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NEWS TRAINING DATES MAXIMISING COBOT UTILISATION IMPROVES TCO


With the phased easing of the current lockdown restrictions, together with the opening of their brand new academy training headquarters, Thorite has announced the restart of their Foundation in Pneumatics Academy Training Courses, commencing in late June 2021. The dates for this years’ 2-day Foundation in Pneumatics courses are:


• Tuesday 29 & Wednesday 30 June 2021


• Tuesday 14 & Wednesday 15 September 2021


• Tuesday 16 & Wednesday 17 November 2021


The training course is designed as a general introduction to pneumatics and aims to familiarise delegates with the design, construction, and operation of pneumatic components.


A complete overview is provided, covering compressors, storage, dryers, and distribution as well as the design,


construction, and operation of actuators, valves, and air-line equipment. The relevant ISO symbols are introduced and included in the circuit diagrams. On completion of the course, participants will be able to: • Recognise the construction and application of actuators, valves, filters, regulators, lubricators, and associated pneumatic products. • Understand the units and measurements associated with compressed air systems. • Recognise pneumatic symbols drawn to the relevant standards (ISO 1219).


• Design and assemble simple applications.


• Tackle faulty circuits with confidence.


If for any reason, government guidance changes, Thorite will either transfer your booking or offer a full money-back guarantee on cancellations. T: 01274 657025.


E: training@thorite.co.uk O


MRON says it is the first automation provider to bring to market a fast redeployment


solution for machine tending collaborative robots. OMRON’s Mobile Cobot Workstation addresses the issue of under-utilisation that can render automation unviable for high product mix manufacturers and SMEs. By enabling cobots to be redeployed on different tasks with minimal reconfiguration, this agile automation solution accelerates return on investment (ROI). Many machine shops and


manufacturers still rely on workers to manually load and unload machines; it’s an area where automation has been slow to take off. In recent years, cobots have galvanised higher volume operations to improve productivity with safe machine tending, as they can work alongside people without fencing on a very small footprint. However, these units are usually dedicated to a single task, as redeploying them is time-consuming and complex. As a result, cobot investments tend to be cost- prohibitive for low and medium volume operations. “It is not uncommon for a cobot to be used for as little as 20% of the time, making it a costly


investment,” said Dan Rossek, regional marketing manager at OMRON UK. Recognising this limitation, OMRON’s engineers have developed a mobile cobot workstation that can


switch between multiple tasks with minimal reconfiguration. The user can simply move the cobot from station to station, plug-in and ‘play’. “This is exciting because if users can maximise cobot utilisation, they can vastly improve both total


cost of ownership (TCO) and overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). The bottom line is that instead of buying two or three cobots, they can buy one and redeploy it as needed,” said Rossek. Using an in-built camera, the intelligent Mobile Cobot Workstation reads the barcode or RFID tag that


identifies its workstation location. Thanks to OMRON’s fully-integrated landmark functionality, a sensor enables the cobot to self-position with sub-millimetre accuracy. The cobot then calls up the relevant recipe for the task at that station. Mobile machine tending without fencing is particularly relevant today, as it can give much-needed


flexibility to COVID-compliant factories, where workforce social distancing is required on cramped production lines. https://industrial.omron.eu/en/news-events/events/virtual-exhibition


SUPPORT FOR SCOTTISH MENTAL HEALTH CHARITY A


sset Guardian Solutions Limited (AGSL) is pleased to announce it has become an official corporate partner for the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH). The new partnership will see AGSL and SAMH work together to promote and raise awareness of the mental health cause, and the support


SAMH offers to individuals throughout Scotland. With 1 in 4 people experiencing mental health problems each year, SAMH is able to provide the care, help


and support to anyone experiencing poor mental health. The charity provides over 60 community support services throughout Scotland and delivers national programmes in suicide prevention, anti-stigma, anti- bullying and sport and physical activity. With AGSL becoming an official partner for SAMH, the company will help raise awareness of mental health


problems and assist in fundraising efforts throughout the year, encouraging employees to volunteer their time to help SAMH and offer any support to the charity where required. As part of the new partnership, SAMH will provide mental health training to all AGSL employees and


managers so that they can be there to support current and future employees and Solution Partners. Ewan McAllister, managing director of AGSL said: “We have been a supporter of SAMH for many years now


and feel that, during these unprecedented times it is more important than ever to engage and help provide any support possible. We are very excited to be receiving training for all our staff and their partners which will allow us to help SAMH by recognising and understanding issues early.” www.assetguardian.com


www.samh.org.uk


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6 APRIL 2021 | PROCESS & CONTROL


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