SAIMC


SAIMC: Durban branch

May 2019 SAIMC

The April technology evening was held as usual at the Durban Country Club. The subject of ‘Taking the next step in automation using collaborative robots’ elicited great attendance and interest, and presenter Frederik Langenhoven of Cobots did not disappoint with his interactive and interesting presentation.

Frederik Langenhoven (left) thanked by Hennie Prinsloo.
Frederik Langenhoven (left) thanked by Hennie Prinsloo.

Frederik pointed out that there is a new breed of robot in town. Collaborative robots, or cobots, have emerged as practical devices in the last decade. A cobot is a robot that is intended physically to interact with humans in a shared workspace, so the special pens and protective light curtains around the robot operating area are gone. The cobot is designed to work alongside a human operator, typically lifting the heavier items involved in electronic device assembly operations. It has smooth surfaces with no sharp edges, and protected joints, so a human working alongside cannot trap their fingers, plus it stops at the slightest external touch. Additionally, the cobot is flexible, it can be trained (taught) by the assembly operator by guiding its arms and grippers to show it what to do.

In summary, Frederik told the enthralled audience that:

• Collaborative robots are tools to support people, not take away their jobs.

• Collaborative robots can be used all over industry, not only in big organisations, but also in small to medium size enterprises.

• Suitable for use in many industries like automotive, metal, medical, plastics and food and beverage.

The branch thanks Cobots for the kind sponsorship and Frederik for the presentation.


Credit(s)



Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page

Further reading:

SAIMC: From the President’s desk
June 2019, SAIMC , SAIMC
We have reached the half-way point of 2019 and I am shocked at how time has just flown by for me personally. But, that is usually the result when you are fully engaged and busy with things that occupy ...

Read more...
SAIMC: Durban branch
June 2019, SAIMC , SAIMC
The May technology evening was moved out a day to accommodate the public holiday on 1 May and the topic of IO-Link attracted an excellent attendance at the Durban Country Club, in spite of the disruption ...

Read more...
SAIMC: Secunda branch
June 2019, SAIMC , SAIMC
On 4 April, Theo Wassenaar from Emerson Automation Solutions gave an informative presentation on ‘Steam trap monitoring with pervasive sensing and plantweb insight’.    Over the years, steam traps have ...

Read more...
SAIMC: Vaal branch
June 2019, SAIMC , SAIMC
At the last technology evening, Jacques Parrot, a project engineer from SICK Automation, gave an in-depth presentation on “Greenhouse phenomena and the looming legal requirements that emission producing ...

Read more...
SAIMC: Johannesburg branch
June 2019, SAIMC , SAIMC
The April technology evening featured Alvin Seitz of Bürkert who outlined a fairly new flowmeter technology using surface acoustic waves (SAW). So, are SAW flowmeters the greatest thing since sliced Coriolis? ...

Read more...
SAIMC: From the President’s desk
May 2019, SAIMC , SAIMC
The SAIMC branches are doing very well this year. If you as a member have not been able to get to a technology evening to learn something new regarding technology and network with your peers, I urge you ...

Read more...
SAIMC: Tshwane branch
May 2019, SAIMC , SAIMC
There have been some changes at the branch and Morne Maree has taken over from Petrus Klopper. Petrus will move to a new portfolio for which more information will be communicated later. Nico Marneweck ...

Read more...
SAIMC: Secunda branch
May 2019, SAIMC , SAIMC
Technology evening    On 7 February, Ian Janse van Rensburg, valve specialist from Mitech, gave a very informative presentation on control valve actuator selection.    Valve actuators are a differentiating ...

Read more...
SAIMC: Johannesburg branch
May 2019, SAIMC , SAIMC
What is flow measurement, why is it important and how do we measure it? Those were the questions asked of members at the March Technology evening, hosted at WIKA Instruments and presented by Sagadevan ...

Read more...
SAIMC: Vaal branch
May 2019, SAIMC , SAIMC
At the last technology evening, SMC Pneumatics, in partnership with Staro Process Control, presented on the topic “Energise your efficiency: Transform energy into a boost for your competitiveness”.    Brian ...

Read more...