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Robotics & Automated Handling Systems
Project solves robotic accuracy issue
Robotics & Automated Handling Systems : 23 August, 2015
A research project at the Manufacturing Technology Centre has delivered what is claimed to be a world first in using metrology to deliver ultra-accurate robotic automation.
 
Articulated robotic arm with six degrees of freedom
Robotics & Automated Handling Systems : 21 September, 2014
At this year’s Engineering Design Show, Igus is showcasing a range of new products, including Robolink D, an articulated directly driven arm that allows for up to 6 degrees of freedom. Visitors can see a demonstration of a full Robolink D system in action.
 
Creative machine builder minimises footprint with hanging robot
Robotics & Automated Handling Systems : 21 May, 2014
A workcell measuring just 0.8 x 1m, with an ABB IRB 120 robot hanging upside-down from the ceiling, is used at global contact lens manufacturer CooperVision’s R&D facility in Southampton. The cell provides a reduced cycle time of 30% by enabling the faster transfer of contact lenses between the moulding and curing processes.
 
Fibre-laser robot welder has 10kW power source on tap
Robotics & Automated Handling Systems : 28 March, 2014
A robot fibre-laser weld cell using what is believed to be the UK's largest commercially operated power source, 10kW, has been installed at Graham Engineering Limited (GEL) in Nelson, Lancashire. The System has been integrated by Cyber-Weld - a strategic partner of Fanuc for welding applications - using a Fanuc six axes robot at its heart. The fibre laser weld cell has increased production capacity and provided important additional capabilities.
 
Common CNC control platform provides higher speed, acceleration and accuracy
Robotics & Automated Handling Systems : 14 February, 2014
At Mach 2014, Fanuc UK will demonstrate higher speed, faster acceleration, increased accuracy and the resultant reduced cycle times offered through its latest generation of CNC controller, the 31 i-B5 control system. The Robodrill α-DiA series vertical machining centres will be used to illustrate operation cycle times and finish on real components.
 
Fast, flexible medium size parts transfer for press automation
Robotics & Automated Handling Systems : 10 February, 2014
ABB's IRB 6660FX is claimed to increase the productivity of medium size tandem press lines by more than 25% compared with conventional six-axis robots.
 
Communications software aids implementation of vision-guided robotics
Robotics & Automated Handling Systems : 31 January, 2014
Matrox Imaging has announced new communication software that allows vision systems running Matrox Imaging software to directly interface, over an Ethernet link, with controllers from leading robot vendors including ABB and FANUC. The socket-based communication protocol was developed by Centre de Robotique et de Vision Industrielles (CRVI), an experienced Quebec technology transfer centre specialized in industrial robotics and vision applications.
 
Chinese industrial robots market to become global leader
Robotics & Automated Handling Systems : 09 September, 2013
The Chinese industrial robots market has been forecast to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.44% through 2016, driven by the need for increased productivity in the manufacturing process, and the emergence of next-generation industrial robots.
 
Lights-out automation keeps subcontracting work high
Robotics & Automated Handling Systems : 14 July, 2013
A North East manufacturer employing "lights-out" machine-shop automation has been awarded for its successful diversification into the competitive aerospace sub-contract engineering sector. Consistent investment in advanced machine tool automation, including robotics, has helped ALM Products to build a new subcontract engineering service into a healthy 40% of turnover.
 
Robots with upgraded mechanical design are flexible, fast, functional - and food safe
Robotics & Automated Handling Systems : 23 March, 2013
The new MELFA F-Series robots from Mitsubishi Electric are designed to be flexible, fast, functional - and food safe. As such they are expected to open up many new fields of usage.
 
Robot slims down and speeds up, aimed at special purpose machinery
Robotics & Automated Handling Systems : 13 February, 2013
Fanuc has introduced the latest version of its successful LRMate 200 robot. Ideally suited for integration into special purpose machinery the LRMate 200iD is now more compact, faster, has increased payload and a larger work envelope
 
Productivity improvements for welding and cutting
Robotics & Automated Handling Systems : 15 November, 2012
Kemper's display at Euro-BLECH 2012 included SparkTRAP, a spark separator, as well as the KemTab HiEnd cutting table.
 
 
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