Machining & Fabrication

Manufacturers in the machining & fabrication industry have come to expect the best performing robotic solutions available globally.

Mexx Engineering is one of the few robotics and automation companies in Australia. We are known for designing and manufacturing complete lines that are built to handle a range of functions from upstream processing, sorting and packing through to the end of line palletisation. 

Mexx Engineering can streamline the machining & fabrication industry using innovative and versatile systems such as:

Our top-of-the-line robotic systems can accelerate and streamline all these processes through:

The implementation of robotic automation within the machining & fabrication industry offers incredible potential for improved safety, quality and productivity by enhancing process monitoring and control.

Industrial robotics in the machining and fabrication industry is known to be a critical technology. With rewards of increasing productivity and reducing the rate of accidents in the workplace, industrial robots can keep metal manufactures in the best position and competitive way.

Health and safety risks are inherent in manual operations. The extenuating environmental elements that can cause hearing loss, personal injuries, and even material being flung into the operator’s eye; a robotic solution lowers this threat. With a robot’s ability to manage weld elements up to five times faster than humans by working continuously, a robotic welding system can provide significant increases in output. A robotic welder can continue to achieve the same weld cycle consistently, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Robot painting produces top quality results. Industrial painting robots can apply substances without leaving behind drips, inconsistencies and overspray. Paint and coatings are applied precisely and consistently.

Industrial painting robots can provide extraordinary part convenience. Robotic arms are slender and widespread, thus enabling them to be installed in several locations such as a shelf, wall, roof or rail. It also allows for even greater flexibility and reaches.

The ability to lift and maneuver heavy loads, perform repetitive and hazardous operations and their ability to work in ever-changing environments makes automotive systems and robotics indispensable within the metals industry. 

Mexx Engineering can assist manufacturers in producing quality work with faster turnaround periods.

Conveyor System

The Conveyor System controls product delivery from point A to point B with the use of various conveyor chain materials. Its guide rail system is fully adjustable to ensure continuous movement of the product around a curve.

KEY FEATURES OF THE CONVEYOR SYSTEM:

  • Aluminium or Stainless conveyor system
  • Includes automatic self-centring guide rail adjusters
  • Integrated transfers from upstream conveyors
  • Integrated transfers to downstream conveyors
  • High-speed with virtually no back-pressure and product gaps
  • Accumulation system
  • Full system control
  • System safety interlocked and guarded as per Australian and New Zealand Standards

Conveyor System - Stainless Steel (Slideshow) 

Various Conveyor Types (Slideshow)

Robotic Weld Cell 

The Robotic Weld Cell, also known as MexxWeld, is movable by forklift via its integrated folk tines. Once in place and connected, it is ready for operation. This is within minutes of delivery. 

The Robotic Weld Cell has fully enclosed work areas which ensures safety. The internal weld curtains ensure operators are protected from weld arc on the 2nd bay. The doors are opened automatically ensuring maximum production output. The robot is always welding at a high production rate.

The Robotic Weld Cell have several variants of fixed and rotary tables with various configurations of:

  • RK-RD-K - Rotary Table (1200mm x 1800mm to 1400mm x 4000mm)
  • FX – Large Fixed Table (2100mm x 900mm) and
  • RD – Rotary Table (1800mm x 700mm)

KEY FEATURES OF A ROBOTIC WELD CELL:

  • Rotary axis coordinated with a welding robot
  • The system contains dedicated in feed table or cut pipe from 1m-3m
  • Notification light tower and alarm to notify the operator of the cell status and material outages.
  • Operator interface through Robot Teach Pendant.
  • System safety interlocked and guarded as per Australian and New Zealand Standards
  • The system contains fixed part loading locations for each of the parts to be welded
  • Dedicated trolley with automatic locating points for finished products

Robotic Weld Cell (Video)

 

Robotic Weld Cell (RD-RD-K 2600) Slideshow

Robotic Weld Cell (RD-RD-K 1520) Slideshow

Robotic Weld Cell (FX-RD) Slideshow

Robotic Welding (Concept Image)

Robotic Painting Booth

The Robotic Paint Booth is a complete painting facility. The robotic system can monitor and control the paint consistency and spray area. A fully automated product handling system manages the product through all painting, handling, and baking process.

A Robotic Painting System is capable of increasing finishing quality, whilst delivering higher production speeds and productivity. It is easy to install and program, and the robots deliver the same high-quality finish time after time without issues such as operators becoming tired or repetitive motion injuries. 

KEY FEATURES OF A ROBOTIC PAINT BOOTH SYSTEM

  • ABB Robot
  • Integrated bake oven
  • Custom spray booth with dry medium air filtration
  • Temperature controlled paint booth to maintain consistent paint environment all year round
  • The integrated automatic indexing system
  • Notification light tower and alarm to notify the operator of the cell status and material outages.
  • Operator interface through HMI
  • System safety interlocked and guarded as per Australian and New Zealand Standards

Robotic Paint Booth (Video)

Robotic Paint Booth (Slideshow)

Vision System

The Vision System checks the orientation and quality of a product. It inspects the product for damage and determines how to handle it. A dedicated feeding system that automatically spaces the product can be added as an option.

KEY FEATURES OF THE VISION SYSTEM:

  • 5” touch screen for operation and production information
  • 20” Display and roller trackball for camera system control and setup
  • Light tower for status indication
  • PLC Controlled - Independent floor mounted frame for stability
  • Central control via HMI
  • System safety interlocked and guarded as per Australian and New Zealand Standards

Vision System (Aluminium)

Vision System (Stainless Steel)

The machining and fabrication industry is currently dependent on experienced workers who face the prospect of long hours and challenging tasks such as welding, cutting, blasting and painting. Unfortunately, the dwindling labour force is unable to cope with the increasing demand. Robots are now filling the labour gaps while sparing humans the most dangerous and thankless repetitive tasks.

Due to the considerable volume of heavy machinery involved with working in the industry, accidents and fatalities are more likely. Of course, businesses have rigorous safety procedures in place, but no matter, there is always going to be hazards and risks. By using robotics, it can protect humans from possibly dangerous situations while improving the quality of throughput.

Mexx Engineering can design and build a machine that can perform:

  • material handling
  • spray painting
  • welding

BENEFITS OF ROBOTIC PAINTING AND WELDING SYSTEMS

The benefits of integrating robotic painting booth and robotic welding cells within an automated manufacturing process include:

  • Increased painting or welding output
  • Repeatable finished product
  • Less work-related injuries
  • Increased reliability, quality and consistency in painted or welded products
  • A greater competitive edge through quality guarantee