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Smart Automation and Robotics

Smart Automation uses robotics in more and more automations that we develop and realize for our clients. As a result, we now have extensive experience with different brands and types of robots. Often combined with vision.

We have extensive experience with robots from the brands Omron, Kuka, ABB and our own developed portal robot based on Beckhoff. And for vision we often use Omron, Cognex or Sensopart. We have successfully deployed from accurate 6-axle robots to super-fast Delta pickers.

If you are interested in what robotics can do for your production, please feel free to contact us.

Smart Automation and sustainability.

As a builder of machines and production lines that sometimes do their work for decades, Smart Automation has a great responsibility towards the environment. We are well aware of this and make the following considerations:

  • If technically possible, we use servo technology where the braking energy of one motor is used for the acceleration energy of another motor. This gives a considerable saving on power consumption.
  • In vacuum and compressed air applications, consumption is calculated, so that the solution with minimal consumption can be chosen. This leads, for example, to a vacuum pump instead of a venturi and to compressed air cylinders that make their return stroke with 1/3 of the usual air consumption.
  • Our company cars run on CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) or electric.
  • Unfortunately, we cannot always avoid buying materials from further away, but if we have the choice, we try to source locally.

In this way we try to limit the footprint within our sphere of influence. If you are interested in our approach, or if you still see room for improvement, we would be happy to discuss this with you.

10 years Smart Automation

Smart Automation celebrated its 10th anniversary this weekend. We had a wonderful weekend in Bergen aan Zee with our team and partners, with Sky diving, good food, sports activities on the beach and lots of fun.

Acceptance of a machine for coding of chips in identification documents.

Smart Automation has completed a compact machine for wirelessly encoding of chips in identification documents.

Smart Automation starts with testing and debugging of a large robot line.

Smart Automation has started testing and debugging with a large robot line. The robot will transport barrels up to 1000 liters between a leak tester and a coating line.

Transport large flexible line for packaging of disposables for printers.

Just in 2017 a large line was transported to Germany. Overthere it will pack disposables for printers, at a speed up to 480 pieces per minute! The machine is very flexible because it can change over automatically between different product types.

Smart Automation has become ambassador of Oxfam Novib.

In addition to realizing our own goals, we consider it important to be a socially involved company and to work for a better world. That is why we became Oxfam Novib’s corporate ambassador: an organization dedicated to a world without poverty and equal opportunities for all. They, like us, always go out of the power and opportunities of the people themselves.

We support Oxfam Novib’s microfinance program, called Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs. Lending to a bank is often not possible for poor people. Partly thanks to our help, people in developing countries receive a small credit through the microfinance program. With this credit they get the opportunity to build their own business, and thus an independent existence. Thus, people can build their own future and their own country.

Oxfam Novib’s business ambassade business is a network of companies and employees who work together for a better world. More information on: http://www.oxfamnovib.nl/Ondernemers-voor-Ondernemers-netwerk.

Final test, machines on US power supply.

A generator outside our production hall is providing US power. Soon we will ship two machines to New Orleans. Of course we want to test whether all electronics designed as such, are actually suitable for both European as well as American power supply. Fortunately, that appears to be the case without any problems!

Expansion of offices.

Today, the contractor started with expanding our upstairs offices. The extra space is more than welcome since our team doubled in size in the past year.

SmartFeeder ready for integration

The Smart Feeder fulfills the same function as a traditional vibration bowl feeder; the singling out of bulk and orientation of parts. However, the Smart Feeder has a number of very great advantages with respect to a traditional vibration bowl feeder:

The Smart Feeder is universal, where a vibration bowl feeder is always taylormade for a part.
The Smart Feeder is able to work with more than one part or component. This is a great advantage when more variants of a product are produced or several products are manufactured on one line.
Therefore, the Smart Feeder after the life cycle of a product is re-usable for another product.
Therefore, the Smart Feeder has a quick change over time, a new part or component can be added in a quarter by a teach-in function.
Smart Feeder achieves the same performance as a traditional vibration bowl feeder but for a wider range components in size and mass.
The integrated vision technology makes it possible to do quality checks of parts.
The integrated robotics make it possible to perform simple assembly operations.

Smart Automation has a test setup to demonstrate the usability for your particular parts or components.

New SmartFeeder succesfully tested

Smart Automation has focused the last few years on developing flexible supply technology. The past year has resulted in a first prototype of the Smart Feeder. In November and December 2013 test conducted with the prototype that demonstrated the operation of the innovative technology. Through voice coil technology are generated in different directions vibrations. Hereby is achieved that entirety moved under a camera, can be spread and reversed. A unique aspect of the technology used is that both very small / light and even frangible parts can be manipulated as well large and heavier components. The developed vision technology is able to recognize graspable properly oriented products, and to send to the integrated robot on the basis of this information.

More information: Project Smart Feeder

New office building

An impression of our new office builing link.

Smart Automation and Beckhoff Netherlands ratify cooperation

Smart Automation in Zelhem is system integrator of Beckhoff control technology. The existing cooperation has further energized. To this end, the signatures have been recently placed Mr Jurjen Verhoeff behalf Beckhoff Netherlands and Teun van den Berg on behalf of Smart Automation.
For users of Beckhoff control technology means that specialist support is enhanced in the Achterhoek region. As part of the collaboration Smart Automation is structurally invest in knowledge of this platform and has primary support from Beckhoff. Smart Automation mechatronic often carries out projects where the boundaries of the control technology are approached, Smart Automation can sharpen go see this boundary through this collaboration. Smart Automation develops and builds special machines and mechatronic measuring and test equipment. In the past year before a control platform built based on Beckhoff hardware. This platform includes user interface, logging and track & trace and can control external measurement and control equipment such as data loggers, power supplies and chillers. In addition, vision technique and motion-technology integrated into the platform. This platform is used for mechatronic special equipment, special measuring and testing equipment and proprietary products including the Smart Feeder.