Battery Manufacturer Automates Production with Conveyor Ovens
A battery manufacturer is purchasing two conveyor ovens for its automated production line. The ovens, built and supplied by Despatch, are needed to bond materials in the battery assembly inside a mold. The molds are inserted and removed from the conveyor oven with automated pick-and-place robots. Tight temperature control with very little variance is critical to the process to ensure proper bonding.
The conveyor belt was designed to accommodate up to 15 parts across the width and a load of up to 60 lb per linear foot. Attachment links were added to interface with the manufacturer’s fixtures. A Watlow EZ Zone controller with PID and custom sensors were added to allow communication with the automation system.
According to Despatch, the company has plans to order as many as 40 more of these ovens to meet growing demand.