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Cross Automation Newsletter – October 2022

Optimize Performance without Sacrificing Safety with Doosan Cobots

Doosan Robotics is leading the cobot market in innovative safety features that allow you to maintain productivity while keeping your team as safe as possible. Doosan offers cobots with the industry’s highest safety rating, PL e Cat 4. Their emphasis on innovation means that they go beyond what the market has come to expect in cobot safety by creating unique options and features.

Safety Zones

Doosan takes safety zones to a whole new level by offering up to 20 safety zones in various shapes (spherical, cylindrical, rectangular parallelepiped, etc.). In addition, the cobot will monitor the movement of the entire arm, not just the elbow and tool center point (TCP). It is possible to set custom limit values or safety-rated stops in each of the zones. This ensures that the entire arm behaves as you would like within each zone.

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Safety Zones Settings

Users have the ability to set space restrictions and five different zone settings within the three-dimensional zones discussed above. These options include space restriction, cooperative work zone, stricture prevention zone, collision sensitivity reduction zone, tool directional change restriction zone, and user-defined zone. These zones allow the control of a number of variables including joint angle, joint speed, TCP speed, TCP force, power, momentum, robot/TCP position, tool outfit position, whole body collision sensitivity, and tool direction. Having these options allows you to optimize the robot program for each application in a way that maximizes productivity while also protecting worker safety.

Continue reading to learn about collision detection, Doosan’s curved design and more, then contact a robotic expert to discuss your particular application.

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Fast and Powerful Linear Movement with High Precision and Efficiency

The AVENTICS Series SPRA electric rod-style actuators are the ideal solution to perform fast and powerful linear movements. They are very flexible, precise and energy efficient, improving sustainability and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). The modular concept of the Series SPRA enables easy connection to your preferred motor and control system, saving you time and costs on design and programming. The Series SPRA is ISO 15552 compliant and uses high-grade materials – such as a IP54S sealing system, ensuring a high level of reliability even in harsh conditions.

Contact a Cross Automation representative to discuss you upcoming application utilizing AVENTICS solutions.

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Automated Batching Systems

Batching is a process used in the manufacturing of a wide range of products from concrete and seal coating to baked goods and cosmetics. In the simplest terms, batching is like making a really big cake. Batching systems automate the process of weighing and mixing raw materials together to create a final product.

By automating your mixing, blending, or batching system, you can ensure your products are uniform, across different machines, different shifts, and even different plants. Automated blending and batching can also help you by:

  • Reducing raw material waste: use only what’s required and nothing more. By knowing exactly what is consumed, you can minimize your material usage variance and improve your forecasting.
  • Save time: operators no longer have to waste time fiddling around to get the right amount in the batch. Pre-programmed recipes also allow them to switch between products at the touch of a button.
  • Increase efficiency: automated batching systems can monitor when an ingredient has run out. The system is shut down and the operator alerted to restock, via email if necessary. This improves your equipment utilization and ensures you’re getting product out the door as efficiently as possible.
  • Traceability: the system can record what went into each batch and when, providing you traceability for compliance and quality purposes.

Our engineering department has built hundreds of customized blending and batching systems across many different industries. Each application is slightly different. The experts at Cross work with you to understand your requirements and tailor the solution to meet your particular needs. We also pride ourselves on taking ownership of the project from start to finish, this means that if there is a question or issue we are the only phone call you need to make. Contact us today to discuss your needs.

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