This is Part 1 of our four-part monthly Symphoni™ blog series. To learn more about Symphoni and how this platform can give you the advantage you need, please register for our Autoinjector Case Study or contact me to receive the link via email.
If You Can Bring a Slight Innovation to Continuous Motion Machines That We Have Been Buying for 35+ Years, that Would Be Great!
Our Symphoni™ story first began in 2012 after this simple request was brought to our team of talented engineers. They were excited to take on a new challenge. The result was a digital assembly platform that brought together the best of all worlds in assembly technology.
Is it mechanical or electrical? Is it good for high volumes, or only high mix?
If you’re a medical device manufacturer, you probably make things like auto injectors, syringes, and inhalers, and you assemble these on continuous motion, indexing motion, and pick-and-place robots. Here’s the thing: Symphoni combines the features and benefits of all these technologies, and with a much smaller footprint. In other words, Symphoni is both digital and mechanical—and it can be good for both high volumes and high mix.
Over the next few months, we’re going to “deconstruct” Symphoni into its core building blocks to make the whole system easier to digest and understand. We don’t just want to show you the incredible results that Symphoni can deliver. We want you to discover how these results are achieved, and why this technology is at the vanguard of assembly manufacturing today.
First, we are going to talk about the engine in the middle of Symphoni that transport parts from station to station: SuperTrak CONVEYANCE™, a powerful, flexible, and efficient technology that has been around for over 25 years with over 10,000 units installed worldwide. One of the first SuperTrak systems ever delivered remains in use today. The redeployability, modularity, and deep efficiency of SuperTrak fits perfectly within the Symphoni ecosystem.
The second core component is our patented Rapid Speed Matching, or RSM Technology®, which drives Symphoni’s RSM Disc and the RSM Arm. The lightweight RSM Arm is the workhorse of the system, using two axes and servo-controlled motion to efficiently move, manipulate, load, and assemble parts. The RSM Disc, meanwhile, functions like continuous motion dials, but it is 90% smaller and free of the inherent mechanical constraints. It transfers parts from an infeed system and synchronizes their motion with the Symphoni assembly cell.
Last but certainly not least, we’re going to talk about the E-Cam. This, more than any other feature, is what makes Symphoni so unique. The E-Cam is a digital camming system that replaces and improves upon conventional mechanical cams. Its variable machine rate allows Symphoni to go fast where it can, and slow where it must. When concentrating on core processes that require gentle parts handling, the E-Cam is the epitome of precision and performance. But when it switches to non-value-added processes, where the product is not handled, it allows for incredible speeds. By reducing such wasted motion, overall equipment effectiveness is increased—all while reducing floorspace, in part because the camming is digital, not mechanical. That’s how our core methodology of efficiency is built right into the E-Cam, and into Symphoni as a whole.
There are many other components and features of Symphoni, but these three core building blocks best illustrate its core methodology of efficiency while delivering speed, precision, and flexibility.
We’ll send you a case study presented by one of the inventors of Symphoni that showcases how a medical device manufacturer was able to reduce touch tooling by over 90% and floor space by over 80%, by removing five stations for two different products.
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