Pharmaceuticals

FANUC robots flex to medical blister filling needs

FANUC robots flex to medical blister filling needs

Compactness and dexterity were two important features of the anthropomorphic FANUC LR Mate 200iD robot selected by FlexLink for a cutting-edge medical assembly line located in Italy. Combined with a FANUC M-1iA delta robot and an integrated iRVision system, FlexLink completely re-engineered the blister packing operation, automating an intricate and time-intensive job that previously performed […]

By February 18, 2016 Read More →
Life sciences focus for AUTOMATICA 2016 in Munich

Life sciences focus for AUTOMATICA 2016 in Munich

In the burgeoning life science, medical and pharmaceuticals markets, robots are breaking into new task areas. In the process not only are they working for man but also, and increasingly commonly, directly with him. More than 200 companies will be showcasing their pioneering developments in this innovative industry at AUTOMATICA 2016, from 21 – 24 […]

By November 16, 2015 Read More →
Omron SCARA robots automate swab manufacture

Omron SCARA robots automate swab manufacture

To eliminate tedious manual handling in the manufacturing process for water-testing swabs, manufacturing automation expert Secure Technologies Ltd has developed an efficient and cost-effective solution based on an Omron SCARA robot. This novel solution also makes extensive use of other Omron automation components, including laser sensors to accurately detect the position of the tiny swabs, […]

By September 22, 2015 Read More →
PGN-plus Permanent reduces operating costs

PGN-plus Permanent reduces operating costs

PGN-plus Permanent is the latest innovation for the PGN-plus gripper from Schunk, employing a unique lubrication system. This provides faster, more even distribution of the lubricant in the PGN-plus Permanent gripper, even with short strokes. The complete contour of the patented multi-tooth guidance on the PGN-plus Permanent is equipped with grease pockets, which ensures a […]

By July 13, 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 →
Human-robot collaboration and Industry 4.0

Human-robot collaboration and Industry 4.0

At this year’s Hannover Messe, Mitsubishi Electric and partners presented hands-on handling and automation solutions, with robotic highlights from quality control through to pick and place applications and systems for handling delicate goods One particular high speed application was based on the new RH-1FHR MELFA robot which is used by Bahr Modultechnik in a camera-supported […]

By April 15, 2015 Read More →
Driven track for robot cell’s product transportation

Driven track for robot cell’s product transportation

When Mike Weber, general manager of Robotronic, was looking for flexible product transportation through a new design of robot cell, he turned to the HepcoMotion. Now HepcoMotion’s DTS2 dynamic track system is playing a key role on the MRT (modular robot technology) robot cell, which provides a product feeding system for the pharmaceutical packaging industry. […]

By March 30, 2015 Read More →
Big rise forecast in the global robot population

Big rise forecast in the global robot population

In this month’s podcast we look at a report which suggests the global robot population is set to pass two million, and a further report that forecasts the industrial logistics robot market will top $31 billion. We also look at top tips for robotic safety. [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/193171840"  params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]

By November 12, 2014 Read More →
Global robot population set to pass two million

Global robot population set to pass two million

Accelerating demand for industrial robots is set to continue, with 15% more robots installed in 2014 than in 2013, and forecasts for 12% growth for the next two years. That will see the global robot population in factories top two million by the end of 2017. These are the findings of the International Federation of […]

By October 7, 2014 Read More →
Hygienic robot for use in cleanroom environments

Hygienic robot for use in cleanroom environments

At Automatica 2014, Denso Robotics introduced the new VS H202/UV series hygienic robot designed for use in cleanroom environments. The new hygienic robot has a hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) spray and ultra-violet (UV) light resistant surface, making it ideal for the pharmaceutical and medical fields. Additionally, the hygienic robot design features round forms and a screw-less surface […]

By August 20, 2014 Read More →