Transfer Systems

Wheel/Tire Flipper

Wheel/Tire Flipper

Wheel/Tire Flipper Wheels with mounted tires fed to this final assembly line are stored in two large silos near the line. One silo holds left side wheel/tire assemblies; the other holds right side wheels/tire assemblies, plus spares. Wheels and mounted tires are stored in a predetermined order and are fed to the final assembly area on two roller conveyors in the correct sequence.

This is a relatively simple handling task -- but there is one twist involved. Every third rear wheel/tire assembly that comes down the line is a spare of which there are five different types, including two space-saver vehicles. The spares must be flipped over to permit mounting from below the vehicle. In addition, the vehicles presented another difficulty in conveying the inverted spare with the small diameter wheel hub protruding beyond the tire.

Peak installed a vision system ahead of their main system, in order to determine which of a variety of wheel/tire assemblies move through the unit between two wide rubber belts which are mounted in a pneumatically actuated rotary cage. As every third assembly (the spare) arrives, several rods come in to hold the spare in place as it is turned over 180°.

Peak also plays another role in the wheel/tire handling system. One of the company's work-saving Ergo-Arms is used to pick up each spare wheel and tire at the assembly line and place it into position on the underside of the vehicle. This pneumatically powered lifting and handling device features a balancing system that produces zero gravity thereby enabling the operator to raise and lower the arm and its load with the touch of a finger and essentially no effort. Numerous Peak Ergo Systems are currently used in a wide range of handling applications.

Peak Industries has been a supplier of custom automation, assembly tooling, special assembly machines and systems for the automotive and other manufacturing industries since 1966.