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Carbures invited to a panel of Industry 4.0 and Collaborative Robots

Carbures invited to a panel of Industry 4.0 and Collaborative Robots

This week a conference was held in Madrid organized by IKN Spain on "Intelligent and Hyperconnected Manufacturing - Industry 4.0". At that event, Carbures was invited to participate in a specific panel of experts on collaborative robots. Rafael Repiso, our SAP Implementation Manager and IT Manager, was in charge of sharing our experience in this technological area and to reflect on the discussion with Alexandre Biau, Director of the Danone Plant in Tres Cantos (Madrid), considered one of the most efficient plants in Europe, and Antonio Vizán, Director of the Mechanical Engineering Department of ETSII-UPM.

Collaborative robots are a new generation of robots that integrate with humans in manufacturing environments, allowing them to work closely with no security constraints required in typical industrial robotics applications.

Among its advantages are the following: Lightness (you can move and relocate the robot inside the plant depending on the productive needs), flexibility (they can be reconfigured to operate at different points in a production line-bottlenecks) and ease of installation (they do not require specialized technicians for their assembly and start-up). Their small size allows them to interact with humans in a shared workspace (without the need to install security measures).

At Carbures, we are working on this line, from our Machinery area, within the Carbures Mobility unit, with the integration of a robotic cell in a linear production of power steering systems, and of which we informed a few weeks ago. Technology and products that have already been sold to top tier suppliers in both the United States and Japan.

In addition to having achieved this production milestone from the Mobility unit, the implementation of this technology in our own factories will be done by Carbures Aerospace & Defense. The project consists of the development and implementation of a collaborative verification process with a humanoid robotic unit (Robot Hiro) for the measurement of thicknesses of aeronautical parts. The objective is to optimize the repetitive tasks existing in the verification processes, within the Quality Department. At the moment, "Hiro" is being adapted by our R & D engineers in Systems, for its next implantation in the factories of Carbures. Our position as leaders in technology and new materials, makes us work at the forefront of the trends of applied high knowledge in the industrial area.

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