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Industry 4.0 by Robotas

What is Industry 4.0 in real terms?

Over the past 12 months I have read a great many articles about industry 4.0 and the Internet Of Things(IOT). There are some fantastic developments being made and the technology is moving forward rapidly. Including the release of the new IPC specification for machine communication which I hope will be adopted by most manufacturers.

I know the ultimate nirvana state that we are aiming for is the ”Smart Factory” with only the minimum number of personnel or none at all?
I can’t help but wonder what considerations are being made for the people to be included in to the stages before we reach Nirvana.
I want to take a step back and re-look at the issues in the short to midterm on how we make Industry 4.0 work for operators in production.

Let’s look at a simplified diagram.

Industry 4.0 by Robotas

Each node has a function process management, product information, machine control, planning etc.

Centrally there is an over-arching intelligent system that is advising/managing the factory. The key to the successful implementation is the communication between the node and central system. The little line marked with red arrow.

The whole concept is essentially a “FEEDBACK LOOP” all be it a very complicated one.

Communication between machines and software work fantastically well. As long as the communication protocol has been resolved…

Industry 4.0 by Robotas

In reality people are a Node in the system.
They will be for the foreseeable future.
The communication between Nodes doesn’t work so well when people are involved.

Robotas Industry 4.0

As there are variation in the constancy and quality of information that comes back from the human node to the system. We are just not as good as a machine in communicating our actions. In essence any manual process becomes a black box and you have to spend a lot of time and effort to try and understand what is going on inside the box. 

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This makes the free-flowing nature of communication between the human node and the AI very difficult to achieve in which in turn causes the feedback loop to breakdown or become out of sync.

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In the real world the Industry 4.0 concept doesn’t work in the way it should because people are unavoidably involved in the process. The communication can break down and we have the black box scenario. Input and an output but no idea if the process is running smoothly.

What do operators really need to work within an Industry 4.0 environment?

Robotas at Apex 2020

Apex 2020

Robotas Technologies Ltd, a pioneer of hand assembly automation systems, is pleased to announce plans to exhibit in Booth #1316 at the 2020 IPC APEX EXPO, scheduled to take place Feb. 4-6, 2020 at the San Diego Convention Center in California.

Mascot Clinch Offer

Robotas are offering 10% of any systems ordered before 31st March 2020.

Robotas Show Offer at Apex 2020

Terms and Conditions apply.

Do you have problems with the hand assembled content of your production?

Do you use ‘Contact Systems CS-400’ machines for your THT PCB assembly that are failing you and you can’t get support any more?

Robotas Technologies offers a swap-out replacement system called Mascot Clinch that uses state-of-the-art technology and software that runs on the Windows 10 software platform.

With the Mascot Clinch system, once the component has been placed, an automated mechanism under the PCB will then clinch the component legs in any 360-degree direction. The finished lead profile can be set to either 45 degrees or flat to the board.

Mascot systems provide the operator with on screen work instructions and deliver the correct component to the operator at the correct time via intelligent motorized carousels or pick-to-light indication on storage arrays.

Three key Mascot features help to eliminate errors and drive productivity:

Computerized step-by-step work instructions are displayed to the operator.

Motorized carousels automatically present the correct component.

A laser highlights the exact location on the board.

Mascot offers an assured process that makes PCB hand assembly fast, consistent and easy. Mascot also provides images of components, parts or subassemblies for improved process clarity, as well as videos to walk the operator through assembly procedures. Each Mascot station can accommodate up to 370 different components – enough capacity for the largest of boards, or for several different boards with no set up or changeover delays.

To learn more, come and see the Robotas’ Mascot Clinch system in action during the IPC APEX EXPO

Mascot Clinch

Mascot Clinch – Apex 2020

Do you have problems with the hand assembled content of your production?

Do you use ‘Contact Systems CS-400’ machines for your THT PCB assembly that are failing you and you can’t get support any more?

Robotas Technologies offers a swap-out replacement system called Mascot Clinch that uses state-of-the-art technology and software that runs on the Windows 10 software platform.

With the Mascot Clinch system, once the component has been placed, an automated mechanism under the PCB will then clinch the component legs in any 360-degree direction. The finished lead profile can be set to either 45 degrees or flat to the board.

Mascot systems provide the operator with on screen work instructions and deliver the correct component to the operator at the correct time via intelligent motorized carousels or pick-to-light indication on storage arrays.

Three key Mascot features help to eliminate errors and drive productivity:

Computerized step-by-step work instructions are displayed to the operator.

Motorized carousels automatically present the correct component.

A laser highlights the exact location on the board.

Mascot offers an assured process that makes PCB hand assembly fast, consistent and easy. Mascot also provides images of components, parts or subassemblies for improved process clarity, as well as videos to walk the operator through assembly procedures. Each Mascot station can accommodate up to 370 different components – enough capacity for the largest of boards, or for several different boards with no set up or changeover delays.

To learn more, contact Robotas.

Mascot Clinch

Mascot Clinch System for THT Production

Robotas Technologies are proud to announce the launch of their brand new Mascot Clinch System at the IPC Apex Expo 2019 in San Diego, Jan 29-31. This new system is in addition to the tried and trusted Mascot family of products that are used specifically for THT production. All Mascot systems provide the operator with on screen work instructions and, via intelligent motorised carousels and pick to light indication, deliver the correct component to the operator at the correct time, whilst an eye safe laser is indicating directly onto the PCB where the component should be placed. Correct orientation is also indicated on screen and via the laser, so the correct component polarity requirements are maintained. Mascot Clinch goes one step further – once the component has been placed an automated mechanism under the PCB will then Clinch the component legs in either north, east, south or west directions. The finished lead profile can be set to either 45 degrees or flat to the board.

The brand new Mascot Clinch system will be on our booth #1610 where our team will be very happy to provide demonstrations and further system details, as well as details of all Robotas products. The system will then be at our demonstration facility in Tampa from end February 2019.

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Robotas Technologies Becomes SMTA Corporate Member

We are very pleased to announce that Robotas Technologies are now Corporate Members of the Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA). The SMTA is an organisation for electronics engineering and manufacturing professionals seeking to improve processes through best practices and real world solutions.

The Surface Mount Technology Association (SMTA) is an international network of professionals who build skills, share practical experience and develop solutions in electronic assembly technologies, including microsystems, emerging technologies, and related business operations.

We are very happy to be a part of the SMTA as working together with them we can help to provide solutions to the industry of how best to optimise the electronics and electro-mechanical hand assembly process.

Robotas at Apex 2020

APEX February 2020

Robotas are exhibiting at APEX in San Diego on the 4th – 6th February 2020.

Find us at Booth 1610

Product Launch: Mascot Clinch

Robotas Technologies, a family owned business leading the way in optimising manual assembly, are innovating again by releasing the world’s only Windows 10 based THT Assembly system with component Clinch built in.

Mascot Standalone Clinch

The Mascot Clinch system has an intuitive software platform that enables you to import your existing CAD and BOM files to create your assembly programs in just a few clicks of the mouse. Add to this your choice of Clinch profiles and you are good to go. If you have Contacts CS-400 systems or similar that are ageing and hard to support, then the Mascot Clinch system is a direct replacement. You can even use your existing Contacts system trays. Robotas will provide ongoing technical support with affordable warranty options and a complete spares catalogue available.

We at Robotas believe that any system transition should be as simple as possible for the customer, which is why for the last 35 years we have been supporting our customers around the globe every step of the way.

In summary here are 5 reasons why Mascot Clinch is the right choice:

  • Mascot Clinch is currently the only new system in the world available as a functional supported Clinch replacement.
  • Full 360 degree Clinch direction functionality.
  • Windows 10 compliant software for security and stability.
  • Simple intuitive programming.
  • Mascot provides Industry 4.0 traceability.

Mascot Clinch Offer
Robotas are offering 10% of any systems ordered before 31st March 2020.

Robotas Show Offer at Apex 2020

Terms and Conditions apply.

Please visit the APEX EXPO website for further information:

APEX EXPO 2020 Website

Apex Expo 2019
San Diego Convention Center
111 W Harbor Dr
San Diego
CA
92101