Cutting Ring Assembly Machine SPR-PRC-POC

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The STAUFF Press Assembly Machine SPR-PRC-POC allows the pressure/position-controlled pre-assembly and final assembly of cutting rings from the Extra-Light Series (LL), the Light Series (L) and the Heavy Series (S) according to ISO 8434-1 / DIN 2353 on tube ends with outer diameters between 4 mm and 42 mm.

The machine is designed as a robust table-top device for continuous operation in the workshop. It is used in connection with hardened and wear-resistant assembly studs FI-FMK and support plates FI-GP which are specially designed for the machine-assisted assembly.

The combined pressure/position-control of the device allows wear on the assembly tools to be detected in time before it can have a negative influence on the assembly result. Maximum service life of the tools is achieved through careful handling of the components and practical operation of the assembly machine. Other factors are proper storage (protected against contamination and corrosion), regular cleaning and lubrication (with suitable lubricants) and  thorough preparation of the tube ends before assembly (cutting, deburring and cleaning).

Short times for tool changes, setup and assembly make it possible to carry out series assembly of cutting rings as well as assembly of small and medium quantities with a high level of economic efficiency, reproducibility and process reliability. Among other things, this is achieved with the RFID transponders – which are integrated into the support plates for automatic tool size identification as a standard – and with the tool contact switch: this allows assembly processes to be automatically started and completed by simply pushing the tube end into the assembly stud without having to press any buttons. The assembly area is secured against interference by a light grid to comply with current accident prevention regulations.

The convenient operating panel on the cutting ring assembly machine allows the user to choose between pre-assembly and final assembly at any time:

When utilising the machine-assisted 50% pre-assembly, the fitter then has to manually finish the assembly by tightening the union nut  by 180° (corresponds to 1/2 turns) beyond the fix point. With machine-assisted final assembly, the cutting ring has already cut 100% into the tube and the fitter only has to tighten the union nut by 30° (corresponds to 1/12 turns) from the fix point. Please pay attention to the corresponding assembly instructions in both cases.

Final assembly (100%) minimises the risk for errors (insufficient or excessive manual tightening) and the resulting leak potentials which can often lead to time consuming and expensive machine downtimes and environmental impact. Due to the time benefits during final tightening, final assembly by machine also generates clear saving potentials compared to manual direct assembly as well as to machine-assisted
pre-assembly.

In case of incorrect or incomplete assembly where pressure and position parameters significantly deviate from the values stored in the machine, it automatically stops the assembly process and displays a corresponding warning message on the operating panel.