Mecelec Design has designed and built a machine that automatically feeds and inserts six sealing balls of two different sizes into a double overhead camshaft carrier on an automotive engine.
Balls are fed automatically from two bulk hoppers to escapement mechanisms that feed them individually to the six insert positions.
During the insert operations the pressing force and insert distance are accurately monitored. A pressure decay leak test is then carried out at each insert position to ensure an oil-tight joint.
A unique pass stamp is applied to the part following successful assembly and testing.
A purpose-designed hydraulic power pack that supplies the insert cylinders is housed in the base frame of the machine and is designed to be easily removed for maintenance purposes.