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"World’s First" Induction Heating Cobot

Sept. 13, 2016
Collaborative robot optimizes production flow, promotes higher yields and greater uniformity Flexibility, portability, cost-effectiveness High mix, low volume production Fast set-up, intuitive programming
Using cobot technology, Ambrell developed an induction heating system designed to maximize manufacturing throughput.

Induction heating system developer AMBRELL CORPORATION unveiled the what it called "the world’s first induction heating cobot." a programmable automation device that performs a variety of light industrial tasks, usually repetitive tasks, and interacts safely and efficiently as it works with humans in shared processes. The system, called MAX by Ambrell, is integrated into induction heating processes for optimized production flow, increased yields, and greater uniformity.

“With the flexibility, portability, and cost-effectiveness of cobots in the manufacturing sector, Ambrell recognized how cobot-assisted automation could be designed and engineered into the heating process, especially for high mix, low volume production,” according to Jeff Kramer, director of Product Management the MAX project team leader.

“And,” Kramer continued, “leaner applications requiring no human intervention can free-up workers to focus on utilizing SPC data rather than simply collecting this data.”

“The emergence of cobots as a new productivity tool will substantially change the way companies work in small- and medium0sized enterprises (SMEs) and large factories,” according to Tony Mazzullo, president and CEO. “We’re extremely excited about all the possibilities MAX offers to our industry.

“Using the MAX cobot heating solution, fast set-up times, intuitive programming, space-saving footprints and significantly lower safety requirements will reduce the amount of time and labor required to meet production targets. Additionally, customers seeking ways to improve their competitive position will recognize a fast payback period coupled with a high return on investment.”

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