TQC have produced a number of sophisticated robot systems for several demanding applications. The projects have ranged from the use of proprietary robot units to the development of large, complex bespoke systems. Typical applications are using robots for flexible, reconfigurable and multi-variant systems engaged in automated assembly, automated testing, machine tending, press tending and parts transfer.
There are generally 5 categories of robot system; these can be defined as multi-axis robots (6 or 7 axis), SCARA robots, Delta or picker robots, Cartesian gantry style units and sophisticated Pick and Place units. Robots can either handle production parts between sequential operations or for increased throughput can pick and place parts between technology modules such as parts feeders, markers, vision inspection, laser welding, adhesive or sealant dispensing etc.
TQC have provided multi-robot production lines and single robot workstations in different applications, ranging from automotive parts manufacture and modification, transfer of green state ceramic components, medical device production and test, to high precision automation at high speeds.
The system generally includes the robot mounted onto a frame and within a guard, an end effector, gripper or application head and its associated parts feeding systems. The system could also involve fixtures, jigs, small parts feeding, tray feeders, liquid (sealant or glue) dispensing, sophisticated vision, conveyors, boxes or cartons and bagging machines. Some systems also involve collaborative robots. This relatively new area of robotics combines either multiple robots working together or robots and operators working in close proximity with each other safely. TQC has experience in all of the areas mentioned above.
The business cases that are addressed by installing a robot solution into your production facility are that robots allow high speed, consistent, flexible and configurable solutions for many assembly and handling operations.
A robot is a flexible solution that can replace manual labour and so allow production running costs to be reduced. “Lights Out” facilities are possible where no human interaction is required. Further benefits are that operations can be quality assured and checked automatically this being pertinent to many production environments including the pharma and medical sectors, the automotive sectors and aerospace and defence industries.