From November 16-18, Las Vegas will probably be all about metalworking and fabricating. Nicely, possibly Las Vegas will nonetheless even be about playing. However there may be extra than simply slot machines on the town: To find modern automation options within the metalworking business, you will discover no higher place throughout this era than FABTECH 2016, November 16-18 on the Las Vegas Conference Middle – this yr Common Robots can have an look with our own booth for the primary time.
At FABTECH the UR robots will probably be exhibited in an application mounted with a scanner that provides metrology data on prototypes, evaluating product deviations to technical drawings. The user-friendly robots will even be showcased in welding and materials dealing with purposes. So do cease by sales space N-1804 for an in depth encounter!
Traditionally, the metalworking business has been a spot the place new automation applied sciences have been carried out early. To maintain up with the competitors, huge gamers have relied on discovering modern methods to steadily increase effectivity. The invention of assembly line manufacturing initially of the 20<sup>th</sup> century or the implementation of business robots within the 1970’s streamlined manufacturing. Collaborative robotics mark one other industrial revolution, from its inception it has performed an important function within the metalworking business. However this time, there are two essential variations.
Earlier industrial revolutions developed top-down, as they primarily had their origin in massive enterprises forging new methods of automation: They largely resulted out of the invention of huge and hulking machines, which regarded quite a lot of area in in depth manufacturing halls. And, much more importantly, these machines have been costly, which is why the applied sciences have been inexpensive initially just for massive enterprises. In distinction, the present industrial revolution coming with collaborative robots, comes bottom-up: By decreasing prices and reducing area necessities these robots make automation attainable for small and medium-sized enterprises.
The metalworking business continues to be in search of to boost effectivity and precision in each massive and small enterprises. Not too long ago, a 3rd issue has grow to be simply as vital: Flexibility. Increasingly more usually clients ask for extremely individualized merchandise, making the whole provide chain with all of its components face a problem of a posh excessive combine/low quantity manufacturing. The metalworking business just isn’t an exception. This phenomenon ends in the necessity for versatile automation expertise to be arrange for brand new duties simply and rapidly.
How would possibly this look in apply? What’s the opinion of individuals truly being liable for such a manufacturing line? Let’s have a look:
Etalex is a Canadian shelving system producer, wanted a versatile robotic arm resolution that could possibly be used for a number of duties whereas taking on little helpful area on the manufacturing flooring.
One of many duties is manually unloading a brake press 8 hours a day. Bodily demanding work that additionally has the potential for accidents.
“We would have liked a versatile automation resolution that could possibly be used for 10 totally different manufacturing cycles. Since I solely have 6 ft of area in entrance of the brake press, it was vital that I might run this utility with out security caging round it.” – Jean Francois Rousseau, Plant Engineer, Etalex
Etalex selected an answer based mostly on a UR10. It stands proudly initially of the immense 300,000 sq. foot manufacturing corridor. And, in contrast to any of the opposite 25 robots, the UR10 has no protecting fencing taking on helpful area.
The UR10 takes items out of the brake press utilizing a suction cup and locations them in a stack close by. This repetitive, probably harmful work is completely suited to the collaborative robotic arm.
The guide duties delegated to the workers have now been diminished to an hour each day spent on inspecting the standard of every pallet and altering the coils. Liberating up helpful time to work on extra rewarding duties.
Machine operator at Etalex, Richard Clive, stresses how the UR10 has made the office a lot safer:
“Earlier than, you needed to put your fingers near the brake press. There’s all the time an opportunity of an accident taking place at any time. However with the Common Robots, there is no such thing as a probability of anybody getting injured.”