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Tooling Tech Group Announces FLEXBASE Modular Work Cell: Quickly Automate Processes for Assembling Medical Devices

Tooling Tech Group Announces FLEXBASE Modular Work Cell: Quickly Automate Processes for Assembling Medical Devices

Tooling Tech Group (TTG) has announced the availability of its FLEXBASE standardized modular automation cell designed to easily integrate with robotics, vision, lasers and other technologies, replacing repetitive manual operations and enabling manufacturers to quickly start running production of medical equipment. Flexible, scalable and Clean Room ISO 8 compliant, the FLEXBASE systems can be configured as a standalone, automated workstation with manual loading and unloading, or linked together via conveyors to quickly create a complete automated assembly line.

“Given the current situation, it’s crucial for manufacturers to meet stringent delivery demands, yet control their costs’, said Matt Phillips, TTG Automation President. “Whether their operations involve joining, marking, inspection, product assembly or other processes, our FLEXBASE solution provides an economical solution to enhance production operations, getting medical devices to market faster while improving repeatability and reliability.”

FLEXBASE features a welded steel frame base in standard sizes of either 48” x 40” or 72” x 40” and a 37” high aluminum top plate ready to be fitted with custom tooling or fixturing. Each standard system comes with an upper and lower conveyor with stop and blocked sensors and pallets with nests that conform to almost any product. Additionally, all standard systems can be quickly modified per specific application needs.

Featuring Allen Bradley Compact GuardLogix® controls and 24 VDC power supply, FLEXBASE is a compact automation solution that is fully wired with all safety feature in place. The electrical enclosure has space for adding a variety of components such as motion controllers and drives, robot controllers, PCs or other larger devices. Options are also available for adding pallet stops and sensors, lift and locate, barcode scanners and even elevators for recirculating pallets.

With over 125 installations, FLEXBASE has proven its effectiveness at a variety of OEM and Tier supplier companies. Features and benefits include the following:

  • Substantially reduces time to market
  • Wide variety of robot adaptations and tooling
  • Easily retooled for product changes
  • Increases throughput
  • Standard design offers ease of training
  • Builds process reliability and repeatability
  • Clean-room ISO compliant

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About Tooling Tech Group

Founded by Tony Seger in 1982 and headquartered in Macomb, Mich., the Tooling Tech Group has grown to become the largest tooling company in the United States serving the automotive industry with tooling used to produce a wide variety of vehicle components, including soft-trim, powertrain components, structural stampings, valve bodies, dashboard and under-the-hood components, thermo-acoustic panels, roof components, liquid reservoirs, trunk components, wheel liners and more.  

Non-automotive uses for the company’s tooling products include manufacturing of appliances, lawn & garden products, consumer goods, off-road equipment, marine products, agricultural equipment, heavy-trucks, industrial blow-molds, kayaks, small engines, and aerospace structures.