Automation sees photonic system maker increase production

Posted on 8 May 2018 by Jonny Williamson

German manufacturer of photonic system solutions, IMM Photonics has deployed its second robot-based machine for the affixing of glue beads and is to increase annual production to 300,000 pieces.

The machines were developed specifically to meet the production requirements – image courtesy of IMM Photonics.

Following a planning, realisation and testing phase spanning around 18 months, the first robot‐based machine entered its productive phase at the plant in Lower Bavaria at the end of 2017, and only three months later, a second robot‐based machine was commissioned.

The machines, which were developed specifically to meet the production requirements of IMM Photonics, serve the automatic assembly and affixing of lenses in mechanisms. The modular design of the machines allows for simple refitting to adapt to various lenses and mechanisms.

Friedrich Raith, managing director of IMM Photonics, said: “Thanks to the automation, we are able to increase annual production to 300,000 pieces with our single‐shift operations. Primarily, however, we are able to relieve our employees’ workload and create improved working conditions.

According to the company, a large part of the planning works and construction of the machines was performed by companies based in the neighbouring regions of the production location.

The company stated: “With our extensive competencies in the areas of laser, fibre optics, sensor technology, precision engineering and electronics, we have been developing new and innovative components and modules for numerous customers from a broad range of technology areas since 1992.”