Rotary assembly machines, which are also commonly called indexing systems or rotary tables, utilize location tooling to create parts. There are many advantages found when using this system, which has made them a mainstay in automated assembly machinery for decades. The machines are inexpensive, simple to use, and above all else, reliable. Manufacturers commonly use rotary assembly machines because they produce many products with a small footprint. It is important to remember that all this is done with a small number of part fixtures.
Over the last few years, other automated assembly platforms have picked up in popularity because manufacturers think that slow operations limit the throughput of a dial. Manufacturers should want to give rotary indexing a second thought. Modern advancements in the technology of the machines have enabled machines to overcome the old limitations of dial machines. The modern rotary assembly machine is more flexible and reliable than ever.
The size of a rotary dial is dependent upon the products being assembled (the number and types of stations that are needed for assembly). For most automated assembly machinery applications, a dial ranges between 8 and 100 inches (diameter). A 30-inch dial accommodates up to sixteen stations (one stated per 22.5 degrees).
Rotary Assembly Machines
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