With several material handing robots available in the FIF lab space, there is plenty of scope for developing novel and unique material handling concepts.A robot with an 80kg payload attached to a 7m long linear track as well as a foundry level robot with a 205kg payload provide the resources to carry out significant material handing research. Novel end-effectors and smart robot cooperation allow conceptual material handing ideas to be tested and de-risked in a non-production lab environment.
Purlin Handling with Fielders
Partnering with Fielders, a national distributor of purlins and other broadsheet product, the Automated Roll-formed Unloading, Nesting and Stacking (ARUNS) project was founded. It investigated the use of robotics for handling roll-formed purlins or various sizes and profiles.
BlueScope TRU-SPEC® wrapping
Partnering with BlueScope Steel, the largest steel-making plant in Australia, the process of partially wrapping Stretched-Levelled TRU-SPEC® Flat Plate product using automation was initiated. It investigated how a robotic solution could wrap the protective paper in a neat and reliable manner for various stack dimensions.
Dematic are a multinational company supplying warehouse shelving equipment. This project investigated conceptual designs to their material handling and robotic welding processes. Dematic have implemented the designs into their factory in Belrose, Sydney.