Industry 4.0 products and solutions on show at PPMA 2018

20th September 2018
Lanna Deamer

For the first time at the Process and Packaging Machining Association Show, Comau (Stand F110) will showcase new products and walk visitors through real life factories of the future by creating a 360° virtual tour of the digital production and collaborative robotic applications the industrial automation solutions provider has deployed across Europe.

During the event from 25th-27th September  held in the National Exhibition Center in Birmingham, Comau UK will let visitors see products developed following its HUMANufacturing approach, such as, advanced logistics solutions including the new Agile1500 autonomous mobile robot and a number of Comau series robots demonstrating automation capabilities: all components of the HUMANufacturing approach, which will help companies improve their efficiency while streamlining processes and increasing production quality.

Comau defines HUMANufacturing as its new approach to manufacturing and its own way to Industry 4.0 to meet the challenges and needs of an ever-changing market. In the 'factory of the future', industrial robots are no longer confined within barriers, but can work closely and in total security with man, who plays a central role in the production process.

The interaction between operators and machines is made efficient and secure by collaborative robots and new digital technologies. Industrial machines become 'smart', more and more flexible, and easy to use in an integrated and connected manufacturing system.

Known for innovation and an open-engineering approach, Comau UK’s virtual reality showcase mirrors its growing use of mainstream multimedia to enhance digital manufacturing solutions. As such, the company’s engineering and enabling technologies increasingly support highly individualised, highly efficient production while safeguarding productivity and profitability across the entire manufacturing line.

During the fair, visitors will discover the innovative features of Comau PickAPP, an Android application that allows users to more intuitively control industrial robots in an easier and faster way thereby improving the customer experience.

In Comau’s booth, a PickAPP cell with a Racer 3 robot will engage in pick and place operations, moving little chocolates on a work table. In addition, Comau will present its robotic basketball cell and a laser marking cell, in which a Racer-3 robot is engaged in marking bag tags.

With experience in the industry and headquarters in Rugby, England, Comau UK has been helping companies all over the United Kingdom develop and implement process and technology solutions for sustainable automation and production since 1991.

Its comprehensive offering ranges from stand-alone robotics to complete automation solutions, simultaneous engineering and powerful process integration capabilities with an increasing focus on digitalisation. The company recently expanded to better meet the needs of the North-East region by opening a dedicated engineering facility in Gateshead.

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