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Flexxbotics allows connectivity with FOBA Laser Marking + Engraving tools

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Flexxbotics and FOBA partnership.

Flexxbotics’ system is now suitable with FOBA Laser Marking + Engraving tools. | Source: Flexxbotics

Flexxbotics has introduced that its robotic know-how is now suitable with FOBA Laser Marking + Engraving merchandise for machine tending. This contains communication with FOBA’s built-in digicam system for vision-based inspections. 

With Flexxbotics’ robot-driven operation of FOBA tools, clients can obtain steady operation, higher throughput, and better yields, asserted the firm. In addition, the combination affords closed-loop suggestions to the robotic for autonomous course of management, it stated. 

“Combining FOBA with Flexxbotics is especially priceless in industries with strict regulatory compliance necessities that dictate the very best ranges of repeatable precision, reminiscent of medical gadgets and surgical merchandise, together with aerospace, protection, and house,” stated Tyler Bouchard, co-founder and CEO of Flexxbotics, in a launch.

“Environments that require fast and correct processing like semiconductor and electronics operations additionally profit considerably,” he stated. “With Flexxbotics and FOBA collectively, clients can optimize cycle time, broaden capability, and improve revenue per half.”

Compatibility guarantees extra flexibility, sooner deployments

FOBA Laser Marking + Engraving, a model of ALLTEC Angewandte Laserlicht Technologie GmbH, supplies laser marking techniques and laser engraving machines. Its choices embody fiber laser markers and UV laser markers, ultrashort pulse laser markers, CO2 laser markers, and inexperienced laser markers for a variety of functions and industries. 

Flexxbotics stated its patent-pending FlexxCORE know-how allows robots to securely join and talk with FOBA laser marking and engraving tools. This compatibility contains the FOBA MarkUS management, its digital I/Os, PROFINET, Profibus/TCP/IP, and EtherCAT. 

FlexxCORE can coordinate robotic actions with FOBA’s three-stage marking course of. This contains half inspection earlier than marking, automated mark alignment, and subsequent validation of the marking, famous the Boston-based firm

The system makes use of both the Intelligent Mark Positioning (IMP) or Point & Shoot (P&S) capabilities within the FOBA tools for exact alignment of the laser marker on the shopper’s product. It additionally permits for vision-assisted workflows if wanted for accuracy, stated Flexxbotics.

“Connecting robotic machine tending with our FOBA laser-marking resolution utilizing Flexxbotics supplies a fair higher return on funding,” said Jeffrey A. Kniptash, FOBA’s gross sales supervisor for Americas. “Enabling Flexxbotics robot-driven manufacturing with our FOBA laser marking and engraving tools to allow autonomous course of management can take away bottlenecks and ship steady operation.”

Flexxbotics goals for robot-driven manufacturing at scale

Flexxbotics claimed that its “workcell digitization know-how is the spine of the sensible manufacturing facility,” and key to attaining robot-driven manufacturing at scale. It stated its software-as-a-service (SaaS)/hybrid structure runs each on-line and offline, so manufacturing can proceed with or with out Internet entry.

FlexxCORE additionally works with current automation tools, IT techniques, and other people, stated the corporate. Last week, Flexxbotics introduced compatibility with Makino machine instruments. It beforehand famous that FlexxCORE works with HURCO CNC machines and automation, in addition to with Nakamura-Tome machine instruments.

A full set of bidirectional communication, remodel, and routing capabilities can be found in FlexxCORE for linked robots and FOBA tools. This contains loading packages, sending directions, updating parameters, and standing consciousness relying on the tools’s capabilities, stated Flexxbotics. It stated this permits the robots to command the sensible manufacturing facility equipment.

The firm plans to show its applied sciences at ATX West from Feb. 6 to eight in Anaheim, Calif.



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