Aerospace

Autonomous robots could soon transport Airbus

Autonomous robots could soon transport Airbus

Entire aircraft wing assemblies could be transported by intelligent, autonomous robots at the vast Airbus production facility in North Wales following a collaborative research project with engineers at the AMRC’s Integrated Manufacturing Group. The ambitious project began by developing safe, automated means of delivering tooling supplies internally within the Airbus factory at Broughton in Wales, […]

By December 19, 2018 Read More →
Machine vision and robotics solve positioning challenge

Machine vision and robotics solve positioning challenge

Having a machine ‘see’ a complex shaped part, then manipulate it whilst performing a highly accurate masking application is an example of a unique challenge presented in ‘future manufacturing technology’. For Astech Projects engineers, this future technology is all in a day’s work. In 2015, Astech Projects was approached by an aerospace manufacturer that needed […]

By December 14, 2018 Read More →
Functional testing of nanosatellites using robots

Functional testing of nanosatellites using robots

Argotec, Italian aerospace engineering company, and Comau, worldwide leader in delivering advanced industrial automation products and systems, present ATENA, an innovative system aimed at testing and validating the functionality of nanosatellites. ATENA (Advanced Testing Emulator for Nanosatellite Arm) simplifies simulations of satellite performance, generally carried out through complex numerical analysis and tests of hardware, software, […]

By September 17, 2018 Read More →
Igus reduces mobile robot weight by 15%

Igus reduces mobile robot weight by 15%

Safety is particularly important in air travel, both on the ground and in the air. For this reason, aircraft are regularly inspected and maintained. An important item on the inspector’s checklist is looking for signs of corrosion and metal fatigue on the outer skin of the aircraft. To reduce ground handling times and to increase […]

By September 9, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Universal Robots help automate the aerospace industry

Universal Robots help automate the aerospace industry

When experiencing increased demand for specialised parts, Whippany Actuation Systems faced an important decision — purchase a new CNC machine, outsource production, or introduce automation with a Universal Robots-based solution. Whippany Actuation Systems makes electro-mechanical actuation systems for the aerospace and defense industries. The company needed to increase production quickly, preferred to manufacture in-house, and […]

By February 28, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Controller for 6-axis test piece robot and welding laser

Controller for 6-axis test piece robot and welding laser

Control of Europe’s most powerful non-military laser, plus a six-axis test piece handling robot and multiple points of distributed I/O at a new laser-based R&D centre is based on a Mitsubishi Electric iQ-controller. The laser-based research and development cell has been installed at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Ansty, West Midlands, to help keep […]

By May 22, 2014 Read More →
Innovative approach to automating ultrasonic testing

Innovative approach to automating ultrasonic testing

Ultrasonic Sciences Limited (USL) based in Aldershot, Hampshire, UK are leaders in the design and manufacture of automated and semi-automated ultrasonic testing systems. Many of their systems are in use around the world testing highly critical metallic and composite components mainly in the aerospace and metals industries. When USL decided to manufacture a fully automated […]

By March 3, 2014 Read More →
KUKA appoints AIM Engineering as official system partner

KUKA appoints AIM Engineering as official system partner

Manchester-based AIM Engineering, whose customers include aircraft and vehicle manufacturers, has joined KUKA’s ‘official system partern’ scheme, which provides a wide range of services to system integrators such as product technical support and marketing help. Pictured are Grant Hudson (left), sales business manager at AIM Engineering and KUKA robot sales specialist Richard Goodwin (right). Partners are […]

By January 24, 2013 Read More →
KUKA joins Manufacturing Technology Centre

KUKA joins Manufacturing Technology Centre

KUKA Robotics UK has signalled its ambitions to help develop innovative, new automated production processes for the high value manufacturing sector. The Black Country-based industrial robot supplier is now a member of the MTC (Manufacturing Technology Centre) at Coventry’s Ansty Park. Pictured are Ian Walker (seated), general sales manager at KUKA Robotics UK, with Ken […]

By November 26, 2012 Read More →
Mike Wilson joins ABB’s robotics team

Mike Wilson joins ABB’s robotics team

ABB’s robotics business has signed Mike Wilson as its new General Industry Sales Manager for the UK and Ireland. Mike is tasked with growing and managing sales of ABB’s robots and robot systems for non-automotive applications, such as mechanical engineering, electrical & electronics, aerospace, pharmaceutical and medical. Mike is a well-known figure in the world […]

By October 12, 2012 Read More →