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Robot versus knot – it’s a tie The applications for robots and automation continue to grow as the technology becomes ever more capable and flexible. Add innovative design concepts to the mix and it is now possible to achieve tasks that were once the strict domain of the human. A system designed and built by Wood – Automated Systems UK to tie knots automatically clearly demonstrates that robots and automation together have taken great leaps forward and are no longer not just for the simple tasks. Many of the traditional tasks for robots involve either handling and picking items from one location to another, or performing process operations such as spot welding, arc welding, gluing, sealing and laser cutting. These are all important applications at the heart of many manufacturing processes, some of which also use external sensors or machine vision to enhance their flexibility and capability. Until now, the more tactile and dextorous tasks, such as tying a knot, have generally been left to operators. However, where consistency and speed are essential elements, then a combination of robots and intelligent automation is likely to be the preferred solution.
was just too slow. A revised concept was tested, this time incorporating an intelligent tooling post, and the final solution was identified. Tim Bednall, Sales and Marketing Manager for Wood Automated Systems UK commented: “This is a great example of combining innovative design concepts with a highly flexible robot and an element of bespoke automation to deliver a solution to a task generally perceived as requiring a manual operator. Whilst this system has been designed specifically for twisted wire pairs, the fundamental concept could be applied to many different knot-tying applications. ” The cell incorporates a 6-axis robot and a machine vision system. The machine vision system performs multiple roles including, checking that the knot is present, determining the position of the knot in relation to another component - to a pre-defined tolerance and, performing a quality inspection on that component for the presence of flash. Wood – Automated Systems UK apply their design and automation expertise to a wide spectrum of applications, many of which incorporate a diverse range of technologies, to deliver high quality production automation solutions for multiple industry sectors. (The system designed and built by Wood – Automated Systems UK uses a combination of a robot and intelligent automation to tie knots in twisted wire pair’s)
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Computer control of the storage means that material can be called up more quickly and reliably, maximising productivity. Inventory control is also more efficient using built-in functionality in the KASTO controller, with easy connectivity to MRP systems and into the wider Industry 4.0 environment. Storage systems can be interfaced directly with KASTO saws and other types of machine tool. More than 2,200 automated storage systems have been installed worldwide for all types of application, in all sizes, some with integrated saws. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.kasto.com
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The success of modern product development and manufacturing efforts depends increasingly on being able to iterate quickly, test innovative ideas and shorten time to market. Products must be designed, materials evaluated, prototypes tested, and parts manufactured faster than ever. With access to the right technology, agile teams can quickly go from design to production, using fewer resources and meeting customer demand. A comprehensive rapid prototyping and manufacturing strategy offers an obvious advantage to businesses looking to keep their products and services competitive. Although sophisticated and highly capable, additive manufacturing technologies are actually just one segment of rapid prototyping and manufacturing. Digital subtractive systems increase capability by offering complementary functionality with similar flexibility and speed.
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The ULTRA 9 addresses this by providing high baseline precision and extreme “tune-ability” to allow users to adjust the laser output to their application. The ULTRA 9 is able to provide consistent and repeatable results through stable laser energy delivery and selectable power density.
When selecting subtractive technology to work alongside additive manufacturing systems, it is essential that the system chosen is capable of matching or exceeding the quality and performance of the 3D technology, working flexibly, accurately and efficiently. David Richter of Universal Laser Systems explains why digital laser technology, specifically the company’s new ULTRA 9 system for laser cutting, drilling and marking, delivers the perfect balance when combining additive and subtractive methods.
The ULTRA 9 motion system also incorporates advanced path planning and addressable beam positioning as low as 2 um, which help maintain part dimensional integrity. The unmatched ability of the ULTRA 9 to control and fine-tune these critical laser parameters sets a new standard in processing quality.
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Not only does the ULTRA 9 produce high quality repeatable results, it is also very efficient. Throughput is optimised with a maximum beam positioning speed of 3810 mm / sec (150 in/ sec) for vector processing and a maximum raster material processing speed of more than 7620 mm/ sec (300 in/sec). Through advanced path planning and other features like material-independent autofocus, high quality results are consistently achieved in the shortest possible processing time. Richter sums up: “It’s clear that having subtractive laser technology such as our ULTRA 9 system available alongside 3D additive systems boosts productivity and opens up new manufacturing possibilities. The ability to quickly produce high quality components in the final material maximises manufacturing capability. With material flexibility, precision, and efficiency, the Ultra 9 checks all the boxes.” Universal Laser Systems will be showcasing the ULTRA 9 and demonstrating the benefits of subtractive laser technology as part of a comprehensive rapid product development and prototyping strategy at the forthcoming TCT Show at the NEC in Birmingham between the 24th and 26th September 2019.
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