Automation and Robotics Showcase – Inverness

December 2018

SP Technology is partnering with EQ Accountants to provide attendees with a showcase of what can be incorporated into your new automated system at the Robotics & Automation exhibition in Inverness on 6th & 7th February 2019 and give advice on how to finance automated systems.

 

The demo machine consists of traditional automation combined with some elements of Industry 4.0 including, an integrated collaborative robot (cobot), a Beckhoff eXtended Transport System (XTS) and machine monitoring. Displaying how systems can monitor the change in machine component power usage, vibration, and overall efficiency to ensure production targets are being met.

 

 

Having the ability to see and monitor particular parts of machines, allows improvement to be made by controlling preventative maintenance procedures. This is more than just stopping production every couple of months for a general health check, it is now having the ability to see your machine, its components and how they are performing in real time.

 

 

“Having the ability to see and monitor particular parts of your machines can allow you to improve your production by allowing you to control preventative maintenance procedures.”

This is more than just stopping production every couple of months for a general health check, it is now having the ability to see your machine, its components and how they are performing in real time. Monitoring servo drives and index systems etc. to identify if there is a particular one causing an issue, allowing you to truly predict mean time between failures (MTBF).

Real-Time Machine Monitoring

 

As an example, one particular customer in high volume manufacturing was able to reduce their PM by around 25% by monitoring their machines in this way. Looking at live data and changes in the system allowed them to schedule maintenance in when it was required.

 

Collaborative Robots

As part of our demo machine, SP Technology has also integrated a collaborative robot to show these relatively newcomers to the market are not just for working next to humans, they can also be fully integrated to machines.

This will demonstrate how cobots (Collaborative Robots) can function as normal when guarded but also how they can also still interact with humans in a safe manner when outside of any guarding.

 

Although the machine on show is purely a demo piece of kit, it will provide you with an insight into how SP Technology builds machines, and just as important, how this will operate on your shop floor. From fully self-diagnosing machine faults to simple work instruction on the HMI, we hope to open everyone’s eyes to Industry 4.0.

 

Partnering with EQ Accountants – How to Finance Automated Systems

Partnering with our accountants, EQ, we will be delivering a presentation on the productivity gains and help available to finance any capital expenditure and how to finance automated systems. Having been dedicated to the automation and robotics industry for over 30 years with SP Technology, Roy Henderson has been involved in helping hundreds of companies embrace automation, tailored exactly to their individual process. He has witnessed first-hand many advances in areas such as robotics/cobots, connectivity, IOT and the ever popular phrase ‘Industry 4.0’ but how do these fit into the real world? Using some customer case studies, Roy will talk through the journey of automating production with tips on how to engage the automation process. Additionally, he will briefly go over some financial aspects to consider on the financial side of capital equipment including ROI, how to ensure productivity and efficiency gains and how to finance automated systems.

 

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