A robotic wiring centre developed by Kiesling Maschinentechnik is now production-ready. The company has been developing the Averex wiring centre for five years and claim that it is the first of its kind. Before the centre is used, however, two field tests will be conducted in the second half of 2014.
Designed for wiring enclosure mounting plates, the centre first cuts the wires to the correct length. Using wire ferrules the centre then strips and crimps the wires, feeds them through the cable duct and attaches them to components such as terminal blocks, contactors and motor circuit breakers.
Manually this wiring process takes around 180 seconds to complete, but with the Averex it takes around 40 seconds. Using lasers the centre identifies parts and checks their dimensions against the assembly tolerances, highlighting it's reliability. Compared to manual wiring (based on 300 wires), the centre reduces the number of working hours by approximately 15 per enclosure.
The control software, with routing module, features a graphics-based operator interface and can be integrated with electronic wiring lists and CAD layout tools. The centre features a patented machine head which can be rotated by 270º. The head provides cable routing, cutting, stripping and crimping units and the reinforcing plate provides torque-controlled screwing and pre-punched holes.