ASTES4SORT (A4SORT) is a worldwide patented “Intelligent FMS” (Flexible Manufacturing System) specifically designed for sorting. A4SORT manages the loading of sheet metal up to 20mm thickness and 8000 mm length and the sorting of single cut parts generated by 2D cutting machines. A4SORT is able to sort, move and stack cut parts of any shape, placing and kitting them for further use.
Fields of application
A4SORT easily integrates with the manufacturing process of different application fields. A4SORT is especially suited to complement laser-cutting systems where specific requests due to the increasing number of installations, flexibility in parts shapes and material thickness are required.
A4SORT consists of four cartesian grippers mounted on a mechanical double gantry structure. One pair of grippers is mounted on each gantry. A4SORT is fitted with machine software capable of controlling and making most effective use of the 4 grippers, the tool magazine and all system functions.This mechanical solution, comparable to a sort of cartesian robot with four self-configuring gripping units, enables the system to adapt to the available space and the application requirements; the selection of tool (or tools) for the item’s pick-up point and place point in the storage area is fully automated, with the option to modify them according to specific manufacturing requirements, using simple management SW HMI’s.
The gripping tools are simple and provide the operational flexibility required to unload and easily stack the widest range of items, solving the greatest limitation of common automation systems. Depending on the size of the items and the speed of the work flow, the system chooses how many of the 4 grippers to use.