Sometimes assembly tables are fitted with carpets, foam or rubber matting. These are solutions which cause other problems: swarf and debris can become entrapped in carpets, which can then scratch sensitive surfaces. Foam can lead to rubbing, which creates dull spots on coated surfaces. Rubber matting has high levels of friction – handling components is made more difficult on these surfaces due to the resistance encountered.
Existing assembly areas can be quickly and economically retro-fitted with a brush surface to prevent damage.
Dirt can build up on the surfaces of work stations and assembly areas. Screws or swarf may gather unnoticed on surfaces and scratch or mark high value components – scrap rates increase. A bristle surface however is not hard and unforgiving but “open and flexible”. Small items, such as screws and nails or dirt and debris, fall between the bristles and do not scratch components. At the same time friction is reduced and parts can be moved around easily on the surface as it consists of a multitude of supporting bristle tips.
A reduction in friction brings a further advantage: when moving components on carpets or foam friction generates heat. On painted or coated surfaces marking can arise. By using the Mink Care-System® system marking is avoided thus avoiding any potential scrap.