As the role of robotics and automated machinery increases, the number and variety of applications grows. Each robot, each application presents new and additional challenges. These challenges surface in both the performance of the robots and protecting them from misuse, shock inputs or overload.
The performance factors concentrate on accuracy, space and materials.
Robotic systems require a much higher degree of control; accuracy is essential if they are to deliver the functionality required. Space availability is reducing – this means the size and weight of the components used also needs to reduce. The knock-on impact of saving space is a change to the component materials. To produce smaller components, traditional materials like steel are being replaced with aluminium and brass.
Reliability and protection are the other considerations. Minimising downtime whether caused by shock-inputs, misuse or the time required to reset systems after a torque overload event can impact productivity. Avoiding this can save time and costs.
In this Case Study we share the story of how working with a robotics customer shaped our capabilities across design, testing and manufacturing that ultimately led to the development of the smallest tolerance ring in our history.