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Industry 4.0 Summitt

Manchester Central (M2 3GX)

28/02/2018 - 01/03/2018

Industry 4.0, the 4th industrial revolution, smart manufacturing, digital factories…these are (more)

Drives & Controls 2018

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

10/04/2018 - 12/04/2018

Drives & Controls exhibition is recognised as the UK’s leading show for Automation, Power (more)

UKIVA Machine Vision Conference

Arena MK(MK1 1ST)

16/05/2018

Following a successful launch in 2017, UKIVA Machine Vision Conference returns to Arena MK, Milton Keynes, (more)

Flexible transport system

Flexible transport system

B&R has unveiled a new intelligent transport system, saying ACOPOStrak is the first system in the world to extend the economies of mass production down to batches of one. The purely electromagnetic ACOPOStrak diverters divide and merge product flows at full production speed.

Among their many advantages is the ability to include a pit lane in the track layout. New shuttles are mounted on the pit lane and then channelled onto the track's actual production lines via a diverter. In the same way, any shuttles that are no longer needed can simply be rerouted to the pit lane. All of this takes place at full production speed. “It becomes possible to perform product changeover with zero downtime,” explained B&R’s mechatronics manager Robert Kickinger at the unveiling event.

ACOPOStrak’s absolute design flexibility allows it to morph into all types of open and closed layouts by arranging different combinations of track segments. The system is capable of 5g acceleration and reaches top speeds in excess of 4m per second with a minimum product pitch of only 50mm.

 

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