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Equipment related to the manufacture of products; and technology that offers a saving on human labour through automation. Includes cutting tools, grinding, forming and fabrication, moulding tools, finishing and pre-treatment, workholdings, robotics and positioning, and welding and joining.
CD Cartondruck, a manufacturer of packaging for cosmetics, relies on two Kuka KR 180 PA palletising robots for strenuous physical work.
London-based design consultancy Robofold is is using two ABB IRB 6400 industrial robots to help architects and designers to explore new ways of bending and forming metal, opening up new possibilities for architectural and furniture design.
Delcam is set to be part of a consortium of UK companies to be lead by GKN Aerospace in a three-and-a-half year, £13.4m research and development programme called Horizon (AM) that builds on GKN Aerospace’s extensive and fast-developing capability in additive manufacturing.
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This paper details a test bench design and the results obtained with CNES on two-piezo ceramics stacks from two distinct suppliers. Integration into dedicated cryo actuators is also proposed as well as the associated cryo performances. The use of such cryo-compatible actuators is detailed in a fine steering tip-tilt mechanism designed to reach very high resolution and stability for the ESA EChO space mission.
The Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC urges machine builders to undertake a thorough safety analysis of the systems that monitor and control the operation of their machines. While the ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ are well defined in the directive for many aspects of machine safety, guidelines for the provision of visual and audible warning indicators are more vague; there is ‘guidance’ but little in the way of ‘you must…’.
As global competition continues to increase, how can you meet ever-more stringent safety standards and still optimise productivity? As John Browett of CLPA explains, modern safety networks can hold the key.