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    Discussion in 'The main mechanical design forum' started by kunalv, Nov 26, 2015.

    1. kunalv

      kunalv New Member

      Nov 2015
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      Hello all!

      This is my first post here. I work for a machine design & manufacturing firm. We also do machine repairs & refurbishing work.

      We currently have taken up a project where-in an we have to solve a critical problem in an automatic part washing machine. The machine is a multi-stage concept, wherein the parts are loaded in a basket & are transferred from one stage to another by a pusher mechanism.

      These baskets travel and are located in fixtures, but the orientation is in a cantilever state due to which the far end of the basket bends due to the weight. The deflection is almost 20-25mm due to which the basket, when it begins to slide ahead, hits the sliding track and gets stuck.

      Please view attached sketches for knowing the general arrangement of the system.

      View from side : http://imgur.com/EwuIPtZ

      View from top : http://imgur.com/N3KFMQt

      My requirement is to somehow compensate or guide the fixture so as to avoid the deflection due to the cantilever design.

      Hit me up for any more queries! Any help would be appreciated!
    3. K.I.S.S.

      K.I.S.S. Well-Known Member

      May 2014
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      I think the lack of response is partly due to the very generic question and some hard to understand non specific 'drawings'.
      There are a million and one ways to solve this problem, and because there are, no-one knows where to start in offering advice - different material for the cantilever, suspension of it, a complete re-design etc.
      Ask something more specific and you may get a useful response.

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