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Flexxbotics allows connectivity with FOBA Laser Marking + Engraving gear

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Flexxbotics and FOBA partnership.

Flexxbotics’ system is now appropriate with FOBA Laser Marking + Engraving gear. | Supply: Flexxbotics

Flexxbotics has introduced that its robotic expertise is now appropriate with FOBA Laser Marking + Engraving merchandise for machine tending. This contains communication with FOBA’s built-in digital camera system for vision-based inspections. 

With Flexxbotics’ robot-driven operation of FOBA gear, clients can obtain steady operation, larger throughput, and better yields, asserted the firm. As well as, the mixing gives closed-loop suggestions to the robotic for autonomous course of management, it stated. 

“Combining FOBA with Flexxbotics is especially precious in industries with strict regulatory compliance necessities that dictate the best ranges of repeatable precision, resembling medical gadgets and surgical merchandise, together with aerospace, protection, and area,” stated Tyler Bouchard, co-founder and CEO of Flexxbotics, in a launch.

“Environments that require fast and correct processing like semiconductor and electronics operations additionally profit considerably,” he stated. “With Flexxbotics and FOBA collectively, clients can optimize cycle time, develop capability, and improve revenue per half.”

Compatibility guarantees extra flexibility, sooner deployments

FOBA Laser Marking + Engraving, a model of ALLTEC Angewandte Laserlicht Technologie GmbH, offers laser marking methods and laser engraving machines. Its choices embody fiber laser markers and UV laser markers, ultrashort pulse laser markers, CO2 laser markers, and inexperienced laser markers for a spread of purposes and industries. 

Flexxbotics stated its patent-pending FlexxCORE expertise allows robots to securely join and talk with FOBA laser marking and engraving gear. This compatibility contains the FOBA MarkUS management, its digital I/Os, PROFINET, Profibus/TCP/IP, and EtherCAT. 

FlexxCORE can coordinate robotic actions with FOBA’s three-stage marking course of. This contains half inspection earlier than marking, automated mark alignment, and subsequent validation of the marking, famous the Boston-based firm

The system makes use of both the Clever Mark Positioning (IMP) or Level & Shoot (P&S) capabilities within the FOBA gear for exact alignment of the laser marker on the client’s product. It additionally permits for vision-assisted workflows if wanted for accuracy, stated Flexxbotics.

“Connecting robotic machine tending with our FOBA laser-marking answer utilizing Flexxbotics offers a good larger return on funding,” said Jeffrey A. Kniptash, FOBA’s gross sales supervisor for Americas. “Enabling Flexxbotics robot-driven manufacturing with our FOBA laser marking and engraving gear to allow autonomous course of management can take away bottlenecks and ship steady operation.”

Flexxbotics goals for robot-driven manufacturing at scale

Flexxbotics claimed that its “workcell digitization expertise is the spine of the good manufacturing facility,” and key to attaining robot-driven manufacturing at scale. It stated its software-as-a-service (SaaS)/hybrid structure runs each on-line and offline, so manufacturing can proceed with or with out Web entry.

FlexxCORE additionally works with current automation gear, IT methods, and other people, stated the corporate. Final week, Flexxbotics introduced compatibility with Makino machine instruments. It beforehand famous that FlexxCORE works with HURCO CNC machines and automation, in addition to with Nakamura-Tome machine instruments.

A full set of bidirectional communication, remodel, and routing capabilities can be found in FlexxCORE for linked robots and FOBA gear. This contains loading packages, sending directions, updating parameters, and standing consciousness relying on the gear’s capabilities, stated Flexxbotics. It stated this enables the robots to command the good manufacturing facility equipment.

The corporate plans to display its applied sciences at ATX West from Feb. 6 to eight in Anaheim, Calif.

 

 

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