To automate part tracking, JR added barcode numbers to fixtures that hold the parts throughout production so that each part has a unique identifier for data tracking and part handling.
Barcodes with unique identifiers enable customized software to keep track of each part’s production history. The operator, transfer robot, and all production stations have barcode scanners that scan part barcodes to track part progress.
Each part type has unique production requirements. This individualized part processing is accomplished through customized end-of-arm tooling and barcode data. The part type data in the barcode enables the part handling robot to transfer each part as required. This machine can accommodate up to 84 different part types.
JR customized software to collect data and process the data into reports. Reports may be printed for different periods of time, but the software retains all part data since the machine’s first power-up. Currently, the system can track millions of parts.