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Automatica reveals comprehensive line-up

01 June 2010

Organisers of Automatica hope to promote the use of automation in industrial production with the show held in Germany, June 8 to 10. Next week, the New Munich Trade Fair Centre will host robotics solutions as well as technologies for assembly, handling and machine vision.

The exhibition hopes to highlight the advantages of robot technology, highlighting flexibility, reliability and its use in difficult working environments. In addition it will present technological innovations in areas such as robot safety, simpler programming and handling. Organisers argue that these attributes, along with decreasing prices, have made the use of robots more attractive. The exhibition is designed to provide an overview of the range of industrial robotic solutions on the market.

Mitsubishi Electric will premier its compact multifunctional robot Melfa RV-2SDB at Automatica. The machined boasts a 2 kg payload and cycle times up to 0.6 s. It has a multi-axis vertical articulated arm and is said to be achieving increases in production and assembly cell performance. In addition, a new system for flexible workpiece handling is being presented jointly with Robotics Technology Leaders GmbH. The robots will be able to make tools which do not have to be precisely aligned or positioned, according to manufacturer’s details, and without the aid of a visual system.

Furthermore there will be a live demonstration of the extension of the TwinCAT software by 6-D kinematics for cable robots.

The exhibition has also attracted a range of machine vision vendors. Organisers have pinpointed machine vision as a significant part of the industry. In addition to being a fixed component in many areas of quality assurance, it is also hugely important in automation. Through developments in software and data administration, machine vision is increasingly enabling the optimisation of production. A global system of components and systems has developed over the past few years. 2D systems and vision sensors are still dominant, but 3D applications are coming up fast.

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