29 July 2014
29 July 2014
epm:technology group is poised to pioneer the use of robotics in composite engineering in order speed up productivity and creativity.
In a partnership with Rolls Royce and the University of Derby, the company states it has installed a £500,000, state-of-the-art, robotic system into its new technical centre.
The company explains its new Fanuc M-900i robot is engineered for precise high payload and extremely high speed operations. Capable of swiftly and effortlessly manoeuvring items up to 700kg and, through its ability to use interchangeable “heads”, the Fanuc is able to precisely cut, drill and spray items far quicker than humanly possible.
By introducing the robot, which will be accompanied by a two-year academic research programme, epm:technology aim to eventually ensure the more mundane roles are taken away from its workforce, freeing up individuals to concentrate and hone finer skills within its engineering processes.
Managing Director, Graham Mulholland, explained: “I’ve long stated that building our own, bespoke, state-of-the-art technical centre, is the dawn of a new era for epm:technology. We are a ground-breaking pioneering company and the introduction of robotics further underpins that position.
“While it is still in its infancy, I really see it as the future of our industry. By automating certain processes we will inevitably speed up production and yet ensure the very highest standards of composite engineering for which we have the greatest of reputations for are adhered to.”
He added: “Personally, I see its potential as limitless, especially in our desire to free some of our workforce from the vitally important but more mundane processes. This, in turn, will enable us to further train and then utilise those individuals in far more skilled areas needed in our constant research and development processes.”