Neocon International manufactures plastic parts, primarily for the automotive industry, using the thermoforming process. In order to manufacture a wide range of parts for many auto makers, as well as custom pieces for some non-automotive customers, the thermoforming machines must undergo a tool change process. Currently, this process is very labour intensive and time consuming.
Team 1 has been asked to improve the tool change process, including new designs in the following areas:
- Verifying the alignment of the thermoforming tool
- Securing the thermoforming tool to the machine platen
- Adjusting the pneumatic clamp frames to the required size for the tool
- Quickly securing the pneumatic clamp frames in position
The new tool change procedure should reduce the time required for a tool change substantially, and eliminate the use of any and all hand tools.