Materials Handling

Smart cup for composites handling from Simmatic

Smart cup for composites handling from Simmatic

Pre-impregnation composite materials – or pre-preg composites as they’re usually known – typically take the form of heavy, floppy sheets that resemble the thick felt used for roofing purposes. Their flexibility and weight means that pre-preg composites are notoriously difficult to handle. When a pattern maker asked Simmatic to devise a reliable way of lifting […]

By April 26, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Fanuc launches its first SCARA robot range

Fanuc launches its first SCARA robot range

Fanuc UK has introduced its first range of Selective Compliance Assembly Robot Arm (SCARA) robots for picking and packing, assembly, and material handling applications. The SR-3iA, which was first unveiled at last year’s International Robot Exhibition (iREX) in Tokyo, is perfectly suited for manufacturers requiring automated, fast assembly within a circular working envelope. The robot […]

By March 28, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Fanuc’s new robot turns press-to-press transfers upside-down

Fanuc’s new robot turns press-to-press transfers upside-down

Press-to-press transfer applications will become faster, smoother and more compact, thanks to the latest rack-mounted industrial robot by Fanuc UK. The R2000iC/100P, which can be attached to a wall or ceiling, is a space-saving alternative to traditional, floor-mounted robots. It can achieve a larger work envelope in a smaller surface area, making it the perfect […]

By January 25, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Mabey puts cutting-edge ABB robots to work

Mabey puts cutting-edge ABB robots to work

Leading bridge and engineering services specialist Mabey has put its new robots to work at its Mabey Bridge site in Lydney, Gloucestershire. Forming one complete cell, the new robots support the manufacture of the Mabey Compact 200 (C200) – the world’s most widely used modular steel bridge. Investing £2.6m in the new robots, they will […]

By July 5, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Kawasaki adds 1,000kg MG10HL to robot line-up

Kawasaki adds 1,000kg MG10HL to robot line-up

Kawasaki Robotics has added a 1,000kg payload robot to its heavy payload M-Series range. Meeting an increasing demand for handling heavy loads, the new MG10HL with a compact design maintains rigidity and accuracy throughout its extensive motion range. The Kawasaki MG10HL allows applications such as handling automotive floor pans, or complete bodies, between processes to […]

By January 14, 2016 Read More →
ABB introduces high payload IRB 8700 robot

ABB introduces high payload IRB 8700 robot

ABB Robotics has introduced its highest payload, multipurpose industrial robot, the IRB 8700. The IRB 8700 robot has a reach of 3.5m and is capable of handling a payload of up to 800kg (1000 kg with the wrist down; 630 kg with LeanID). Designed for the ultimate in uptime, reliability and reduced maintenance, ABB says […]

By January 1, 2016 Read More →
Robot cell from KUKA Systems shapes parts assembly

Robot cell from KUKA Systems shapes parts assembly

KUKA Systems UK has played a key role in developing an automated cell for a major research project into bulk additive manufacturing. The automation solutions specialist worked with research engineers from the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC) at Sheffield University to design a 10x5m robot cell for building near net shape parts from […]

By August 17, 2015 Read More →
Fast and cost-effective robotic automation

Fast and cost-effective robotic automation

Comau has introduced a new high-speed, 6-axis articulated robot featuring a payload of 3kg and a reach of just 630 mm. The third robot within the award-winning Racer family, Racer3 is Comau’s response to the growing market demand for fast, cost-effective robotic automation within small to medium-sized enterprises and emerging countries. With a streamlined design […]

By June 24, 2015 Read More →
Superior performance and reduced operating costs

Superior performance and reduced operating costs

For many years, the SCHUNK PGN-plus universal gripper has been considered a benchmark for gripping modules. Now with the new PGN-plus Permanent, SCHUNK, the competence leader for clamping technology and gripping systems is raising the bar. Its unique permanent lubrication provides a faster and more even distribution of the lubricant, even with short strokes. The […]

By June 22, 2015 Read More →
Robotics software for gantry applications

Robotics software for gantry applications

Fully fledged robot functions for simple gantry systems and automatic stackers can be designed more easily with the new robotics module in the Lenze FAST application software. Lenze says it is paving the way for easily configurating coordinated motion along several axes, with a powerful pick and place module that has everything engineers need for […]

By June 10, 2015 Read More →
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