MPS 400 Joining system station

MPS 400 Joining system station


Brief description
The MPS 400 Joining system station covers a number of topics, including checking the orientation of workpieces using sensors, automated assembly and monitoring downstream transport.

The MPS 400 Joining system station checks the orientation of the workpiece and, if it is positioned correctly, affixes a cover/top part to it. Workpieces placed on the conveyor are then transported to the depth measurement point. An analog diffuse sensor checks the position of the workpiece. In stand-alone mode without MES connection, workpieces with an orifice at the top are stopped in the assembly position by an electric stopper with a quarter turn actuator. There, the Pick&Place module mounts a cover or a top part. Afterwards, the workpiece is then transported further to the end of the belt.

Workpieces that are not positioned correctly are transported straight to the end of the belt without stopping, and the PLC can generate an error message. When connected to the MES of the complete system, the decision as to whether a top part is to be placed on the workpiece is made individually for each order.

Vacuum and parallel grippers
The Pick&Place module can be equipped with both the vacuum gripper and the parallel gripper. Different workpiece top parts are placed on the workpiece depending on the mounted gripper. The inputs and outputs of the Pick&Place module are connected to the PLC via a bus coupler.

Material flow
Light guides/through-beam sensors with opto sensors monitor the material flow on the conveyors. The Joining station can be supplemented with other stations from three different directions. The conveyors can be moved in both directions.


  • The extensive modularity makes it possible to use the MPS 400 system modules within the context of a wide range of project work.
  • An MPS 400 system module can be used individually as well as in combination with other MPS 400 system modules as a system network.
  • Comprehensive training documentation breaks down complex topics into small steps and learning units, allowing teaching to be designed in a structured yet flexible manner.
  • The learning process is supported by modern media such as QR codes and AR for provision of information as well as interaction with the learning system based on augmented reality.

Technical data

  • Operating pressure: 600 kPa (6 bar)
  • Power supply: 110/230 V / 50/60 Hz
  • Square/round workpiece dimensions: max. 40 mm
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): approx. 350 – 700 x 700 x approx. 1705 mm (variable height)

Training content

  • Learning about and commissioning a mechatronic system with different modules (here: Pick&Place module and Conveyor module) and RFID
  • Becoming familiar with optical and digital sensors as well as distance sensors and actuators
  • Acquisition and consolidation of PLC programming skills
  • Getting started in pneumatics, and vacuum technology in particular
  • Handling and converting a Pick&Place module from vacuum gripper to parallel gripper




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