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We’re at Southern in February…

It’s less than three weeks to the Southern Manufacturing & Electronics exhibition 2015. ‘Southern’ is always the region’s first industry-wide event of the year, and we’ll be there alive and kicking on Stand J73, offering free on-site, no-obligation demonstrations to customers and prospects to take place after the show.

Understandably, our product focus for the event is the enhanced Sigma Workstation, complete with its striking new ergonomic workbench. It’s a superb design that seamlessly blends form and function – the ideal way to improve operator comfort and efficiency. And we all know that leads to greater build quality and productivity.

Equally exciting are some of the latest technology additions to Sigma. Key among these in our book is the Smart Tools concept. To show what we mean by this, the Sigma Station at Southern Manufacturing will be equipped with a torque screwdriver. Nothing unusual about that, you may think, until we reveal that the torque settings for the screwdriver are automatically uploaded to the tool for each step of the assembly process. This should make cross threads and loose screws things of the past.

Of course, Mascot will be on display too. The show model features new articulated arms. Be sure to come along and see how these dexterous additions help to improve handling and productivity.

Don’t forget, the show is three days long this year, from Tuesday 10th February to Thursday 12th February. We look forward to seeing you there and bringing you bang up to date with a raft of improvements and development to both Mascot and Sigma product lines.

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EVENT COMPLETED | Robotas to Exhibit at Southern Manufacturing 2015

While best known for its Mascot PCB workstations, Robotas Technologies Ltd is using Southern Manufacturing 2015 to demonstrate its growth and diversification into new hand assembly sectors. The company’s key exhibit will be its Sigma Hand Assembly workstation, now featuring new ergonomic production benches and intelligent parts handling resources. Sigma helps deliver a productive lean manufacturing process.

Based on the proven Robotas Mascot PCB hand assembly station, the Sigma platform has been designed to address complex mechanical hand assembly. Sigma shares some key characteristics of Mascot, such as flexibility to adapt to existing assembly practices that do not force new procedures on an established workflow. However, Sigma’s versatility offers productivity improvements across a broader range of industries and applications.

The enhanced Sigma Station includes a striking ergonomic production workbench to improve operator comfort and efficiency. The lean manufacturing principles that drove the design put everything immediately to hand for operators, with computerised step-by-step instructions alongside options like real-time indicators on intelligent tote bins and motorised carousels to present the correct parts and tools every time.

In addition, Sigma uses smart technology interfaces to drive productivity, for example full tooling integration. Robotas will demonstrate a direct link to a torque screwdriver, where torque settings are automatically uploaded for each part of the assembly process.

“The Robotas product range has moved on significantly in the past couple of years,” claims Product Specialist Martin Kenicer. “Visitors to Southern Manufacturing will be familiar with our acclaimed Mascot, but the enhanced Sigma Station opens up our quarter-century of lean hand assembly manufacturing expertise to many more industry segments – which is perfect for the exhibition’s wider engineering appeal.”

Robotas will be inviting visitors to take up an offer of no-obligation on-site demonstrations of both Sigma and Mascot during the next few months. “It’s the very best way to prove how these workstations can transform productivity in a user’s real environment,” claims Kenicer.

See the enhanced Robotas Sigma Workstation at Southern Manufacturing 2015 on Stand J73. The Southern Manufacturing exhibition takes place at FIVE, Farnborough from 10th to 12th February 2015.

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Multiple Mascots for China Trains

The world’s largest manufacturer of locomotives has placed an order on Robotas Technologies Ltd for a number of Mascot Standalone workstations. CSR (China South Locomotive Group) will use the Mascot systems to speed up the hand assembly of circuit boards used across its extensive range of locomotives and rolling stock products.

CSR placed the Mascot order in mid-December 2014, just days after one of its electric locomotives pulled its payload of carriages over the famous Quinhai-Tibet Pleateau, known internationally as ‘the Roof of the World’ route, travelling 1000km in less than 12 hours to set a new record.

“With CSR pointing to innovation at the heart of its business, it’s no surprise that the corporation is keen to adopt process improvement technologies Like Mascot,” claims Martin Kenicer, Robotas Product Specialist. “We’re confident that the new Mascot workstations will help CSR’s production operators keep up with the speed of its trains!”

The first of the Mascot Standalone workstations will be delivered to CSR this month.

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EVENT COMPLETED | We’re at the Advanced Engineering 2014 Show

Don’t forget to pop along to visit Robotas at the Advanced Engineering UK Show taking place right now at the NEC. You’ll find us on Stand E7 in the Aero Engineering section, showing off the next-generation configuration of our Sigma Workstation. Sigma is a technology platform expressly focused on the complex, safety-critical assemblies and procedures found in the aerospace sector.

While the very principle of Sigma is to adapt to any hand assembly process, our unique expertise allows Sigma to guide and semi-automate your hand assembly without altering the process or needing to fully re-train your operators.

Sigma is the perfect system to streamline productivity in aerospace manufacturing and a key element in a highly effective lean manufacturing philosophy.

Come and see Sigma in action on Stand E7 in Hall 5 at the NEC, on 11th and 12th November 2014.

See the Advanced Engineering UK show here

Robotas Technologies visit Enova in Paris 2014

Enova Paris Proves Worthy

Regular viewers of our news and blog feeds will know that we attended the Enova 2014 Expo in Paris last week. It turned out to be a very successful show for Robotas and for STP Electronics, our agents in France.

Of some statistical importance was the high level of interest from large French OEMs active in the Drives and Home Automation sectors. These organisations expressed interest in both Mascot and Sigma lean hand assembly stations. That bodes well for business in the region.

Prior to the event, we implemented ergonomic enhancements to our Mascot Pushtrack system to meet the latest guidelines from the French Health & Safety Executive. It was well-received, and we’re confident that this will help secure new orders in the coming quarter. More about those when they land.

From experience (and we have a lot of that), one ‘gut feel’ success measure not to be underestimated for any event is how much time you have spare to wander around the exhibition halls or tour the host city. For Enova, it was essentially none – so the show ticks that box! We did manage to snap a photo of the Robotas stand between visitor demonstrations, and grab a shot of the Eiffel Tower to prove that we actually made it to Paris.

Check back here for a show roundup soon.

Etek Europe appointed as authorised Robotas dealers

Robotas Appoints Etek for UK & Central Europe Distribution

In a strategic move to further accelerate growth in the UK and across selected regions of Central Europe, Robotas has appointed Etek Europe as authorised distributors of its Mascot and Sigma Lean Hand Assembly Systems.

Etek is a respected supplier to the global electronics manufacturing sector, operating from its impressive custom built premises within the Prestwick International Aerospace Park next to Glasgow Prestwick Airport. Etek have taken immediate responsibility for many aspects of Robotas’ distribution within Poland, Romania, Hungary, the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Etek MD and respected industry veteran, Mike Nelson, is delighted with the Robotas collaboration: “The Robotas product ranges allow us to further extend our exciting portfolio to customers by delivering fast and reliable semi-automated hand assembly solutions, which are critical to productivity in PCB, mechanical and box-build applications.”

Robotas MD, Nick Walters, points out that the partnership serves to reinforce an already strong relationship between two great companies: “We’ve known Mike and the Etek team for a long time now and have always respected their proven record of providing first class support to their customers. They have the solid infrastructure needed to provide exemplary manufacturing sales and technical support to our high quality, high mix customer base within the electronics, aerospace, defence and medical sectors. We are enthusiastic about this mutually productive partnership and we are already working on some exciting opportunities in Poland, Romania and Hungary with the Etek Eastern European team.

Robotas Technologies visit Enova in Paris 2014

Robotas Exhibits at Enova Paris

Robotas is attending the Enova 2014 Expo in Paris, which starts tomorrow 16th September.

The show focuses on technologies in electronic measurement, vision and optics, which is right up our street. The event takes place at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, Hall 7.2. If you’re in Paris from 16th to 18th September, be sure to visit us on the Robotas Stand N52. See the Enova Paris 2014 website for more details – http://www.enova-event.com/