AUSPACK 2017

Visit Scott Automation & Robotics at AUSPACK – Stand 250

7 – 10 March 2017, Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park 9am – 5pm daily.

Join the team on Stand 250 and see the Universal UR3, ABB Yumi and KUKA LBR IIWA all in action performing a variety of tasks.

Collaborative robots (cobots) will change the face of productivity and manufacturing in Australia.  Able to work alongside humans without the need for safety guarding subject to risk assessment, cobots open vast new applications for robot technology. They are easily integrated into existing production environments, and the tasks they are suited for are wide-ranging.

 

Auspack-BannerABOUT AUSPACK

Attracting professionals from the entire processing and packaging value chain, AUSPACK  2017 will continue to deliver global innovations across all segments of packaging and processing  in a local location.

Established in 1985 the exhibition has progressively expanded its reach to the processing and plastics sectors and has become the leading multi-platform exhibition to showcase packaging, processing and plastics machinery, materials and associated technologies in Australasia. AUSPACK enables processing, plastics and production line companies to showcase their solutions under one roof, alongside packaging and processing machinery.

AUSPACK is proudly owned and presented by the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA), Australia’s only national packaging and processing machinery organisation.

Register for AUSPACK 2017 today.

 

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Collaborative Robots get friendly with small business

Trends in Collaborative Robotics are converging to the benefit of small and mid-size manufacturers

Three trends in robotics are converging to the benefit of small- and mid-size manufacturers. One trend is the decreasing price point for robots. In recent years, robots have become affordable and flexible enough in their tasks to become feasible for small manufacturers. Another trend is the collaborative nature of many new robots. They can come out of their cages and work side-by-side with human workers. Finally, there’s a shift in the level if engineering required to deploy a robot on the shop floor. In the past, robotics required complex programming. Now they can be configured without sophisticated code.

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Recent advances in robots are redefining how humans can work with machines. This is happening across a range of manufacturing segments, from medical production to small shop tool and die. “Over the last decade there are a few things that have changed in the robot market that let us focus more on the smaller companies,” Sebastien Schmitt, robotic division manager for robot manufacturer, Staubli North America , told Design News. “Robots have become more affordable and the technology has evolved to become more accessible.”

That accessibility is a major factor in making robots feasible for small manufacturers. “A few years back, robots required engineers working with them, and they were quite complex to program,” said Schmitt. “Today with the redefined machines, we’re able to make the technology accessible to small companies.”

Meet Your New Mechanical Co-Worker

Smaller manufacturers are using robots for a variety of tasks. For one, collaborative robots can safely operate on a fast conveyer line next to human workers. Plus, they can be used by workers as a tool to lift and reposition heavy materials. “With collaborative robots, we’re redefining the man and machine interface,” said Schmitt. “Small companies now have access to single machines that can run at high speed or a machine that can let the operator get close to it and interact with it.”

Safety features are built into collaborative robots so that humans can work side-by-side or manipulate the robot to help with tasks that are beyond the strength of a human worker. “The robot will slow down and stop so the operator can get to it,” said Schmitt. “Or, the robot can help people lift heavy weights. You can drive the robot by hand to help with lifting.”

Easy to Use Complexity

The technology development in robotics has paced the rapid advances in other smart tools. “The phone industry is a good analogy. A few years back you had the flip phone, then the Palm Pilot, and now we all have smart phones. We’re doing things we didn’t think possible a few year ago,” said Schmitt. “Same with robots. A few years ago, it was a conveyor with a vision system. That was the high end. Today, that’s pretty standard. Sensors are intelligent and we can do complex movements by simply configuring them “

 

Find out how a Collaborative Robot could benefit your business, contact our Solution Engineers team.

 

 

 

 

 

article source: www.designnews.com

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BladeStop Series II Bandsaw has arrived

The Next Generation Bladestop Bandsaw Series IIin Bandsaw Safety for the Meat Industry

BladeStop Series II bandsaw  further enhances the already ground-breaking design and functionality of the current system. With a faster stopping time, quick restart capability and no blade change required, BladeStop Series II is the ultimate for reducing bandsaw risk.

BladeStop is available worldwide through our offices in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Europe and in other regions through our distributor network. Contact us today for a quote.

 

Key Features of the BladeStop Series II Bandsaw

 

  • Stops the blade in 0.009 seconds (fastest stopping time in the industry – previously 0.015 seconds)
  • Fast reset/restart capability
  • No bending of the blade after an emergency stop
  • No blade change required after an emergency stop

 

Find out more information on a BladeStop Bandsaw or contact us today for a quote.

Retrofit Kits are now available to upgrade Series I to Series II saws

Upgrade a BladeStop Series I to A Series II with our Retrofit kit

SCOTT have developed a retrofit-kit to upgrade your existing Series I BladeStop to a Series II. Stock is now available, upgrade to the Series II at your next service.

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BladeStop Retofit Kits to Upgrade from Series I to Series II

Upgrade a BladeStop Series I to A Series II with our Retrofit kitUpgrade your existing Series I BladeStop stopping mechanism to a Series II with our Retro-fit kit.

 

Features of the BladeStop Series II include:

 

  • Faster Stopping Time
    (Industry leading stopping timeBlade stops within 0.009 seconds)
  • Fast Restart Capability
  • No Bending of the Blade
  • No Changing of the Blade Required

 

Stock of the retro-fit kit is now available, upgrade to the Series II at your next service.

 

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Australian manufacturer improves safety & minimises risk with a UR10 Collaborative Robot

Challenge:

DENSO Automotive Systems Australia (Australian Automotive Air) based in Croydon, Victoria manufactures engine cooling systems, air conditioning, air intake systems, fuel pump modules and instrument clusters as well as the sales of imported and aftermarket automotive products.

DENSO were looking to improve safety, specifically for operators lifting un-ergonomic Automotive AC / Heating motor body assemblies from the manual assembly station to a conveyor for transferring to the next work station. Initial internal investigation within the DENSO team resulted in the assumption that implementation of a robot to automate the process would be too complex and with poor return on investment.

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Solution:

DENSO, needing a solution that was able to remove potential for injury, be cost effective (ROI), fast to implement and easy for operators to adjust. DENSO selected a Universal Robot UR10 from Scott Automation & Robotics after attending SCOTT’s Melbourne office for a client demonstration. Denso worked alongside SCOTT to get a thorough understanding of the UR10’s capabilities, ironing out any questions or hesitations.

Staff at DENSO’s decision to purchase the UR10 was backed by Scott Automation & Robotics’ ongoing support and reputation as an industry leader in collaborative robotics, citing the main difference in Scotts’ approach “Scott have expert knowledge in the collaborative robot space. The technical guidance provided by Scott, along with their responsiveness to questions was second to none.”

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The AC / Heating motor body assemble, weighing 8 kg is physically large and difficult to handle. DENSO considered other collaborative robot models and brands, but payload and reach eliminated most of the other units. The UR10 exceeded the project requirements in being able to perform the task required by the production process. The UR10 was able to eliminate the risk of repetitive strain injuries by removing the manual lifting and twisting that had exposed operators to risk.

To find out how a Collaborative Robot Arm could benefit your manufacturing facility please contact one of our Solution Engineers.

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Five Reasons to Consider Cobots in a high mix/low volume environment

“CoBots” is a contraction of the word “collaborative” and “robots” and covers a work situation where robots are working closely with people. The market for collaborative robots in the automotive industry is expected to grow by 43 percent annually over the next five years, so robot potential usefulness is far from completely played out.

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1. Price

If you choose to automate only the simplest 80 percent of a production process, the solution will typically be significantly cheaper than a fully automated solution. You can leave the remaining 20 percent (the technologically difficult sub-processes) to a human operator. This means that the robot may, for example, do only the dirty work such as heavy lifting or many monotonous repetitions, and has a human companion to perform the work that is more variable and requires a little more ingenuity.

2. Safety

Sharing processes between the robot and the operator means that operators often come into close contact with the robots. Therefore the robot must be safe – safety requirements for collaborative robots are far tougher than for closed robot cells.

3. Flexibility
Collaborative robots – in contrast to large robot cells that are either heavy maybe bolted to the floor — can typically be moved around the production area and potentially used in more than one production process. Companies that do not mass produce a product, but instead produce many product variations and different products (High Mix / Low Volume), can benefit from using collaborative robots because of the options of rapid relocation to where their work is needed, and rapid reconfiguration to deal with new tasks.

4. Ease
Because collaborative robots are distinguished by being flexible, they are often also much more user-friendly than their more traditional robot colleagues. It is normally easy for ordinary production workers to manage and reconfigure the robot.

5. Improving employees
Collaborative robots can perform tasks that are hard and laborious for human employees, and enable employees to produce faster, more safely and efficiently. Companies with collaborative robots are more likely to make products at a price that can compete with products produced in countries with cheaper labour. Businesses can also benefit from employees who have some spare capacity to e.g. devise new and creative methods of production and process optimization.

To find out how a Collaborative Robot Arm could benefit your manufacturing facility please contact one of our Solution Engineers.

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