For the past few years, Robotmaster programming solution, supplied by Jabez Technologies, has been responding to the growing demand for the robotized manufacturing of composites. The aerospace, defense, automotive and ship manufacturing industries are all witnessing a strong demand for the use of composites. According to a study by market research firm Lucintel, the global aerospace composites market is expected to reach US$112 billion annually by 2017, with a compound annual growth rate of 5.3% (source: CompositesWorld). Jabez Technologies and its partners plan to demonstrate cost-effective and cutting-edge programming tools required for composite trimming, drilling, riveting and certain types of material layup. 

Singularity, calibration, collisions, reach limitations, and motion granularity are complex to robotic systems and can make programming particularly cumbersome. Navigating around the errors can be time-consuming. The Robotmaster Interactive Simulation Environment (RISE) can help in programming, visualizing and optimizing processes/events more quickly and easily. 

These features increase productivity in the composite market when: 

  • Programming trimming, drilling and riveting applications 
  • Programming and verifying flexible tooling and robot interaction 
  • Proofing out and programming various aspects of automated tape layup. 

These features are designed specifically for manufacturing of composite parts using robots: 

  • Programming of configurable universal holding fixtures (UHF) 
  • Comprehensive support for simple to complex drilling and riveting 
  • Easy management of complex robotic environments 
  • Ultrasonic inspection 
  • Trimming.

This story is reprinted from material from Jabez Technologies, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.