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Robotic automation: the future of industry through robots

Roboticom has always been a pioneer in the field of robotic automation, providing reliable and innovative solutions to many industrial worlds with which it interfaces. The company now has more than 300 installations worldwide. This is what has happened so far, but the potential development of robotic automation in industry is enormous and opens up very promising scenarios: completely new geographical and application markets are opening up to robotic automation and are looking for partners who, like Roboticom, are able to provide cutting-edge solutions and inject value into their production cycles.

Even where automation seemed to be an impossible, inaccessible tool, today, thanks also to the contribution in terms of training and consultancy of the companies active in this sector, many prejudices that saw robotics as unsuitable for manufacturing production due to the costly investments required and the rigidity of the available solutions, have been overcome. Today, robots are used in a variety of production processes where products and processes are changed very frequently: the important commitment in Research & Development activities of these years has, in fact, generated a versatile and easy-to-use robotics for an investment that is quickly repaid by the increase in productivity and competitiveness.

The robotics sector is experiencing great development and companies, in order to compete in their markets, must keep up, updating and modernizing their production cycles. According to some recent studies in the sector, three million robots operate in the world today.

Certainly a strong push has been provided by the increasing digitization of industries that are becoming highly interconnected and automated production environments: Industry 4.0 has greatly spread the use of industrial robotic automation systems, even in smaller companies. Robots fit perfectly into environments like these ones, communicating with other production equipment in the plant. The government incentives activated by many industrialized countries, act as a driving force by proposing tax breaks and financing for the purchase of production equipment that helps industries automate their processes. These economic policies aim to make the benefits of robotic automation available to new worlds of application.

On the other hand, in many countries, governments deploy the opposite forces: they discourage those companies that still carry out work through manual operations that can instead be automated. It is necessary for entrepreneurs to go beyond some toughts that look at robotic automation as an unsustainable and not very useful investment in production realities that change products frequently. Robotic automation can, in fact, help these companies to significantly improve their productivity and the efficiency of their production cycles by drastically reducing costs and time-to-market. Even where robotic automation might have seemed inapplicable, today, thanks to the contribution of Roboticom, in particular with SandRob, companies have highly efficient solutions for their productions. Robotics can also be used in highly flexible productions where the products are highly variable. From the origins in which robotics was used in the industry for transport and handling, a long way has been covered and today the most interesting and stimulating applications are those further down the production chain: finishing operations, that is.

Even sectors that have a handicraft DNA have recently started industrialization plans that bring robotic automation to processes that until yesterday were the exclusive prerogative of manual craftsmanship. The furniture industry, for example, is one of those sectors in which SandRob is making space, gaining great acclaim: SandRob brings its technological contribution in finishing operations such as sanding, polishing and others. The flexibility of a robotic system such as SandRob allows, in fact, to intervene and automate work on complex shapes that, precisely because of this feature, are usually entrusted to skilled labor: with the use of SandRob the staff can be trained to work on complex shapes.

While workers can be enhanced and redirected to less invasive and time-consuming functions.

SandRob enables repeatable and consistent results in the most delicate and labor-intensive finishing operations. Roboticom opens the doors of industrial robotics to those companies that decide to rely on SandRob, informing them of the advantageous implications that SandRob can put at their disposal in terms of productivity and efficiency.

The technology of Sandrob brings important advantages in surface finishing operations of complex shapes of different materials

  • The advanced compensation system guarantees excellent finishing quality and allows absolute control of the force applied and perfect adherence to the workpiece.
  • The high usability and intuitiveness of the software to overcome the complexity of programming. Developed in- house, ARPP integrates in a single Suite all the functionalities necessary for the offline programming of the robot: starting from the 3D file import, to the automatic generation of the tool paths, to the faithful three-dimensional graphic simulation of the robot movements, up to the management of the tool change and the abrasive dedicated store. The synergy between the robot and the control software guarantees speed, accuracy and perfect reproducibility of the execution as well as versatility and productivity.
  • The End-Effector and accessories: Roboticom invests heavily in research and development of components that help to optimize the processing carried out by SandRob. The automatic tool change allows to increase the speed in the transitions from one machining to another. Solutions such as fully automatic paper change further facilitate this transition.
  • The ability to fully automate production with the use of a loading line: To minimize the operations and the presence of the operator, Roboticom provides a system of automatic loading of parts using conveyor belts. This allows the SandRob to work 24 hours a day in the absence of personnel, automatically finishing of the piece.

SandRob is the proof that industrial robotic automation is an increasingly indispensable tool for those companies that want to bring their business success in the new economy of Industry 4.0.

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