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Bilsing Automation, a German-headquartered manufacturer of robots for automated plants, is using CompoTech carbon fibre structural tubes in their robots, and all future Bilsing projects will feature them as standard.
Until recently, aluminium or steel robotic components have been standard in the automation industry. In 2005, Bilsing started working with CompoTech to utilise the benefits composites could bring to their products, to improve their own processes and those of their end customers.
CompoTech has developed a unique process which enables them to manufacture structural tubes in custom shapes and sizes out of ultra high modulus pitch carbon fibre. Due to this higher elastic modulus, the vibration experienced with the aluminium booms and grippers can be reduced significantly, if not removed completely.
“Our clients typically experience a 10-20% increase in productivity when using robots with carbon fibre booms,” says Alfred Bilsing, CEO of Bilsing Automation and veteran of the automation industry. “Our approach is to look at every aspect of the solution we provide to our clients – from design and engineering to materials to customer support – and see where we can add value to their process. A figure of 10-20% improved productivity is considerable by anyone’s standards and confirms that we made the right choice by working with CompoTech.”
Indeed, Bilsing is now researching how more CompoTech carbon fibre tubes can be used in their automation solutions, particularly for their automotive clients.
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