Utilizing cable winding and industrial robots to facilitate the manufacturing of electric machines
2013 (English)In: Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, ISSN 0736-5845, Vol. 29, no 1, 246-256 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Cable wound electric machines are used mainly for high voltage and direct-drive applications. They can be found in areas such as wind power, hydropower, wave power and high-voltage motors. Compared to conventional winding techniques, cable winding includes fewer manufacturing steps and is therefore likely to be better suited for automated production. Automation of the cable winding production step is a crucial task in order to lower the manufacturing costs of these machines. This article presents a production method using industrial robots for automation of cable winding of electric machine stators. The concept presented is validated through computer simulations and full-scale winding experiments, including a constructed robot-held cable feeder tool prototype. A cable wound linear stator section of an Uppsala University Wave Energy Converter and its winding process is used as a reference in this article. From this example, it is shown that considerable production cycle time and manufacturing cost savings can be anticipated compared to manual winding. The suggested automation method is very flexible. It can be used for the production of cable wound stators with different shapes and sizes, for different cable dimensions and with different winding patterns.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 29, no 1, 246-256 p.
Stator winding, Automated production, Industrial robot, Electric machine assembly, Powerformer, Wave energy converter
Engineering and Technology
Research subject Engineering Science with specialization in Science of Electricity
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-187001DOI: 10.1016/j.rcim.2012.06.005ISI: 000310116400021OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-187001DiVA: diva2:573757