The accuracy and reliability of the measurements UR cobots provide is designed to both enhance statistical process control and help improve customer relationships. Indian automotive component manufacturer Craft and Technik Industries (CATI) deployed cobots for inspection and CNC machine tending applications, increasing production and reducing customer rejections to zero along the way. “The time has come for SMEs to automate – robots are no longer the prerogative of large-scale industries only,” said CATI’s CEO, Prashant Shantaram Umbrani.
CATI has reduced rejected part numbers to zero thanks to a UR10 cobot
The improved metrology control and measurement consistency made possible by UR’s cobots can help you lower overall inspection costs while improving productivity. Japan’s KOYO ELECTRONICS increased productivity by 31 per cent following the introduction of a UR3 for touchscreen testing. “Not only has our company been able to improve productivity by allocating resources to another production process, but the experience from implementing this robot has built confidence and high hopes for future development,” explained Katsuhiko Nakatani, Deputy General Manager at Koyo Electronics’ Production Department.
A UR3 tests a touchscreen with a stylus, saving human workers from repetitive tasks and improving test quality at the same time.
Meanwhile, Ohio-based manufacturer thyssenkrupp Bilstein successfully deployed UR10s in an application inspecting automotive suspension parts. “When we did the gauge inspection before, we would check two parts every one or two hours to make sure we were still where we thought, but now we have 100 percent inspection,” said Doug McIe, Manufacturing Engineer at thyssenkrupp Bilstein. The cobot deployed in the final assembly is equipped with a vision camera and moves swiftly between inspection points to make sure that all components are in the right position and that the label is applied correctly and is readable. “Every single part that comes is checked and if it fails, the robot actually rejects it in the process,” explained McIe
A UR10 cobot dubbed ‘John Tyler’ – all of thyssenkrupp Bilstein’s cobots are named after former U.S. Presidents – performs inspection duties at thyssenkrupp Bilstein
New UR+ Application Kit for measurement inspection
UR cobots are proven technologies for quality inspection applications and success stories like these abound. With the launch of the new UR+ Application Kit platform, designed to help you streamline cobot deployments by providing proven software and hardware for the most popular cobot applications, we’ve made QC-related cobot deployments even easier with the addition of kits such as the Q-Span Workstation Kit. The Workstation is a flexible solution for QC measurement inspection developed by our partners at New Scale Robotics. The system’s measurement resolution of 2.5 µm (0.0001 inches) enables manufacturers to improve precision, consistency, yield and quality in small-part measurement.
Designed for use with UR3e cobots, the Q-Span Workstation Kit is able to automatically pick small parts, measure multiple features on each, and decide where to place the parts based on any measured dimension (for example pass, fail, or sort into bins by dimension ranges).
Whether you’re looking for a way to ensure business continuity or shifting production to new products with different inspection requirements, UR is ready help make your automated QC processes easier to deploy and more efficient than ever before.
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