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UniCell – compact automation genius

Have you ever thought about implementing compact automation solutions in your company?

Such as automation cells (also machining cells or test cells) in order to streamline, stabilize and thus sustainably optimize your production and/or testing processes?

Not only in Germany the by now chronical shortage of skilled workers is proving to be more and more challenging. On top of this, we are now facing the global issue of extended waiting, lead, and delivery times, quantity restrictions as well as cost explosions in the delivery of raw materials and intermediate/semi-finished products. All this ultimately causes critical bottlenecks time and again, and entails unnecessary expenditure.

The systems of "lean production" and "just-in-time production" are currently being reviewed in expert circles (including company boards, planning staffs etc.).

Instead, methods such as " reshoring" (i.e. re-integration of component manufacturing processes previously outsourced in the course of offshoring) and precautionary warehousing are being focused on and initiated.

A perceptible and persisting trend: small and medium-sized mechanical engineering companies and processors of plastics and metals are prioritizing their investments in new technologies. Especially in the digitalization and automation of their production.

This is the only way to implement aspects of occupational safety (such as creating safer work areas by increasing physical distances between workplaces, and consequently protecting employees more efficiently against the transmission of infections).

Furthermore, this ensures significantly increased production growth, continued production stability, and considerably shorter changeover times for the manufacture of new products.

In short, sustainable productivity optimization as well as contemporary resource management.

With the esmo automation UniCell we are now presenting an innovative, intelligent, automated cell module system – a compact and all-in-one solution –, meeting even the most challenging demands in terms of maximum efficiency and flexibility.

With the adaptation to specific machining tasks and test procedures, while maintaining an excellent price/performance factor at the same time, you are getting an ideal combination of standardization and customization, optionally as a stand-alone or system integration solution:

standardization + modular configuration = UniCell automation cell

With its smart and comprehensive modular building block system – e.g. robotic, image processing/camera, packaging, transport/handling, feeding, and inspection systems etc. – and numerous, exchangeable process modules, our automation cell offers you a wide range of multi-functional and flexible utilization, application, and customization variations and options.

UniCell – compact automation genius

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Our latest automation cell configuration examples for joining and pressing applications:

With the two examples UniCell Automatic Joining System and UniCell Automatic Pressing System we are illustrating both the design and realization of customized, stand-alone, and system-integrated automation cells, offering high repeatability, individually adjustable force as well as optimum precision.

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Our latest automation cell configuration example for inspection applications:

With the UniCell Automatic Inspection System we are illustrating both the design and realization of a customized, stand-alone automation cell, offering high repeatability and optimum precision.

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automation cell - joining system

UniCell – compact automation genius

  • cross-industry, compact automation solution
  • highly precise and efficient → maximum productivity (24/7 operation) for cost optimization and fast amortization
  • standardized machine/design platform → short lead time, fast availability
  • modular design → virtually infinitely expandable and scalable
  • extensive selection of accessories and add-on modules (e.g. feeding systems, singulation systems, packaging systems etc.) of leading manufacturers
  • state-of-the-art software and electronics
  • standard interfaces (OPC UA) → Industry 4.0 prerequisite
  • clearly structured, standardized and, if required, individually configurable user interface → designed for intuitive operation
  • user-friendly HMI touch display for convenient system control – optionally:
    • large touch display, e.g. for displaying error/defects images in optical inspections
  • facilitated operation, configuration, and parametrization
  • control cabinet integrable into system substructure plus storage option for robotics/vision controller (IPC)
  • robust and sturdy, welded machine frame made of steel (high rigidity) → optimum damping/shock absorption of dynamic robot motions, even at highest traversing speeds and force/load impacts
  • compact design, yet offering excellent accessibility for regular set-up/maintenance measures
  • easy automation cell transport (e.g. forklift truck) → meeting all requirements of contemporary production plants in terms of flexibility and mobility → flexible manufacturing, cost-efficient production

Select from a wide range of modular configuration options, and design your specialized automation cell – production and/or test "all in one".

key features
  • modular design → expandable and scalable (800 mm grid)
  • stand-alone or system integration solutions → customized or standardized solution
  • enclosed stand-alone cell (machine) (e.g. with overpressure systems) → suitable even for "rough" ambient conditions
  • for small to medium-sized components/devices (including special components, test components, workpieces, material samples etc.)
  • prototype, micro-scale, small-scale, medium-scale, large-scale manufacturing
  • short delivery and assembly times
  • customized solution options → individually designable/expandable
  • for medium to high cycle rates – short cycle times possible
  • multi-functionality and flexibility → exchangeable process modules, exchangeable side walls/windows
  • plug-and-play → customer-specific interface preparation optional
  • robust and sturdy (high rigidity)
  • optimized accessibility facilitating maintenance and cleaning operations
  • integrated, consistently comprehensive safety concept (EMO, safety switches, light barriers etc.)
areas of application
  • production (e.g. integrable production module or stand-alone machine)
  • handling
  • pick + place
  • assembly
  • component processing (e.g. as a machining or processing center)
  • component cleaning (e.g. as a cleaning system)
  • quality control/quality assurance
  • laser marking/component identification + detection (DMC)/tracking
  • feeding/placing (e.g. as an automatic feeding/placement machine for PCB placement, THT placement, SMD placement)
  • joining (e.g. as an automatic joining machine), pressing (e.g. as an automatic pressing machine), soldering (e.g. as a soldering/desoldering station employing special soldering robots), welding (e.g. as a welding robot cell), cutting, sawing, milling (e.g. as a milling robot cell, CNC processing machine), turning, screwing (e.g. as an automatic screwing machine), spinning, riveting, glueing
  • sorting
  • orientation/positioning
  • measuring, weighing
  • testing/inspecting (as a testing module or testing machine, e.g. for visual inspection, non-destructive material testing, penetration testing/leakage testing, fatigue testing, eddy current inspection)
  • dosing/dispensing, application
  • loading, unloading
modular building block system

image processing/camera systems

("deep learning")

  • non-contact testing
  • (3D) surface testing/surface inspection
  • presence detection/completeness checks
  • geometrical testing
  • testing/verification of DataMatrix codes, QR codes etc.
  • measuring
  • tracking

loading/feeding systems

(e.g. step vibratory bowl feeder/spiral conveyor)

  • bulk material feeding (also in connection with image processing systems) (e.g. Omron AnyFeeder, ABB FlexFeeder™, ROBA ENG. EYEFEEDER® etc.)
  • stacking/destacking (tray magazine)
  • preparation of manual loading/feeding process (e.g. tray loading/feeding)
  • tape + reel

packaging systems

  • bulk material packaging (e.g. in bags, pouches, boxes etc.)
  • blister/tray loading
  • customized packaging systems

robotic systems

  • SCARA robots
  • 5-/6-axis robots
  • delta/spider robots
  • collaborative robots/cobots

transport/handling systems

  • axis systems (e.g. portal and conveyor systems, pick + place etc.)
  • rotary indexing tables
  • intelligent linear transport systems
  • work piece carrier, printed circuit board, and blister transport systems
  • component handling systems

inspection/test systems

  • camera-based inspection/test modules
  • mechanical and electrical test modules
  • thermal test modules

exchangeable process modules

  • feeding systems
  • assembly systems
  • handling systems
  • machining/processing systems
  • inspection/test modules (camera-based inspection/test modules, mechanical and electrical test modules, thermal test modules)
  • glueing/dosage systems

other processing systems

  • marking systems (e.g. laser, ink, offset etc.)
  • cleaning systems
  • assembly process systems (e.g. screwing, clipping, glueing etc.)
  • workpiece measuring systems
  • joining systems
  • pressing systems
  • additional system options on request


What is an automation cell?

An automation cell offers an ideal combination of standardization and individualization as well as multifunctional application options. With the comprehensive modular building block system, a wide range of automation solutions can be realized.

What particular advantage does an automation cell have for my company?

The modularly designed automation cell performs individual or interlinked work steps, thus enabling you to achieve maximum efficiency, highest quality, and best profitability at the lowest possible risk of personal injury and equipment damage.

What tasks or processes can an automation cell perform?

Typical work steps that can be automated are, for example, transport, handling, assembly, inspection, and packaging of smallest to medium-sized parts/components.

In which size range can an automation cell be planned?

Due to its modular structure, an automation cell can be designed both as a stand-alone (individual or interlinked work steps) and as a system integration solution, i.e. it may be integrated in any upstream or downstream processes.

Which technologies can be integrated in an automation cell?

Depending on the work steps to be automated, technologies such as control and drive engineering, robotics, industrial image processing, and laser marking will be employed.

What is the budget and time frame for an automation cell project?

The modular structure of the automation cell allows for an economically efficient arrangement of both costs and project duration.


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