Axiom’s Largest Engineering Project
With our customer Hemsec, Axiom have designed a bespoke automated handling system for the jigs used in the manufacturing of Structural Insulated Panels, or SIPs.
What are SIPs?
SIPs are pre-manufactured highly insulated panels used in buildings to keep heat in or out as required. Skins can be virtually any material depending on the required finish. The centre ‘filling’ is a structural polyurethane (PU) foam. Many thicknesses and finished are available for virtually any project.
What was required of Axiom?
The panels are manufactured in jigs, where the skins are inserted and the PU insulation injected and foamed to produce the required product thickness. The Axiom equipment comprises powered heavy duty roller conveyors feeding the jigs through the various processes to enable completed SIPs to be produced with minimal operator involvement, finished panels being unloaded at the end of the process. Each jig can weigh up to 700kg when containing a finished panel.
At two areas of the process, the jigs require to be moved across three-lanes of conveyors and stacked up to three high. Axiom looked at the project requirements and quickly realised that a bespoke solution was required. The main Ɪ beams have been calculated to have a deflection <1mm under full load. The vertical lift movement to be operated by motor driven ball-screws on each side of the carriage, encoded for precise control. Pneumatically operated grippers, not shown in the image above, will hold the jigs during the lifting.
Why Axiom GB Ltd?
Axiom are a family business based in Tamworth, Staffordshire, UK. The company has 25-years of experience as a leading supplier of material handling automation solutions across a range of industries, but specialising in the supply of systems for logistics, warehousing and fulfilment applications. The combination of conveyors, sorting systems, control and data handling provides turnkey projects for many well-known companies.
By reviewing each project on its own merits, Axiom strives to provide the optimum solution to exceed the base requirements of the automation.