The SDChassis is a world-class, high-speed assembly platform with extremely flexible tooling options and table arrangements. It creates synchronized motion for all common automation processes.Heavy, rugged, pre-engineered base provides smooth, high-speed, electro-synchronous, CAM derived motions (machine speed can be adjusted, and all stations stay synchronized). Pre-engineered pick-and-place motion modules provide a smooth, high-speed pick-and-place method with motion generated by the reciprocating hubs of the SDChassis. Each pick-and-place module is custom tooled to handle a specific part, i.e.: pneumatic gripper, suction cup, etc.


The SDChassis combines accurate and smooth tooling motions from its large CAM, along with the flexibility and programmability of a servo-driven indexing table and plate CAM encoder. The servo-driven indexing table allows for parts fixturing ranging from 4 to 48 stations, and the synchronized Servo CAM drives reciprocating plates that provide the motion for the tooling.

Two upper and one lower reciprocating hubs are driven by three independent telescoping center shafts that each travel on independent CAM tracks. As the CAM turns, it generates independent vertical motion for each hub. The hubs include precision linear bearing and ride-on precision ground shafts. The vertical reciprocating hub motion is then available for SDChassis motion tooling.

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We have a library of pre-engineered motion modules for the SDChassis, allowing users to achieve virtually any assembly operation, including pick-and-place, light press, vertical and horizontal slides, probing, escapement, and many other motions. Additionally, standard tooling can be customized, or new tooling can be designed and built for your specific application. SDC’s expertise in designing custom parts fixtures specifically for the SDChassis allows us to offer fixtures for virtually any part.

At SDC we specialize in custom engineering and design, we’ll work with you on every SDChassis to deliver a complete custom assembly and/or processing machine.


Common SDChassis cells include:

Robotic parts loading and/or unloading (picking from a pallet or an array)

Vibratory parts feeding

In-feed and out-feed conveyors

Many other parts feeding systems, including manually loaded in-feed conveyors


SDChassis Specifications

Indexing table diameters: 30 to 36″ (inquire about larger diameters)

Indexing accuracy: ±.002″

Indexing torque: 6000″/lbs

Indexing table stations: 4 to 48 fixture stations

Motion modules: Mount up to 24 per machine

Vertical motions: Up to 3″

Horizontal motions: Up to 6″

Electrical requirements: 480 volts, 15 amps, 60Hz, 3 phase


General Specifications

Operation indicator stack lights

Travel protection

Overload protection

CAM-derived motions

Hardened CAM tracks

Heavy ground steel top plate with key slots

Indexer shot-pin

Full guarding

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