Manufacturing and Process Control
High Speed Tin Can Production
Swiss company Soudronic are world leaders in designing and manufacturing mechanical handling and metal forming machinery for high volume continuous production. When they decided to completely relaunch their product family they approached Robinson Associates to help them with the system and software design. The aim of the project was to make production machines go at twice the previous speed whilst achieving higher reliability.
Using a CAN (Controller Area Network) based solution a standard computer node was designed and built so that it could be reused throughout the control system. Within a year a new machine capable of turning sheet steel into 1000 cans per minute was achieved. Robinsons supported the Soudronic team in introducing the same engineering process to machines further down the production line including robots, ovens, spray coating devices and conveyor systems.
Technology Used: CAN Bus, Real-time, Distributed, Delphi
Next Generation Spark Erosion Machine
AGIE is a world-wide supplier of the highest quality machines to clients such as Lego, Swatch and De Beers for extremely accurate machining of hard materials. Robinsons worked closely with AGIE over an 8 year period, during that time we collectively produced the next two generations of their AGIECUT machine ensuring AGIE retained its position as market leader.
Within AGIE production we introduced automated processes for production to achieve significant cost reductions. We also produced a training version of the machine interface that enabled training in a classroom environment.
Sculptured pieces : Courtesy of Marco Mariotta Designs