October 2013 – Update on the Robot, now re-named Abby!

 
Alex has spent (and is spending) many hours learning about programming, with the help of Pete Cormack; www.pcrobotics.co.uk.
 
We now have 2 castings programmed in and production runs have been performed. As part of Research & Development, changes have been made, tooling has been improved/changed. Gripper fingers have been re-designed. Speeds have tentatively increased, in fact a round socket now goes through the cell in 50 seconds!! We have had to order a new Robot friendly Cougar linisher from RJH Morrisflex Ltd  and a new drill from W& H Eves Ltd.
 
Alex has donned his cap and satchel and started night school to learn AutoCAD, so that he can draw out the points of a casting to program it in to the robot. A change of thought to the way the Robot operates had to take place. Because of the variations and tolerances between castings not all the fettling can be done by the Robot, so we now have man and Robot working in tandem, which is a happy solution.
 
We are hoping that, very soon, all dangerous saw cuts will go through the Robot Cell, vastly reducing the risk of accidents to the men.