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Increased output and OEE > 90%

ATS is at the forefront of improving productivity and making efficiency savings for the medical device industry.

This was demonstrated by the recent design and installation of a new machine which significantly increased productivity for ATS’s customer while also automating an existing manual process. To do this we were first user in the UK or Ireland of a new transport platform – SuperTrak.

SuperTrak, is from leading equipment manufacturer B&R.

Garreth Finlay, Sales Director at ATS, said: “The machine was to replace a 24/7 manual process with a fully automated process. In addition, the specification required the output to increase from 45 parts per minute to 75 parts per minute.

“We explored multiple solutions including fixed transport systems and modular linear systems. The chosen solution, however, was a track system built using the SuperTrak platform.”

The end result exceeded the client’s requirements and achieved an Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) in excess of 90 percent at FAT (Factory Acceptance Test).

Innovations Day

ATS presented the successful implementation of the SuperTrak solution at the B&R Innovations Day which took place at the Williams F1 Conference Centre in Oxfordshire and was attended by around 150 professionals in the machine building industry.

If you would like to know more about this solution and how it could potentially improve your company’s productivity, please contact us.

ABB announce new generation of industrial robots

Swiss based robotic manufacturer and ATS supplier, ABB is to launch a new generation of industrial robots designed to provide users with more flexibility and a better return on investment.

The new machines, due to be released before 2021, will replace most of ABB’s existing portfolio, and will double the size of the company’s range.  At the recent Automatica exhibition in Germany, ABB announced the new portfolio as well as several other developments, including:

  • a new generation of robot controllers with footprints 50% smaller than existing models;
  • the world’s first common interface for collaborative robots, developed jointly with Kawasaki;
  • a condition monitoring and diagnostics application that uses machine learning to detect behavioural anomalies in robots and offers guidance on predictive maintenance and optimisation;
  • the world’s first digitally connected paint atomiser that will allow car-makers to optimise robotic painting in real time, while reducing waste by 75% and compressed air consumption by 25%;
  • a single-arm version of its YuMi two-armed collaborative robot (cobot); and
  • its SafeMove 2 software which, it claims, can turn any robot into a cobot.

Industrial robot sales up 29 %

Global sales of industrial robots reach new record high.

Initial findings of the World Robotics Report 2018, published by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), show global sales of industrial robots reached the new record of 380,550 units in 2017.

That is an increase of 29 percent compared to the previous year. China saw the largest growth in demand for industrial robots, up 58 percent. Sales in the USA increased by 6 percent and in Germany by 8 percent compared to the previous year.

Broken down by industry, the automotive industry continues to lead global demand for industrial robots: In 2017, around 125,200 units were sold in this segment – equivalent to growth of 21 percent. The strongest growth sectors in 2017 were the metal industry (+54 percent), the electrical/electronics industry (+27 percent) and the food industry (+19 percent).

In the course of digitalisation, real production is becoming increasingly connected with the virtual data world, opening up completely new possibilities for analysis – right through to machine learning. Robots will acquire new skills through learning processes. At the same time, the industry is working to simplify the handling of robots. In the future industrial robots should be easier and faster to program using intuitive procedures. Such a technology is not only attractive to established users, but also to small and medium-sized companies, for example, companies who can use it to introduce automation without the need for highly experienced or expert personnel. This development also paves the way for the third major robotics trend: collaboration between humans and robots without protective barriers offers new approaches to new flexible production processes. In the future human-robot collaboration will support the flexible production of small quantities with high complexity.

Launch of Atlantic MedTech Cluster

ATS is one of eight indigenous MedTech specialist companies that have formed an innovative business cluster to promote Ireland as a global centre of excellence for the industry.

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