Panel industry: good news from Germany TRIO mixhead performs in demanding When experience
automotive cavity fill application
Not less than eight panels are distributed onto four press platens Cannon's Trio 7 high-pressure mixhead has exceeded According to Paolo Spinelli, President of Cannon USA, "The Demanding cavity filling operations in Chrisler's automotive assembly lines
depend on these Cannon USA machines and heads.meets innovation inside the press. All press tables are temperature controlled and 750,000 shots in continuous operation at Chrysler LLC's Cannon Trio 7 mixhead has exceeded initial expectations for mechanical
can be used differently. During the polymerisation time the other Windsor, Canada assembly plant. The Trio 7 is one in a wear and life properties". Cannon USA and Chrysler's Windsor
four press tables are waiting outside to be unloaded, cleaned and family of Cannon mixheads designed with three internal assembly plant are continuing to monitor and refine Trio 7
prepared for the next cycle.
By a special "lock-in-system" it is possible to fix existing foaming chemical passages enabling optimized mixing of high mixhead operation with even more aggressive expectations of
cassettes onto the press tables and use them as well. A multitude ratio, high viscosity polyurethane chemistries. Cannon's exceeding 1 million shots before rebuild.
Complex plants for the production of insulation of cassettes are stored inside a cassette stocking system and will Trio 7 is deployed directly within Chrysler's automotive
sandwich panels have a long tradition at Cannon. be provided upon request. On demand they can also be assembly line operations where dependable operation is a
Experience counts! But this does not exclude Very difficult mixing tasks? preheated. In total there are nearly 60 cassettes in process or in strict requirement. Cannon Trio
innovations. Far from it! Fully developed basics are stand-by. 3-components mixheads
providing sufficient space for innovative solutions. Pouring will be done into the closed mould. Using motorised Not only has the Trio 7 mixhead design proven robust in take care of them!
In collaboration with one of the most famous mixing head manipulators the work load for the operators is continuous high-volume manufacturing operation, but has also
European manufacturer of doors, frames and gates, minimized. The show stopper is a 180° swivel arm, which allows
the Hörmann KG, Cannon developed a highly- demonstrated superior mixing quality of the high-ratio acoustic the feeding of single moulds for small cabinets.
efficient, automatically working and compact press The Cannon plant works in semi automatic operation and is Polyurethane foam used in automotive cavity filling.
line for the foaming and gluing of door panels in controlled via PLC. Correspondent interfaces - touch screen This formulation is based on a pre-polymer which features a
various dimensions and designs. Cannon and their panels - allow an optimum overview of the single process steps mixing ratio well-off the conventional one: a precise 24:1
partner Manni faced up to this challenge. to the operators and access to the production parameters if to be proportion between the two components must be guaranteed!
(www.cannon-deutschland.com) changed. To increase the processing difficulty we must add that the
Press plants for the semi automatic foaming of panels, formulation reacts and hardens almost immediately, and
configured out of Cannon and Manni modules by concurrent The job: door panels, pre-assembled in various thicknesses that these chemicals are extremely viscous and sticky, two
integration of specific foaming cassettes of the customer, offer a and various dimensions in length and width, have to be very disturbing factors when considering the demanding work
high flexibility. Due to the close collaboration the customer can manufactured automatically. Two different technologies -
use the Cannon developments targeted and effective to increase conditions of an automotive assembly line! gluing and foaming - should be applied alternatively
his productivity. Cannon has completely convinced Koma of the The Cannon Trio 7 mixhead has met Chrysler's criteria for although these processes require different parameters.
new press plant design. successful cavity filling and factory uptime.Closing force, temperature, opening daylight and last but
not least the cycle time had to be adapted to the particular
A multi-layer automatic press guarantees high productivity to this foaming plant Cannon with their location Cannon Deutschland GmbH at
for insulated domestic doors.Hanau and the family-owned enterprise Manni at Mantova,
Italy - specialised in the manufacturing of presses - catch Cannon USA automates memory
on the long-time in-house experience in the production of
dosing units and presses and combined these with
innovative ideas. And in collaboration with the From module
technological experiences of the customer this combination
could be ideally realised. foam pillow operation
A fully automatically working press line, equipped with ten to plant
automatically moveable daylights, is designed for a short
cycle time for each door panel, depending on the technology. Complex plants for the production of sandwich panels The US market for memory foam bedding products is According to Steve Setzer (Vice President Operations,
Panel thicknesses up to 80 mm are possible in the process. built in modular concept are in the long lasting top 10 of robust however increasingly competitive. Recently Sleep Innovations) “Cannon USA met all performance
A mix of all dimensions can be realised. Each press daylight applications at Cannon. Whether high-pressure machines Cannon USA engaged with Sleep Innovations to requirements for our new moulding operation and more importantly
can run independently in forces, temperatures and panel of series Cannon A-Compact or A-System will be used - design and install an automated production line for ensured a timely installation of equipment critical to meeting our
thickness. The various dimensions in length and width are single or in combination with Manni panel presses - is moulded memory foam pillows. For program success window for market entry”.
also automatically set up. depending on the requirements of the customer. it was critical to develop a manufacturing solution that
The modular design is approved since many years. met desired volumes at the right cost and could be Presently Cannon USA continues to provide the necessary
The control of the Cannon plant is carried out delivered rapidly. after-market support to Sleep Innovations to ensure
automatically and can be operated via two interfaces. Comprising the specific customer requests Cannon and Manni uninterrupted operation. For both parties the project is
The transfer of the relevant production data is realised via a have designed a semiautomatic working dosing unit in Cannon USA met the challenge by delivering a turn-key
connection to the host computer of the customer. combination with two panel presses type Manni 2+2, 6,500 mm viewed as highly successful.solution comprised of mould carriers conveyed by
The operators have direct access via the installed touch x 1,600 mm, in modular concept for the company Koma located
screen panels and can influence directly changes of in the Netherlands. The manufacturer of cooling cells with its turntables and carousels, robotic pouring, and high pressure With Cannon the Customer Sleeps Well!
parameters and special products. All process data of the wide range of products produces panels consisting of foam core metering systems. Some key elements of the equipment
dosing unit and the press are analysed and stored. and metal cover sheets in different lengths, widths and are: (www.cannonusa.com) Cannon USA specialised in the supply of mould-carrying carousels and turntables for memory foams, today widely demanded for their visco-elastic
thicknesses on the new Cannon plant. • Mould carrier interchangeability between turn-tables and properties.
The pre-assembled door panels are centred automatically A high pressure dosing unit Cannon A-Compact 100 FC carousels
and moved into the daylights of the press. Simultaneously equipped with two mixing heads is feeding the two presses with • Both hot water and IR mould heating capabilities
to this the automatic unloading of the foamed part takes the relevant PU mix. Either Manni presses are using the well • Simplified connection and distribution of utilities
place at the back side of the plant. The constant height of approved shuttle principle performing its reliability and • Programmable line speeds
900 mm above the floor for loading and unloading of the multiplicity. In total eight press platens are providing the • Robotic application of mould release and PU pouring
door panels is a further highlight of the daylight press necessary capacity. • Automatic identification of mould carrier and type -
design. Only the press itself is moving vertically. Modular panels for cooling cells are made in Holland by Koma with these two Manni 2+2 polymerisation presses, fed by Cannon A-Compact 100 FC high-pressure foaming machines. programmable pouring parameters
In a position upside the automatically working mixing head
manipulator makes sure the exact and monitored feeding of
the programmed quantity of foam into the cavity. Size and
position of the feeding hole are controlled visually.
A frequency controlled high pressure dosing unit of the
A-Compact FC series is responsible for the correct mixing
ratio and a repeatable mixing quality.
The used mixing head type Cannon FPL 14 HP with its
special geometry ensures not only a high mixing quality but
also a low-maintenance, self cleaning process. To overcome
integrated parts inside the door panel has been a particular
challenge to the length of the mixing head nozzle.
This efficient working press line for the fully automatic
foaming of pre-assembled door panels with highest
flexibility to the process optimisation offers much space to
the Hörmann KG to reach their targets.
Experience coupled with innovation releases
synergies, which appeared to Cannon's customers.
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