Flexible Automation

Flexible Automation is one of the fastest growing areas of Factory Automation.

What is Flexible Automation? Flexible Automation is a concept that allows a robotic cell to be retasked quickly and easily allowing for multiple automation processes while requiring minimal change over.  The main challenge has been dealing with parts that are difficult to feed and those with high mix / low volume.  Traditionally, for many of these applications, automation has been cost prohibitive. 

Investing in automation with Redeployable Assets now makes these applications feasible. Grouping key components together typically proves for a very fast return on investment.  Risk is reduced as these components can be deployed to other automation tasks with minimal effort. 

Flexible Automation Process

Feeder

The feeder separates, disperses, and sometimes orients the parts.

Vision

The Vision System identifies targets on the feeder and passes the coordinates (x, y, and theta) to the robot.

Robot

The robot receives the coordinates from the vision system and picks the part.

Rinse & Repeat

Once the cycle is complete the process repeats. No jamming and no dedicated tooling.

Benefits

Your challenging automation applications are possible!

Return on Investment (ROI)

Most cells can be deployed quickly increasing the rate on ROI.

Redeployable Assets

Key components can be used in other applications should anything in your process change.

Multiple Parts or Processes

Use the same flex cell for multiple parts and or processes with minimal if any tooling changes.

Our Flexible Automation Partners

                 

Robots

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Mecademic

Industrial robotics in the palm of your hand. The Meca500 is the world’s smallest, most compact and most precise six-axis industrial robot arm. Unlike the typical industrial robot, which is a complex, stand-alone system that is to be programmed via proprietary programming language and interface, the Meca500 is controlled as an automation component, much like a smart electric gripper.

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Yaskawa Motoman

Yaskawa is a leader in industrial and collaborative robotics.  Unlike traditional more complex robot execution, which requires significant upfront investment in training, Smart Series technology provides simple, intuitive robot programming and operation methods for your workforce. Easily adaptable to changing manufacturing requirements, this suite of products can readily be deployed and redeployed for its next job.

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Precise Automation

Traditional robots require safety barriers that are expensive, use extra bench/floor space, and block access to the workcell. Collaborative robots can be safely used without safety barriers. This approach reduces workcell cost and size, and allows users to safely access equipment without stopping or slowing down production. Similarly, collaborative robots significantly reduce damage to other equipment when accidental collisions occur.

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Nachi Robotics

Nachi Robotic Systems, Inc. North American headquarters is in Novi, MI. NRS supplies a wide range of robots and successful turnkey solutions for many applications, including: spot welding, arc welding, sealing, collaborative, material handling, machine tending, material removal, foundry, forging, packaging/palletizing and assembly.

Feeders

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Asyril - Asycube

Asyril develops, produces and markets high performance flexible feeding systems for parts and components from 0.1 up to 150 mm in size. Our unique patented 3-axis vibration technology and intelligent vision system are easy to integrate and allow for optimized speed, accuracy and flexibility.

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Flexibowl

FlexiBowl® is an innovative device to feed bulk components.  It does not work with vibration, but through the combined actuation of servomotor and impulse generator. Once bulk components lie on feeder surface with the right orientation, the vision system can locate them and send coordinates to the robot for pick up.  FlexiBowl® is capable of feeding entire families of parts and does not require any retooling cost for product changeovers: product changes can be made in a matter of seconds without any trouble.

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Graco

Experience seamless part change-overs with a simple, streamlined set-up. Easily process a wide range of part sizes and shapes, including dirty or oily parts, as G-Flex provides a high tolerance for process contamination.

Vision Systems

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Sensopart - Visor

SensoPart covers a wide range of industrial image processing with its portfolio of vision solutions – from VISOR® plug & Play solutions for standard applications to the freely configurable Eyesight vision system for particularly complex automation tasks.

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OnRobot - Eyes

The OnRobot Eyes makes it easy and affordable to deploy vision for almost any collaborative application. Eyes is ideal for sorting a variety of objects, CNC machine tending with metal parts that are defined by outer shape, and many other pick-and-place applications where orientation is important. 

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Asyril - SmartSight

SmartSight describes Asyril’s intelligent optical part detection and image processing system, ensuring straightforward integration of any Asycube vibrating platform with any industrial robot brand.

End of Arm Tooling (EOAT)

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OnRobot

OnRobot products open new possibilities for automating tasks that you never thought possible. Our cutting edge gripping and sensing systems for industrial automation let you easily design truly collaborative applications that enable your workforce to work side-by-side with collaborative robots on assembly, surface finishing, pick and place, machine tending or testing.

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Schunk

We do not just meet today's expectations with regard to maximum precision, productivity and investment protection, but also already meet future demands of gripping system solutions in service robotics, and human-robot collaboration. Our 4,000 standard components and more than 12,000 implemented gripping system solutions speak for themselves. SCHUNK. The world's number 1 when it comes to gripping systems!

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Coval

Coval's vision as vacuum managers is to be the world's leading solution provider of vacuum automation technology.  Through innovative company culture, service excellence and knowledge sharing we aim to be a driving force behind our clients' business performance worldwide.  Being a vacuum manager means going beyond the role of the traditional component supplier.  The idea is to be a consultant, a solution provider and a business partner who can resolve our clients' day-to-day problems and, through sincere commitment, improve the efficiency and productivity of your installations.

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BlueBay Custom EOAT

Sometimes out of the box solutions just don't fit all applications.  BlueBay can help you design and produce custom end of arm tooling solutions.  Our engineers will work with you to deliver EOAT that is right for you application at an affordable price.