxes for automobiles. The assembly line was designed to help the fuse box manufacturer scale to a surge in demand without increasing labor costs or equipment footprint in their factory. Randy Wire, President of PIA Evansville, said this is a common theme in the automotive industry. “When our customer landed new business, they knew how important it was to find an automation partner that could help them grow in a hurry,” said Wire. “This factory assembly line is going to help them expand production capacity without increasing…
Dear Friends & Customers: As you probably know, on May 2, 2016 we were acquired by Preh IMA Automation (PIA), an international leader in automation based in Germany. For more details, you can read the official release here. We were purchased by PIA on the merit of our expertise and character – not just our location and technology. Evana Automation has been at the forefront of industrial automation for over 50 years and word got out: our commitment to building automated assembly machines and other robotics systems of the absolute highest quality and efficiency stands apart from the competition. It’s not just our capabilities that define our reputation, however; our emphasis on strong project management helps drive our 98% on-time delivery record. PIA recognized these traits in our team, and as a result, our day-to-day business operations are unchanged. We are thrilled to reiterate all 100+ employees were retained in…
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The solution will improve quality and process time for assembling and testing Driver Control Modules Evansville, Indiana – Evana Automation Specialists, a leading Systems Integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, recently received a contract to design and build a turnkey assembly system for a major manufacturer of commercial vehicle systems. Evana’s customized solution will improve quality and process time for assembling and testing Driver Control Modules (DCMs), as well as provide the flexibility to easily adapt for future DCM models. The assembly process will begin when an Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) tows a fixture/kit cart into a supermarket area that stores many of the components that make up a completed module. Large components are stored in dunnage at each assembly station. A Manufacturing Execution System (MES) will provide the build components list to area monitors to let an operator know what components need to be loaded…
The Evana assembly stations will allow the customer to manufacture new engine models on the existing main assembly line Evansville, Indiana – Evana Automation Specialists, a leading Systems Integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, recently received a contract to provide 12 assembly stations to a prominent small engine manufacturer. The Evana assembly stations will allow the customer to manufacture new engine models on the existing main assembly line. Each of the 12 automatic assembly stations will be designed and built to meet the customer’s required cycle rate of five seconds part-to-part. The assembly process begins when an engine block is loaded onto the assembly line. The block will travel through a mixture of automatic and semi-automatic assembly stations, which include a servo-controlled press station, a vision-controlled gasket dispense station, multi-spindle torque and angle-controlled torque stations, and several single-spindle torque stations. Throughout the process, a number of…
The Evana Validation Process (EVP)℠ helps healthcare product manufacturers avoid costly mistakes, bridge departmental silos, and expedite time-to-market Evansville, Indiana -- Evana Automation Specialists, a leading Systems Integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, recently launched a new validation program to assist healthcare product manufacturers with meeting FDA regulations during the process of implementing automated manufacturing equipment. The Evana Validation Process (EVP)℠ was designed to help healthcare product manufacturers avoid costly mistakes – such as overlooking critical requirements that could result in production downtime, bridge departmental silos, keep the entire product management team on the same page, as well as expedite time-to-market. EVP is exclusive to Evana Automation customers. The process begins with the initial engagement, continues through the design and build process, and concludes with the Site Acceptance Test (SAT). In addition, Evana provides support with IQ/OQ/PQ (Installation Qualification, Operational Qualification, and Performance Qualification) initiatives upon…
The assembly and packaging solution will include error-proofing and traceability functions to assure product quality Evansville, Indiana – Evana Automation Specialists, a leading Systems Integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, recently received a contract to provide a 3-piece IV connector assembly and packaging system for a leading medical device manufacturer. The assembly and packaging solution will include error-proofing and traceability functions to assure product quality. The assembly system will be a variable speed continuous motion process, capable of manufacturing the 3-piece IV connectors at a cycle rate of .43 seconds part-to-part. Components will enter the assembly system from four different high-speed feed systems and transition to one of four assembly dials, where they are precisely pressed together, lanced, lubricated, tested, and capped. Throughout the assembly process, a number of error-proofing and traceability functions are employed to assure the quality and integrity of the product. Assembled products…
Evana’s tooling solution saved the customer from purchasing a new assembly system and enabled them to run multiple headlamp models over existing assembly stations Evansville, Indiana – Evana Automation Specialists, a leading Systems Integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, recently shipped a customized 22-piece tooling solution for a headlamp assembly system to a leading Tier 1 automotive parts supplier. Evana’s innovative tooling solution saved the customer the cost of purchasing a new assembly system and enabled them to run multiple headlamp models over existing assembly stations. “The tooling solution provided tremendous flexibility and cost-savings for the automotive parts manufacturer,” said Randy Wire, general manager of Evana Automation Specialists. “Evana always works with the customer to find the most cost-efficient and effective solution to meet their specific requirements.” Evana, a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries (PSI), utilizes diverse technologies to specialize in motion control, robotics integration, welding…
The flexible solution permits rework of failed OCS sensor products, product design and production   Evansville, Indiana – Evana Automation Specialists, a leading Systems Integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, recently shipped an off-line fluxing and soldering cell to a leading automotive electronics manufacturer. The flexible new cell will permit rework of failed occupant classification system (OCS) sensor products, product design and production.  In this process, the operator manually loads the stations, transfers the product between stations, and unloads the finished product. The first station automatically applies solder flux to the FPC. Next, the unit is transferred to the solder station, where it is fused together. From there, the unit is placed into an inspection station. “The former process was done on-line in an automated system, where there was a high level of product fall out,” said Randy Wire, general manager of Evana Automation Specialists. “The new…
Evana solution will improve part reliability and cycle time, while increasing operator efficiency and ergonomics Evansville, Indiana – Evana Automation Specialists, a leading Systems Integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, recently shipped a dual press assembly cell for keyless entry remotes to a leading Tier 1 automotive supplier. The Evana solution will improve part reliability and cycle time, while increasing operator efficiency and ergonomics. The dual press assembly cell is a semi-automatic solution that presses a printed circuit board (PCB) onto a header pin at one station and presses the printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) onto a coil and switch pad at the other station. At press station number one, the operator manually loads the header pin into the part nest. Next, the operator places the PCBA into the part nest and activates the system via a finger switch. Upon activation, the vision camera verifies that…
Workstations will support an existing Evana assembly and test system that produces electronic actuators Evansville, Indiana – Evana Automation Specialists, a leading Systems Integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, recently received a contract to design and build three custom workstations for a leading automotive manufacturer of driveline systems. The workstations will support an existing Evana assembly and test system that produces electronic actuators for a transmission. The new workstations will provide automatic and semi-automatic operations. One of the operations involves pressing magnets into cartridge forks. Another operation involves installing gears and seals into the encoder. In addition, gears and shafts will be pressed into the housings. Individual components will be manually loaded. Vision inspection, along with servo press force and distance data, will be captured and archived as part of the customer’s SCADA quality control system. The workstations are scheduled for a December 2015 delivery. “The…
Evana integrates customer robot and bowl feeder to improve clip insertion process for automobile sills Evansville, Indiana – Evana Automation Specialists, a leading Systems Integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, recently provided a turnkey robotic cell solution to a leading manufacturer of automotive molded parts. The Evana solution involved integrating a customer-provided robot and bowl feeder to improve upon a clip insertion process for automobile sills that was being utilized at the manufacturer’s other location. The process begins when an existing load/unload robot simultaneously loads left- and right-side sills to the upper clip insertion tooling and clamps them into position. Next, the Evana integrated clip insertion robot loads nine clips to the left-side sill and nine clips to the right-side sill. Once all the clips have been loaded to the sills, the clip insertion robot moves to the clip feeder position and parks the empty clip…
The retool allows the manufacturer to produce cylinder head water jackets for several different engine models Evansville, Indiana – Evana Automation Specialists, a leading Systems Integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, recently performed a turnkey retool on an automated deburring station for a major automobile manufacturer. The retool allows the manufacturer to produce cylinder head water jackets for several different engine models.  The process begins when the station’s first robot unloads the sand casting to the tooling area within the cell. A second robot, with a deburring tool, follows the contour of the water jacket passages to remove excess material. Upon completion, the first robot unloads the tooling nest and places the sand casting onto a belt conveyor, where it is transferred to another assembly line. “Evana has been involved in many successful retooling projects over the years,” said Randy Wire, general manager of Evana Automation…
The innovative solution, which includes subassembly stations, provides balanced operator workload, efficient ergonomics, and full product traceability    Evansville, Indiana – Evana Automation Specialists, a leading Systems Integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, recently shipped two lean assembly cells to a leading automotive electronics manufacturer. The innovative solution, which includes subassembly stations, provides balanced operator workload, efficient ergonomics, and full product traceability.  During this process, an operator prints and applies a label to the product housing for traceability purposes. A printed circuit board (PCB) is then placed on the housing and scanned (for PCB serial number) so that it can be tied to the barcode label. Next, the PCB is secured to the housing with a DC screwdriver, where torque data is collected and tied to the barcode. The next step requires the backings of thermal pads to be removed, and then verified that they were removed.…
Evana cells will test hydrostatic transmission drive units as part of newly integrated assembly lines Evansville, Indiana – Evana Automation Specialists, a leading Systems Integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, recently shipped two custom test cells to a leading manufacturer of hydraulic drive products. The cells, which will be integrated into new assembly lines, will test hydrostatic transmission drive units. The operator will load a drive unit on a pallet and place it in the test cell. The cell will detect that it is the correct model and activate appropriate tests. Next, the cell will engage the drive unit and test it for functionality, as well as key performance parameters. Once complete, the unit will discharge to the operator for removal and packaging. “The intricate test cells will be integrated into new assembly lines,” said Randy Wire, general manager of Evana Automation Specialists. “The entire Evana…
The Evana solution, which was designed for multiple new headlamp models, is capable of being retrofitted to existing assembly stations, saving the customer the tremendous cost of purchasing new assembly stations  Evansville, Indiana – Evana Automation Specialists, a leading Systems Integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, recently delivered a custom, multi-purpose tooling solution to a leading Tier 1 automotive supplier. The tooling solution, which was designed for multiple new headlamp models, is capable of being retrofitted to existing assembly stations, saving the customer the tremendous cost of purchasing new assembly stations. The solution also included mechanical and control modifications to the existing assembly stations. “The Evana-designed tooling solution enables multiple front and rear headlamp models to run in the existing assembly stations,” said Randy Wire, general manager of Evana Automation Specialists. “The solution saved our customer significant money from having to purchase new assembly stations.”  Evana,…
Evana systems will efficiently fabricate low pressure fuel rail assemblies for two different parts  Evansville, Indiana – Evana Automation Specialists, a leading Systems Integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, recently shipped two custom assembly systems to a Tier 1 automotive supplier of fuel and braking fluid delivery components that will fabricate low pressure fuel rail assemblies for two different parts. Each system consists of seven different lean work stations. An operator will load and unload parts to and from a production nest. The parts consist of upper and lower housings, injector bosses, fuel tubes and brackets, etc. The work stations will automatically perform pressing operations, crimping and welding functions. Both systems incorporate visual inspection technology at designated stations to verify the presence and proper attachment of various components to help ensure quality control.   “Evana is always proud to serve the automotive industry,” said Randy Wire, general…
The Evana solution transports wire shaping fixtures to furnaces, cooling quench, and final assembly line Evansville, Indiana – Evana Automation Specialists, a leading Systems Integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, recently shipped a robotic material handling system to a prominent medical device manufacturer. The Evana solution will transport wire shaping fixtures to one of several heat treat furnaces, a cooling quench, and the final assembly line. The process involves wire tying operators loading the wire shaping fixtures into part nests, which hold multiple fixtures. A robot will pick up the nest and load it into one of several furnaces. The robot will then take the next heat treated part nest from the furnace and place it into a cooling quench. Part sensors are used to ensure that all fixtures are present before entering the furnace, as well as when the fixtures are removed from the furnace.…
The semi-automated lines will improve production throughput of automobile seat assemblies and capture critical traceability data Evansville, Indiana – Evana Automation Specialists, a leading Systems Integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, recently received a contract to supply two turnkey assembly and test systems to a leading global Tier 1 automotive supplier. The semi-automated lines will improve production throughput of automobile seat assemblies and capture critical traceability data. The process begins when an operator loads a seat assembly frame to an automatic, palletized conveyance system. As the pallets transfer down the line, components are added to the seat assemblies by production staff at manual and fully- automated workstations. Each line will be capable of producing and testing powered and non-powered seats for functionality. Traceability of all critical test data (seat functionality and power) will be captured in each line’s database, dependent on the model being produced. The…
Evana solution will improve efficiency, ergonomics and error-proofing of key fob assembly process. Evana Automation Specialists, a leading Systems Integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, recently received a contract to supply three automated assembly machines to a global Tier 1 automotive supplier. The Evana solution will improve efficiency, ergonomics and error-proofing of a key fob assembly process. Once trays of key fob covers and batteries are automatically loaded, in stacks, into the automated assembly machines, the machines automatically de-stack the trays. From there, a Denso six-axis robot loads the covers onto a dial, which indexes them through a high-speed Keyence Laser Marker. The robot then snaps the battery into the cover in a controlled manner, where the force is monitored. High-resolution Cognex Vision Systems verify correct part types, inspect laser marks and battery insertion, and guide the robot to accurately pick parts from the trays. The…
Evana solution will improve part reliability and cycle time, while increasing operator efficiency and ergonomics Evansville, Indiana – Evana Automation Specialists, a leading Systems Integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, recently shipped a hub assembly cell for keyless entry remotes to a leading Tier 1 automotive supplier. The Evana solution will improve part reliability and cycle time, while increasing operator efficiency and ergonomics. The hub assembly cell employs the use of two linear slides. Slide number one contains a verification station, press station, and laser etch station. The process begins when the operator loads a printed circuit board (PCB) and keyless remote housing into a part nest. The operator activates the system via a finger switch and the part nest automatically moves to the verification station where a vision camera verifies that the correct parts are in the nest before reporting the findings. If everything is…
Evana solution will transport wire shaping fixtures to heat treating furnaces, a cooling quench, then final assembly line  Evansville, Indiana – Evana Automation Specialists, a leading Systems Integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, recently received a contract to provide a robotic material handling system for a leading medical device manufacturer. The Evana solution will transport wire shaping fixtures to heat treating furnaces, a cooling quench, and then to the final assembly line. The process involves wire tying operators loading the wire shaping fixtures into part nests, which hold multiple fixtures. A robot will pick up the nest and load it into one of several furnaces. The robot will then take the next heat treated part nest from the furnace and place it into a cooling quench. Part sensors are used to ensure that all fixtures are present before entering the furnace, as well as when the…
Evana system will efficiently assemble and test ABS brake control modules  Evansville, Indiana – Evana Automation, a leading Systems Integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, recently shipped a custom assembly and test system to a leading Tier 1 automotive supplier that will assemble and test ABS brake control modules. The system will press circuit boards, apply conformal coating to components, visually verify coating application, UV cure coating, feed and laser weld lids, perform leak and functional tests, as well as print and apply labels to the brake modules. Modules will receive complete serialization and traceability throughout the entire assembly process. Press data and test values will be captured and tied to the part serial number. Stations will be designed with quick change tooling to simplify processing of additional or different products in the future. “This is the fourth brake system that Evana has supplied to this…
Evana recently received a contract to provide a robotic assembly cell for a leading medical device manufacturer. The Evana solution will help error-proof the process of assembling catheter parts, improve quality and ergonomics, as well as reduce labor.   A catheter adapter, connector and O-ring are automatically fed to Evana’s robotic assembly cell. The robot will pick the adapter, connector and O-ring and place them on a nest on top of a two-position dial. The dial indexes and a driver torques the adapter to the connector. The finished part is dropped into a bulk container. The system is designed to run many different configurations. The dial includes a changeout tool nest with tooling identification. Each feeder bowl contains a cover that is locked in position. The operator scans the parts to be loaded and the system verifies that it is the correct part to be processed. If so, the lid…
Evana systems will assemble and test next-generation lane departure warning systems   Evansville, Indiana – Evana Automation Specialists, a leading Systems Integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, recently shipped two multi-station lean manufacturing systems to a leading Tier 1 automotive supplier of electronic components that will assemble and test next-generation lane departure warning systems (LDWS).   The Evana solutions are comprised of several semi-automatic workstations that assemble circuit boards and lenses to holders, focus the lenses, place assembly into housings, label units, test and pack out completed products. The units have complete serialization and traceability throughout the entire assembly process. Driver data, test values, press forces, etc. are captured and assigned in a database to the part serial number. The cells are designed with quick change tooling to allow the addition of future products. These innovative solutions are the third and fourth systems supplied by Evana.…
Custom Automation Solution to Assemble & Test Different Automobile Power Transfer Units Evansville, Indiana – Evana Automation Specialists, a leading Systems Integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, recently shipped a lean, 24-station assembly and test system to a leading Tier 1 automotive supplier of driveline and drivetrain systems. The flexible, semi-automated solution will assemble and test two different automobile power transfer units with 100% traceability of key assembly and test data. Each station operates independently, but is synched to the master database via bar codes so that non-conforming assemblies are not allowed to pass. Assembly steps include bearing and seal presses, drive and fastener installation, snap ring installations, shim selection and verification, oil fill, leak test, run-in, as well as noise/vibration/harmonics testing. “This innovative system provides a flexible, low-cost solution for producing quality PTU products,” said Randy Wire, general manager of Evana Automation Specialists. “Two different…
Evansville, Indiana – Evana Automation Specialists, a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries (PSI) and leading Systems Integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, recently integrated eight Motoman robots into a new powder coating line for a leading commercial wheel manufacturer. Evana provided bases, guarding and end-of-arm tools for the customer-supplied robots, along with programming and control panels to communicate with the finishing line. Evana worked with the finishing equipment supplier, powder conveyor supplier, powder equipment supplier, flatbelt conveyor supplier, and the customer to successfully complete this project. The pick-and-place robots transfer wheels from one moving overhead monorail conveyor to another, as well as transport wheels from an overhead monorail conveyor to a fixture-indexing spindle conveyor during the preheat and coating processes. Other robots are used to unload wheels from the spindle conveyor to two flatbelt conveyors. “Evana was proud to partner with the customer during this important…
Custom Manufacturing System Simplifies the Production of Automobile Steering Assemblies Evansville, Indiana – Evana Automation Specialists, a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries (PSI) and leading Systems Integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, is building the fourth of seven custom assembly and test systems, based on a multi-year contract, for a Tier 1 automotive supplier. The custom solution, which simplifies the production of automobile steering assemblies, provides three main functions: The first function involves the assembly of a ball nut. During this process, the bearing is assembled to the ball nut, Loctite is dispensed to the threads, and the spanner nut is assembled and secured using a DC driver. The second function involves assembling the ball nut to a rack. This process includes gauging the rack and ball nut, selecting ball bearings and loading them into the assembly, where the two components are mated and checked for…
Systems Will Produce Cardiac Panel Sensors With Superior Efficiency & Cost-Effectiveness Evansville, Indiana - Evana Automation Specialists, a leading Systems Integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, recently received a contract from a prominent manufacturer of health monitoring products to provide two automated assembly systems that will produce cardiac panel sensors more quickly,efficiently and economically than their current assembly process. The cardiac panel sensors, along with the processing unit, is a diagnostic tool used in hospital triage units to quickly determine, by a blood draw, if the patient has had a heart attack or stroke. The processing unit and sensors are designed to provide results within minutes, enabling a direction of treatment to be implemented immediately. By providing results in minutes, instead of the lengthy traditional lab methods, long term damage to the patient can be avoided, and lives can be saved.  Each assembly system will manufacturethe…
Systems Will Simplify The Production of Automobile Steering Assemblies Evansville, Indiana - Evana Automation Specialists, a leading Systems Integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, is building the fifth and sixth of seven custom assembly and test systems, based on a multi-year contract, for a Tier 1 automotive supplier. The systems, which simplify the production of automobile steering assemblies, provide three main functions: The first function involves the assembly of a ball nut. During this process, the bearing is assembled to the ball nut, Loctite is dispensed to the threads, and the spanner nut is assembled and secured using a DC driver. The second function involves assembling the ball nut to a rack. This process includes gauging the rack and ball nut, selecting ball bearings and loading them into the assembly, where the two components are mated and checked for lash. The third function involves complete noise,…
Automated assembly solution will simplify the process of manufacturing steering gear sub-assemblies Evansville, Indiana – Evana Automation Specialists, a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries (PSI) and leading Systems Integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, recently received a contract from a Tier 1 automotive supplier to provide a multi-cell assembly system to simplify the process of manufacturing steering gear sub-assemblies. The system will consist of five lean assembly cells that automatically feed components to stations where the sector shafts are assembled to the side cover, piston end caps are torqued into place, valve housings are assembled to the worm rack, and the gear balls are installed. The system has complete component traceability, including data collection of torque values, ball selections and running torque. All items are tagged to the serial number of the part and saved in a database for future accessibility. The system is scheduled for…
Efficient assembly, testing of ABS brake control modules at core of new automation system Evansville, Indiana – Evana Automation Specialists, a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries (PSI) and leading Systems Integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, recently received a contract from a Tier 1 automotive supplier to provide a custom automated assembly system that will assemble and test ABS brake control modules. The system will press circuit boards, apply conformal coating to components, visually verify coating application, apply UV cure coating, feed and laser weld lids, perform leak and functional tests, as well as print and apply labels to the brake modules. Modules will receive complete serialization and traceability throughout the entire assembly process. Press data and test values will be captured and tied to the part serial number. Stations will be designed with quick change tooling to simplify processing of addition or different products in…
Evana’s automated solution will reduce manual labor and increase quality assurance for aluminum fencing assembly process Evansville, Indiana – Evana Automation Specialists, a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries (PSI) and leading Systems Integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, recently delivered a custom screw driving system to a prominent U.S. construction products manufacturer. The system automates the assembly of modular aluminum fencing, which drastically reduces manual labor and increases quality assurance. The system incorporates innovative, flexible tooling and a Motoman robot to simultaneously drive multiple screws to specified torque/depth. “Evana’s automated assembly systems can help manufacturers in virtually any industry,” said Randy Wire, General Manager of Evana Automation Specialists. “We always look for the most efficient and effective solution for every assembly process.” Evana utilizes diverse technologies to specialize in motion control, robotics integration and system architecture by linking production equipment, material handling systems, data collection, networking,…
Evana leverages robotics integration expertise to improve the process of loading and slicing copper sheets Evansville, Indiana – Evana Automation Specialists, a leading Systems Integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, recently received a contract from a major U.S. copper and gold producer to provide a turnkey robotic loading cell. The automated solution will improve the process of loading and slicing copper sheets by integrating robotic technology. The process will kick off after a pallet of copper sheets enters the cell. A robot will pick an individual sheet from the stack, weigh it to ensure correct weight, and then place it onto the automatic slicing equipment to be processed into smaller sheets. The robotic lift mechanism will be designed with spring-loaded vacuum cups to adjust to the raw copper. If the weight is not within specifications, the robot automatically places the sheet onto a reject pallet within…
Stand-alone synchronous assembly system capable of producing 180 sub-assemblies per hour Evansville, Indiana – Evana Automation Specialists, a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries (PSI) and leading Systems Integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, recently delivered a compliant pin press system to a Tier 1 automotive manufacturer of vehicle safety products. Compliant pin press technology, also known as a press-fit pin technology, allows for the assembly of a terminal or electrical lead via the plated-through hole (PTH) on a printed circuit board (PCB) in such a way that an electrical connection is created and maintained without the application of solder. Automotive manufacturers utilize press-fit pin technology in control modules, switch assemblies, fuse receptacles, junction boxes, hybrid inverters, motion, pressure sensors and connector assemblies, as well as other engine and passenger compartment applications. For this particular application, the press-fit pin technology is supporting a tire pressure sensor. The…
Evansville, Indiana – Evana Automation Specialists, a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries (PSI) and leading Systems Integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, recently shipped a multi-station lean manufacturing system that assembles and tests a lane departure warning system (LDWS) to a Tier 1 automotive supplier. A LDWS is a mechanism designed to warn a driver when the vehicle begins to move out of its lane (unless a turn signal is on in that direction) on freeways and arterial roads. These systems are designed to minimize accidents by addressing the main causes of collisions: driver error, distractions and drowsiness. In 2009, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began studying whether to mandate lane departure warning systems and frontal collision warning systems on automobiles. The Evana assembly and test solution is comprised of several semi-automatic workstations that assemble circuit boards and lenses to holders, focus the…
Systems supplied during multi-year contract to simplify the production of automobile steering assemblies Evansville, Indiana – Evana Automation Specialists, a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries (PSI) and leading Systems Integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, recently recently received a multi-year contract from a Tier 1 automotive supplier to provide six custom assembly and test systems that will simplify the production of automobile steering assemblies. The six custom systems will provide three main functions: The first function involves the assembly of a ball nut. During this process, the bearing is assembled to the ball nut, Loctite is dispensed to the threads, and the spanner nut is assembled and secured using a DC driver. The second function involves assembling the ball nut to a rack. This process includes gauging the rack and ball nut, selecting ball bearings and loading them into the assembly, where the two components are…
Evana’s approach integrates automatic and semi-automatic processes to assemble high volumes of automobile clutch assemblies Evansville, Indiana – Evana Automation Specialists, a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries (PSI) and leading Systems Integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, recently delivered a lean clutch assembly line to American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc. (AAM). AAM initially came to Evana with a concept and specification for an automated clutch assembly line that cost 50% more than they had originally budgeted. To get over this financial hurdle, Evana introduced AAM to a less costly Lean Manufacturing approach that would use the same number of operators as the automated line, but allow the flexibility to use fewer operators for smaller volumes. AAM went with Evana’s Lean Manufacturing approach, which integrated automatic and semi-automatic processes to assemble high volumes of automobile clutch assemblies with best-in-class quality control technology. “Evana Automation’s use of vision…
Automation solution reduces assembly and testing complexity and improves uptime Evansville, Indiana – Evana Automation Specialists, a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries (PSI) and leading Systems Integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, recently delivered a lean, 21-step assembly and test system to American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc. (AAM). Evana introduced a Lean Manufacturing process to AAM, which helped reduce complexity and improve uptime, as well as reduce the number of operators that were originally called for in AAM's automated concept. As a result, AAM selected Evana's Lean Manufacturing approach, which integrated automatic and semi-automatic processes to assemble and test electronic actuator assemblies for an automobile transmission. The Evana Automation team worked closely with AAM to make sure all objectives and requirements were met," said Randy Wire, General Manager of Evana Automation Specialists. "The end result is another highly effective Evana system that will provide a solid…
Evansville, Indiana – Evana Automation Specialists, a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries (PSI) and leading Systems Integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, recently shipped a custom printed circuit board (PCB) depaneling cell to a leading Tier 1 automotive supplier. The completely automatic cell loads PCB panels via standard magazines and depanel the circuits using servo router heads. The individual boards are then loaded into customer supplied trays, which are automatically stacked. “This respected Tier 1 automotive customer has called on Evana in the past,” said Randy Wire, General Manager of Evana Automation Specialists. “Our efficient solutions and knowledgeable staff are always key factors to winning their business.” Evana utilizes diverse technologies to specialize in motion control, robotics integration and system architecture by linking production equipment, material handling systems, data collection, networking, and computer software and hardware into flexible, unified technology. Test equipment can be integrated into…
Evansville, Indiana – Evana Automation Specialists, a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries (PSI) and leading Systems Integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, recently delivered two lean workstations that assemble, grease, mark and test input pinion assemblies for a Tier 1 automotive supplier of commercial steering components. The first station assembles an input pinion to a T-bar, which involves pressing a bushing into the pinion, installing an O-ring, greasing the O-ring and assembling the pinion into the T-bar. The second station uses a deflection test to verify that the bushing is present, pin stamp information to the assembly and debur a hole in the assembly. Both stations offer complete traceability of the parts, including verification that the correct tooling and components are being utilized throughout the process. “Evana was delighted to improve efficiency and implement quality control measurements for this repeat customer,” said Randy Wire, General Manager…
Evansville, Indiana – Evana Automation Specialists, a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries (PSI) and leading Systems Integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, recently received a contract from a Tier 1 automotive supplier to provide two custom, semi-automated assembly cells that will simplify the production of automobile seat rail link arms. The first automated assembly cell is a multi-station dial that will feed, press and caulk a bushing, as well as feed and press a pin into a link arm. The second automated assembly cell is a multi-station dual dial system that will feed, press and caulk a bushing, as well as pick and press a pin into the link arm and weld it. For the welding process, Evana is integrating a customer-supplied Panasonic robot. Both assembly cells, which are scheduled for an April delivery, include poke-yokes to verify part presence, press depths, press forces, weld presence…
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