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AIC Robotics department concepts versatile tailor-made solutions to ensure an advanced process in the finishing area of the processing line, improving the often-harsh conditions our customers operate in. Robotic applications designed by AIC automatically apply tags and supports to semi-finished or finished metal long and flat products.
At the core, the components we use are the best on the market, with renowned robotic hardware (ABB, KUKA, COMAU, SIEMENS).
Models available are "foundry" grade, specifically designed to work in harsh environments and be multi-functional. Depending on the situation, this could include floor-mounted or ceiling-mounted robots, to be integrated into new layouts or in existing ones.
AIC's 3D vision system is made up of a dual-camera system that is specifically designed for hazardous and hot environments. The system can detect the type of products and can recreate the product's cloud of 3D points (the 3D profile) simply by taking a picture.
AI provides robots with adequate computer vision and motion control inferred from vision sensors/3D cameras, to better understand the environment and act upon it in real-time faster and more accurately.
Both the PLC program software and the control unit of the robotic application can be based on and developed using Siemens or Rockwell Automation components.
The system can be integrated into existing automation panels.
All information can be accessed remotely via the HMI system or remote panels.
Metal tags and high-temperature labels are applied with the assistance of a special tool mounted on the robot's wrist (or "head").
Labels could be used both to indicate quality (with different colours) and for tracking. QR code and RFID tag reader options double-check the printed data with material data from plant tracking. Also, thermal transfer printers integrated into the robotic island are capable of handling over 10,000 labels.
The tags can be applied using metal support that can be supplied by a specifically engineered machine, a vibrating stud dispenser, or directly through the head of the robot.
There are various types of metal support for the tag, depending on the type of product. The metal support keeps the printed tag away from the semi-finished or finished products where the material temperature is still high.
All applications are provided in a tailored and customized manner by selecting solutions with the greatest impact based on space feasibility studies.
The feasibility study and preliminary design are carried out in detail for each individual component right from the start.
The CAD department processes the 3D drawings and creates simulations that replicate the robot's movement in a real-world work environment, recreating the environmental and operating conditions.
In-house testing and assembly were carried out at the AIC IT operational headquarters in Torbole Casaglia and Trasaghis (ATS Mechatronics headquarters)
Thanks to the strong cooperation between the software-technical-design department, the best technologies available are used while remaining up-to-date on the latest state-of-the-art novelties and investigating new ones.
The AIC Team handles installation and commissioning, always ensuring on-time production assistance and training. Before shipping, each customer has the opportunity to familiarize himself with the application and test its performance during the FAT (Factory-Acceptance Tests).
VERSATILE & TAILORED-MADE
with the programming language and PLC logic development environments.
with supervisory and diagnostic systems such as IBA to monitor all robot parameters and states.
not requiring a dedicated system and being integrable into existing automation panels.
A young and motivated self-contained unit that collaborates with research and academic institutions (e.g. universities) to foresee business trends and offer trendsetting solutions.
15 Robotics stations are still running in rolling mills and steel mills
11 projects scheduled in the 2022/2023 portfolio