So at St. Clair, we build wire harnesses for cars, RVs, trucks, etc. and some of our harnesses have fuse boxes on them.Our operators add the fuses/flashers/breakers etc into the fuse boxes, and until recently, we only had a visual check system. That means that another operator would look over it and see if everything was present and in the right place.
Well as you can imagine, we had lots of errors, because visual check systems just don't work out. If the quality checker has a few too many drinks before work, or gets bored, or whatever, you start getting errors, which come back and bite us in a big way.
We needed a cheap check system for our fuse systems, so the old wheels started turning...
I set up basically a big, light controlled cavity on a build desk that the operators can stick the fuse assemblies into when they've been assembled.
There's a webcam mounted at the bottom of the hole that takes pictures of the fuse boxes
I used my dremel to rout out some acrylic masks to put over the fusebox so that the operators would be more inclined to put all the pieces in the right spot, then i painted them flat black.
I'm thinking about switching to the lucrative profession of hand-modeling
PS. I love my dremel
Fuses in place
I mounted a high-resolution webcam at the bottom of the cavity that will take a photo of the fuse assembly. This photo will be compared to an original photo of a fuse assembly that is correcly assembled. So this means computer time.
I wrote a program in VB.net that will pull up the most current image from the camera, based on the harness number, and it will compare it to what it should look like. And then spit out an image of where the errors are in pink.
FALLA MEANS FAIL... BECAUSE THERES PINK
You can also zoom... WOW it's like You're in the future.
then it will either FAIL the harness with a screen saying where the error is, or it will PASS the harness and print out a beautiful little adhesive sticker like the one below, which tells the part number, date, image number, and stuff.
The ticket makes it so that when our customer calls and complains because the fuses are screwed up, we can look at the photo saved on our PC and tell if it's true or not