04 October 2002
04 October 2002
Robotic Production Technology introduced the Accu-Cut WJ-44 robot at Composites 2002. The Accu-Cut is equipped specifically for water jet cutting applications and the new unit is claimed to decrease cycle time and increase path capability.
This unit, the former M-16i robot, sports a smaller wrist by 14 percent and smaller arm by six percent, allowing the robot to reach into extremely compact work areas. Rigidity and stiffness have also been increased to enhance the robot's performance in water jet cutting. While the wrist and arm are smaller, the robot has enhanced loading capabilities. The wrist payload has been increased from 35 to 44 pounds.
The WJ-44 uses the new R-J3iB controller, which has the highest performance ever for FANUC robot controllers with increased processing speed, memory, I/O and communication processor enhancements over the previous R-J3 controller.
The robot also supports the new i Pendant, an innovative color graphic user interface device to the R-J3iB, based on Internet technology. The i Pendant is a new color graphic user interface device for the R-J3iB Controller that includes an integrated Internet Web browser allowing critical support information to be accessed right from the robot. Users can access corporate Web sites, FANUC electronic documentation/manuals, advanced diagnostic and part information or other equipment. It provides a single point of access to Web-based information.
Robotic Production Technology is a turnkey robotic systems supplier for the plastics, appliance, automotive, aerospace, construction, consumer goods and marine industries.
Cobra International is celebrating its 40th year and has commissioned a book that will look at 40 key projects and 40 key people that were integral to the company’s growth. ‘Klaus Simmer and The King Cobra: A breakthrough in surfboard design and production technology’ is an extract article from this book and a breakthrough composites product for Cobra, establishing its presence as a manufacturer of high performance windsurf boards and creating global visibility for the Cobra brand.
Solvay has signed a ten-year agreement for the supply of composites and adhesives to be used across Bell's military and commercial rotorcraft programmes, including the Bell 429, 407, 505, 525, V-22, and UH-1.
SGL Carbon and Fraunhofer IGCV have officially opened the Fibre Placement Centre (FPC) at SGL's site in Meitingen, Germany. Compositence, BA Composites and the Chair for Carbon Composites at the Technical University of Munich have also joined the alliance, and Coriolis Group and Cevotec are planning to come on board as partners.