Has Ford Developed The Most Flexible Sheet Metal Forming Process?

Just when you thought that sheet metal forming technology couldn’t progress much further Ford Motor Company has managed to almost re-invent the wheel. The machine shown in their video below is called ‘Ford Freeform Fabrication Technology’ (F3T) and is a cross between a sheet metal press tool and a 3D printer. The machine uses a pair of opposed delta robots where the upper robot …

Six Axis Robot For Multi-Stage Grinding And Polishing

Investment in automation is key for any situation where repetitive tasks are performed. Using a multi-axis axis robot as part of the automation can eliminate the need for a manual operation whilst maintaining process flexibility. This video shows how two KUKA six-axis robots were utilised by Aesculaps to perform several different grinding and polishing operations on medical implants. Using a robot ensured reliability …

Robots For Short Stacks…Of Pancakes

No, robots haven’t got a taste for a short stack but ABB and RG Luma have developed a system to handle pancakes at Honeytop Speciality Foods. The system uses four of ABB’s Flexpicker delta robots and can stack 400 pancakes per minute. The system has been programmed to recognise and track the position of the pancakes on the conveyor using …

A Robot That Can Safely Work Alongside Humans

In a typical manufacturing plant with automation, significant integrated safety systems are required around equipment such as robots. The need for separation means floor space is consumed with cells required to keep robots and other automated equipment from harming humans. In their video below, KUKA Systems demonstrate a robot that can work alongside a human without the need for the …

ABB Robotics Fanta Can Challenge

Here is a bit of fun for the weekend. ABB Robotics show the accuracy and speed of the motion control in their robots in what the call ‘The Fanta Can Challenge – Level II’. I cannot describe what is happening here in words so you will have watch the video.