Category: Industrial Robot


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Can Robot milling replace a traditional CNC machine?

Robot Milling

Robot milling involves adding the flexibility to replace a traditional CNC machine

Robot milling can now replace a machine tool in certain applications, bringing a high level of flexibility to use different tools in the 3D space. Robots are capable of producing the highest quality complex and unusual geometries parts. Automated milling systems can have flexible tooling for specific material removal.

Robot Milling can process a variety of different materials from alloys to plastics and from foams to timber. A robot is capable of milling any object of any size or shape by just adjusting the robot programming and end-of-arm-tooling.

We can find Industrial robots in a great variety of applications such as handling, welding, assembling and robot milling operations. Especially for machining operations, industrial robots represent a cost-saving and flexible alternative compared to standard machine tools. With the knowledge of interaction along the milling path, a general model-based path correction strategy is presented to significantly improve accuracy in milling operations.

Why working with a industrial robots?

Automotive Industry is using Robotics, where the robot usually execute a single routine following a set of 3d-Curves (circular or linear interpolations or PTP (Point to Point) movements). You just need to program the robot once to do the same operation for the whole lifecycle.

Milling Automation is a fairly new application for robots and not widely used. Programming is still a big challenge because the robot’s programming software does not support automatically programming of multiple tasks and spline-geometry.

With using CAM software, we have the advantage that we can use the CAM-strategy of contour milling, the end mill can follow the splines according to the surface normal.

 Robotic milling is advantageous in several aspects:

  • Increase Flexibility – Robotic milling greatly increases the flexibility of milling.
  • Lower Cost – Robotic milling can be cheaper than CNC.
  • Through the flexibility in workspace the robot supports undercuts and can work from all directions.
  • A further advantage is the (non-cubic) workspace. In contrary to portal milling machines, a robot does not operate within a fixed frame.
  • Calibration and self-reference of the robot: the robot can reference its own position to the model.
  • Industrial robots can work in diverse are as 3-D-printing as well as for milling or drafting.

CAD-CAM Solutions

Phoenix Control Systems will guide through the robot automation and complete the project. We will design, implement and test the complete systems.

Check also Welding Robotic, Assembly robots, Palletising robots and Welding tomorrow


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The future of Robotic Automation Systems

Robotic automation systems

THE NEW FUTURE FOR ROBOTIC AUTOMATION SYSTEMS STARTED

The future of robotic automation systems is here with new technologies. It could be the start of a new era of working with robots cooking, robot serving food, robot surgery or what about robot in the construction, lawyers, architecture design?  Who knows what else we will hear about working with robot in the near future!

As well as the many automotive applications, robots are now found in a variety of other industries with this wider use, there has been a significant increase in the number of people or industries that need to work with robots including the process designers, control engineers, architects to mention some of them.

Restaurant’s Robotics Technologies

Manufacturers of new robots are busy launching new products in the past year and, although the take-up still varies between market sectors as automotive, plastic/rubber and food/beverage are the largest users, but new industries are emerging.  Some restaurant has taken a huge step into the future investing in new robotics technologies  Yes, you can finally say that you can be served by a robot!

Medicine is using industrial robots

Scientists in the US have developed an autonomous surgical robot designed specifically to suture – or stitch up – soft tissue. And in testing, this surgical machine – which, it will operate entirely independently of human control. The results, reported in Science Translational Medicine, compare things such as the quality of the suturing, along with the amount of time the surgery took, and the number of mistakes made.

Robot Servicing

Lawyers can get the information with an “artificial-intelligence attorney”. Its capabilities of learning allow it to continue improving its answers and also help keep lawyers up-to-date about new rulings and by reading carefully through every single case it provides quickly the information that might be relevant to the cases. We may probably see them in the courtroom anytime soon.

Robot Integrator

We will find the robotic automation systems not only in robot milling, robotic material handling or robotic welding systems but also in many others unthinkable areas. Phoenix Robotic will keep you updated with the new technologies nowadays simply visit our website www.phoenixrobotic.com and Contact Us.

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“TOP 5 REASONS” Why Robot Systems can benefit your business?

Robot Systems integration
Robot Systems Integration

Robotic Automation as the Collaborative robots are a hot topic in manufacturing today. Some of these new robots are Universal Robots, Rethink Robotics, KUKA and ABB. They are hitting the marketplace and bringing robotics to small shops and factories.

The robot industry itself generates 170,000 to 190,000 jobs worldwide, including the support staff and operators, another similar number of people. There are three other types of robot application where robot systems create or preserve jobs. When can robots do the job?

  • When the product require satisfactory precision, consistency and cost.
  • Where the current work conditions are unsatisfactory, but where a robot will operate.
  • Where a high labour costs is threatened by a unit in a low labour cost area.

Phoenix provides the time, talents, technology to optimize your robotic automation process. Ou robotic systems integration experience will ensure the best robotics solution four business.

  1. Increase productivity while maintaining quality.
  2. Significant Savings- Offering quick returns on investment via increases in productivity and efficiency.
  3. Improve Quality by providing consistent, repeatable results.
  4. Safety – Industrial automation effectively improves workplace safety and protects workers from injury.
  5. Robot systems Integration can endure extreme environments and work around hazardous substances.
  6. Competitive Edge. In order to survive and thrive in today’s volatile global economy, businesses must remain competitive.

The automation of the fourth industrial revolution is accelerating: By 2018, around 1.3 million industrial robots will be entering service in factories around the world according to the survey from IFR .

Robot service is the next generation that will be used in industry, but some may probably become “Consumer products”. Therefore, this implies major new manufacturing activity. As quantities will be large, and precision and consistency are critical, this new manufacturing is going to need robotics. Alongside this is the employment of a whole new workforce.

What the experts in Robot Systems says?

“Today there are more opportunities than ever before in the robot industry,” said Jeff Burnstein, President of RIA. “The continuing growth in robotics is opening many new job opportunities for people who can program, install, run, and maintain robots. In fact, if you look closer at the jobs discussion, robotic automation is helping to save and create jobs.

 

“The robotic boom is laying down an important milestone in the realisation of the fourth industrial revolution”, says Joe Gemma, President of the International Federation of Robotics… Further impetus is coming into the form of the technological breakthrough in human-robot collaboration: Robotics workers will in future be found working hand-in-hand with human staff, helping to replace traditional, rigid production processes with flexible structures.”


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Robot welding automation using 3D printing

Even though, companies have the idea that robots are difficult to program, they soon learn that robots are easier to program and that in the long run it’s easier to train someone to operate the robot than teaching somebody to weld.  Now, however, a team of students at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands has taken another approach – they’ve created the world’s first stainless steel bike made via a welding-based 3D-printing technique.The students want to demonstrate the potential of the robot welding technology. See video

Why to invest in robot welding automation?  

Robot welding automation is no longer just for large manufacturers; it also offers benefits for small enterprises. Robot welding is an automated process that improves productivity and weld consistency to lower costs for production, labour, materials and it also helps companies gain a competitive advantage over those businesses that have not made the transition to automated robotic welding.

The decision to adopt robotic welding automation is getting easier every day because the lack of skilled welders available to fulfill the requirements of large and small companies.  They can also gain greater flexibility through adding automation. Particularly SEMs are beginning to make the investment in this technology and realizing positive results.

Key Considerations

There are some key considerations to make before adding robot welding automation in your company. It is important to ensure that the parts to be welded are appropriate to an automated welding process, selecting the right system, physical space and training welding operators properly are just a few factors that can help companies gain the best in efficiency and maximise the return on investment.

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Benefits of robot welding automation

  1.  Robotic welding offers consistency and high repeatability of the welds produced. A robotic welder is more consistent and thorough and can move from one weld to the next quickly, speeding up the entire process.

  2. Significant improvements in productivity and finished part quality

  3. Lower production costs by reducing labour requirements. You can have a good welder supervising the work of several automated cells instead having to find and train a lot of welders for the job.

  4. Consistent cycle times, no break in production, and better weld allowing for less weld spattering and less post-weld clean-up

  5. Reduce the time and money spent on rework. Lower welding production costs by reducing waste materials.

  6. Robot based welding automation can tolerate much harsher work environments

Our expertise

Phoenix works with you to ensure that you get the best of your return on investment (ROI) on your robotic welding systems.

Contact Us for free consultation for the most convenience automation solution for your company.


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Why you should invest in robotics & robot automation?

Robot automation & Robotics equipment

Robot automation & robotics equipment are easier to calculate the Return on Investment (ROI)  than when you are investing in share or stocks market.  In fact, we can say that manufacturing is probably losing money if they don’t have robots in their automation process.

By 2019, more than 1.4 million new industrial robots will be installed in factories around the world. The strongest growth drivers for the robotics industry are found in China. So says the 2016 World Robotics Report, as published by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR).

The current global leader in industrial robot automation is South Korea (478 units), followed by Japan (314 units), Germany (292 units) and USA (164 units).  See more Survey: 1.3 million industrial robots to enter service by 2018

Lower levels of robot automation investment among small and medium enterprises (SMEs) may be due to the concerns over the costs, although the falling cost of robotics technology may make automation more accessible to small and medium companies.

In which areas your business has the greatest opportunity for future investment in Industrial Robots & robotics equipment?

Manufacturing parts see an opportunity for automation, many others areas such as assembly, packing, machine loading and palletisation are also increasing. Therefore, these and others applications are increasing each year.  Companies may have the opportunity to invest where there is greater potential to increase productivity.

Why more and more companies are investing in robots?  Big enterprises as Google Inc. has been acquiring multiple robotics companies for over two years, but Google is primarily an online adverting company that trades. Others big enterprises as Apple Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. are interesting, but not pure investment plays in robot automation.

Companies would like to have more information from suppliers about how automation will improve their business before their invest in robot automation or any robot equipment, Phoenix would provide you the most recent information to help you to take this very important decision.

Where does automation have the biggest impact?

Sectors indicating the highest levels of robot automation are heavy industry, medical devices and building products. Our economic also highlighted different between UK manufacturing sub-sectors.

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What areas will impact on investing in robot automation or robotics equipment?

There are a numbers of areas that will increase when investing in robot or robotics equipment, some of them are:

  1. Productivity and quality of the products
  2. Consistency with minimum or none errors
  3. Better cycle time of manufactured the products
  4. The number of health and safety issues
  5. Increased waste created by the operation of the business

Our economic suggests increased in automation would not only have a positive impact, but would also safeguard manufacturing jobs in the future and it would also benefit in creating new jobs opportunity in others related industries. People perception is that increasing automation has a negative effect in manufacturing workforce.

See more interesting data and graph: Survey from Barclays “Future-proofing UK Markets” 


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Robotic Systems main components

It’s time to buy a robot? There are three main robotic systems components to consider when you decide to buy an industrial robot. As the digital economy continues most businesses realize they need to keep their company agile and flexible. Adding robotic systems is a great way to accomplish this, as it’s fairly simple to change the robot’s settings to do what you need it to do and remember that you want to overestimate your needs to allow for future expansion and changes in production. See also robotic welding.

Robotic systems main components

Controller

Every robot has a computer, which keeps the pieces of the arm working together. This computer is known as the controller. The controller functions as the “brain” of the robot and the controller also allows the robot to work together with other machines, processes, or robots.

Robots have controllers that are run by programs. However, the robot program is a set of code’s instructions. Today, people program the robots and they do only what they are asking to do at the time and nothing else. In the future, controllers with artificial intelligence could allow robots to think on their own, even program themselves. This could make robots more self-reliant and independent.

Manipulator Arm

Many robots resemble human arms, and have shoulders, elbows, wrists, even fingers. This gives a robot lots of options for moving, and helps it do things in place of a human arm.

In order to reach any possible point in space within its work envelope, a robot needs a total of 6 degrees of freedom. Each direction a joint can go gives an arm 1 degree. As a result, many robots of today move in at least 6 ways.

Teach Pendant

Teach pendants are typically handheld devices to program the robot step by step. All robots manufacturing have their own teach pendants models.

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