Factory automation > Robotics

Robot range

31 August, 2009 by

The Kuka KR5 sixx CR cleanroom robot features a 5 kg payload and is available in two versions: the KR5 sixx R650 CR with 650 mm reach and the KR5 sixx R850 CR with 850 mm reach. Both are compact, high-speed robots that meet ISO Class 3 requirements and are double foil packed under cleanroom conditions.


Robot

31 August, 2009 by

Cama’s latest robot, the Triaflex, is a custom-made robot that can reach speeds of up to 150 cycles/min, with the capability to function on a single or double line tracking system and carry out tasks which are particularly complicated technically, such as managing and loading products on continuous motion machines.


Robot solves skills shortage for coatings specialist

27 August, 2009

Finding specialised qualified staff and the need for greater efficiency in an increasingly competitive marketplace motivated Peter Harrison, the General Manager of Melbourne-based Hilustre Coatings Pty Ltd, to investigate the possibility of using a robot at the company’s spray painting facility.


Smarter robotic palletising

14 July, 2009

More and more, customers are wanting to automate the palletising function within their production facilities but are often unable to provide space for such a system. And in today’s current economic conditions, customers are becoming even more focused on the return on investment of their capital equipment purchases.


SPC Ardmona cans in safe hands

25 June, 2009

When Australian company SPC Ardmona switched its palletising system, it found other advantages than just packing more pallets. The new system also opened up opportunities for new business.


Smarter robotic palletising

25 June, 2009

More and more, customers are wanting to automate the palletising function within their production facilities but are often unable to provide space for such a system. And in today’s current economic conditions, customers are becoming even more focused on the return on investment of their capital equipment purchases. The result is that customers now seek quality equipment with excellent performance specifications and a predictable commissioning timeline, all at a reasonable price.


With a human touch — how robots have learned to polish

14 April, 2009 by Xianjie Bao, Wen Peng, Xingguo Yin, Xinyu Fang, Hui Zhang*

An apparently simple operation to polish a work piece is in fact highly complex. A skilled person with a long experience in this process can do it very well and most of the handling is based on ‘feeling’.


Lightweight robot

01 April, 2009 by

The IRB 4600 features a compact and lightweight design with an upper arm of aluminium and spur gears of ABB’s own design. The robot incorporates QuickMove and TrueMove, ABB’s sharp motion technology that defines precise performance and path accuracy with the shortest possible rapid cycle time.


Robotic bin picking

01 April, 2009 by

ABB has introduced robotic bin picking technology that can locate and disseminate jumbled and randomly situated materials from bins.


Cleaning up one of Tasmania’s dirtiest jobs

16 March, 2009

Zinc smelting began in 1917 on the site of Nyrstar’s Hobart plant in Tasmania. For generations it has involved hard, dirty and risky jobs. One of the toughest — skimming the waste ‘dross’ off molten zinc just poured into ingot moulds — was done by hand with a rake, until four ABB industrial robots took it over in 2008.


Robotic tool changer module

14 March, 2009 by

ATI-Industrial Automation has introduced a high-power tool changer electrical module that passes current up to 28 A, 500 VAC/700 VDC and includes Amphenol MS-style connectors and a protective earth safety ground. Other features include a fluid-resistant seal on the contacts and specially designed contact pins for low resistance.


Robotic tool changer module

28 January, 2009

ATI-Industrial Automation has introduced a high-power tool changer electrical module that passes current up to 28 A, 500 VAC/700 VDC and includes Amphenol MS-style connectors and a protective earth safety ground.


RMIT student wins robotics award

08 January, 2009

Chun-Yen Lai from RMIT University has won ABB's 2008 National Robotics Innovation Competition, after devising a robot that automated the manufacture of key furniture components.


CSIRO mine automation technology goes global

20 October, 2008

CSIRO has signed an agreement to commercialise its innovative underground longwall automation system, known as LASC technology, with one of the world’s largest longwall mining original equipment manufacturers, Joy Australasia.


Rio Tinto's Pilbara train drivers set to strike

08 October, 2008

Train drivers at Rio Tinto's Pilbara operations are expected to walk off the job for 12 hours this Saturday 11 October, as part of a push by the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union to get driver compensation for Rio's planned driverless train system.


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