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MUNIAC, LLC. Introduction

I (Scott) started Muniac, LLC. in December of 2014 to assist small manufacturing businesses with designing, prototyping and developing solutions that improve their productivity either in house or by adding value to the products they manufacture.  The Projects Page presents examples of the range of projects I've worked on with customers.  I've been doing this type of work in one form or another for 40 years.  Creative and/or innovative problem solving might best describe it.  My shop is 30' x 30' and includes a variety of tools, equipment and an electronics bench for prototyping PCBs including microprocessor based solutions.  I'm not setup for large fabrication or high volume production runs.  My specialty being one off solutions or piece production not exceeding 100 parts.  Please view the Machine & Tool List page to get an idea of the equipment I have in my shop.  Laser, plasma and water jet cut parts are outsourced.

Wire stripping machine.
Automatic wire stripping machine.
Automation plays a major role in maintaining high productivity and accuracy.  It also can help improve the quality of the work place by reducing burdens on workers and allow them to complete work faster.  And/or making a job simpler to perform.  The wire stripping machine at left automatically removed insulation from the end of wires.  This avoided using manual stripping tools which are slow and uncomfortable to the hand when thousands of stripping operations need to be performed.  In some cases it's cost effective to design and build dedicated machines to perform tasks.  Such would be the case if a machine or tool isn't available or prohibitively expensive.  Automation can be purely pneumatic, mechanical or microprocessor based.  More complex machines may involve a blend of all of the above.

Shown at right is an automatic T-stake machine which assembles and staples T-stakes for use by the mining industry.  These were previously assembled by hand using a manual placement fixture.  Two hoppers hold 72 of the vertical and horizontal stake pieces.  This machine can output 8-10 stakes per minute and run unassisted.  Hoppers can be refilled while the machine is operating.

This machine is powered by pneumatic cylinders.  Timing and air valve switching is handled by an RS-485 relay board and PC.  You can watch a video of the machine running HERE.

Automation like this can be very helpful to a small business by increasing production and reducing labor costs.
T-stake machine.
Automatic T-stake machine being built.

Motion control board.
Motion control prototype board.
Many automation projects require more complex electronics to manage motion controls like servo or stepper motors.  If off the shelf components aren't available, then custom electronics need to be created.  The prototype board at left provides control for 3 axes from an RS-485 full duplex link.  This board was used to control a delta positioning device which required special mapping.  Serial communications came from a Raspberry pi 3 model B board running Linux.  All software was written in C.

If you have questions about the above projects and how this type of automation could help your business please feel free to call or email me at the contact information below:

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