Cyan Tec exhibiting at Fanuc UK Open House Event

Following a successful ongoing relationship between Cyan Tec and their robotic and laser partner Fanuc, Cyan Tec are exhibiting at the Fanuc UK Open House Event 2019, 29-31 October, in Coventry.

Showcasing Flexlase, a flexible laser processing cell, which has the capability to perform processes such as laser welding and cutting using state of the art robot and laser technology.

If you’d like to find out more then please visit our stand, check out our dedicated Flexlase web page at https://cyan-tec.com/flexlase or call our office on +44 (0) 1509 815186.

Cyan Tec exhibiting at Printing United (SGIA)

Cyan Tec together with their US partners, Designer Plastics exhibiting at Printing United (SGIA) 2019, 23-25 October, Dallas, stand 1820.

Showcasing the Cyjet JP, multi colour single pass, high speed, direct to product printer, which eliminates the costly set-up time and consumables of traditional Pad printing.

If you’d like to find out more then please visit our stand, check out our inkjet web pages at https://cyan-tec.com/industrial-inkjet-2 or call our office on +44 (0) 1509 815186.


Cyan Tec Opens Exciting New Production Facility

Following a sustained period of growth, Cyan Tec Systems have made the decision to move to a significantly larger premises in Birstall, Leciester. There is no doubt that the current Barrow Upon Soar facility – the home to Cyan Tec for over ten years – has played vital role in allowing the company to move on a rapid upward curve and a lot of history in terms of successful projects, for a number of market leaders, will last long in the memory of those involved.

Due to a period of sustained growth Cyan Tec opened a new facility in Birstall, Leicester in September 2019. The additional capacity will enable operational expansion in response to market demand and benefit Cyan Tec’s ever expanding list of blue chip customers.

The premier business location is situated in the UK’s industrial heartlands, at the junction of the A6 and A46, with direct access to transport networks.

The recently constructed building offers increased production space to accommodate growth and facilitate customer demand for larger advanced manufacturing systems.

Additional lab space enables Cyan Tec to continue to drive forward advances in cutting edge laser and inkjet technologies to maintain its leading position in these fields.

The new facility creates further development opportunities, with spacious open plan offices to accommodate the growing team of highly skilled engineers, sales and administration professionals.

This investment represents an exciting step on the path of expansion for everyone at Cyan Tec to the benefit of its customers and business partners.

Please call our team to arrange a visit to the new facility to discover our advanced technical capabilities and discuss your automation project.

Cyan Tec Systems Limited 1 Red Rood Way, Birstall, Leicester LE4 3EJ UK

Telephone +44 (0)1509 815186

Choosing the Right Robot

Robotics has been advancing at a rate of knots over the past 10 years and although the time of replacing the majority of manual labour with robot operations is still a long way off, there are some interesting new industrial robots appearing which come much closer to undertaking human tasks.  As an experienced robot integrator with years of experience and hundreds of installations, Cyan Tec Systems is well-placed to offer advice on the best and latest robot automation solutions.

Many suppliers are offering the new style of “collaborative robots”, one example of which is the YuMi robot from ABB, which has been launched recently.  This is perhaps the most mainstream of this genre, coming from one of the “big four” global robot suppliers which are expected to grow rapidly to take the place of more expensive robots or human operators.

What does the YuMi do?

The YuMi robot looks a lot more like, and shares many characteristics with, the human body.  Designed to work alongside humans, the most notable change from the typical industrial 6-axis robot is the fact that YuMi is designed to work in the open and not behind guarding and safety interlocks.

Image: YuMi robot (image courtesy of ABB Robotics)

YuMi is equipped with twin articulated arms which terminate in gripper hands.  The concept of collaborative robots is that a shop floor may consist of a mixture of humans and robots, the robots being able to feed or be fed by human operators who might be given the more complicated tasks (or tasks requiring human intelligence).  Movement speed is restricted and the arms are equipped with crash sensors to stop safely if they should come into contact with a human operator, avoiding the risk of pinch, crush or impact injuries.

Ideal for small electronic component assembly, the robot will not replace the traditional 6-axis industrial robot, rather it complements the range and expands the capabilities of robot-based automation.  The YuMi robot can use vision to correctly pick and place components regardless of orientation and with the ability to compensate for inaccuracy of position, in the same way a human would.  As well as having the dexterity of a human operator, the collaborative robot can be easily trained and re-trained, coping well with boring, repetitive or ergonomically challenging tasks.

Traditional robots

For some applications, where long reach or interpolated path following is required, there is no substitute for the speed and accuracy of the traditional 6-axis robot.  These robots are still the obvious choice where the robot is using a tool which necessitates full safety guarding (for example laser welding or cutting).  In these applications, the capability of the 6-axis robot makes it the most appropriate choice.

In other applications involving simpler action, it might be that a Scara robot with 4-axes is more suitable.  These robots have fewer movements than the full 6-axis robot and are often used for pick-and-place in assembly or in loading and unloading machines.

Conclusions

With robots, as with other elements in automation, there is no single solution which suits every situation.  Flexibility and open-mindedness will allow the optimum configuration to be found, taking into account all the criteria required by the application.  In the next decade it is likely that many more collaborative robots will be installed and new technology is enhancing the vision, motion accuracy and intelligence of robots.

The Uses of Composites in Manufacturing

The number of markets where composites are being used is growing rapidly, and that can only be good news for OEM’s such as Cyan Tec Systems. Most interestingly, industry sectors where Cyan Tec are already prominent – such as aerospace and automotive – have seen a significant rise in the inclusion of composite materials in their products.

Big-name companies such as Airbus and Boeing have recently shown the potential for large-scale composite applications in aviation, whilst NASA is continually looking to composites manufacturers for innovative ideas for suitable space solutions. However, without a doubt, the biggest beneficiary of the introduction of composite materials is the automotive industry. In addition to composites allowing designs that were previously difficult to manufacture possible, such materials also help to make vehicles lighter and therefore more fuel efficient, something that is an ever growing concern of the consumer.

An example of a modular laser cell offered by Cyan Tec.

Cyan Tec’s portfolio of modular laser cells has included the integration of a galvonic scanning head, in this instance used to laser cut composite material for a pharmaceutical application. A standalone machine in design, the integration of a fibre laser, a dedicated delta robot and a top-class PLC-driven control system meant that Cyan Tec’s modular design met the customer’s needs perfectly. The solution offered allowed a part to be manually loaded at the front end of the machine, before being automatically laser cut and stacked into a finished position, ready to be manually unloaded.

The Benefit of Modular Laser Cells

What can industrial laser technology be used for?

Have you heard of laser technology? The answer is probably yes, though industrial lasers are certainly not to be mistaken with laser hair removal or laser eye surgery. Here we are talking about the integration of, often, high power laser sources for the processing of a wide range of individual applications. In the main, Cyan Tec Systems focus on laser cutting and welding, but also have valued experience in the production of systems for marking, cleaning, cladding and ablating with lasers.

The specific applications where lasers can be used is incredibly varied, though some examples include; cutting of interior and exterior trim for automotive products, welding of nuclear waste containers and marking critical pharmaceutical components.

What is the best laser for the application?

The selection of the laser source and optics is essential to making a project of this ilk a success, and the process of choosing the right laser is made much easier with the helping hand of a specialist integrator, like Cyan Tec. In addition to the decision making surrounding the laser itself, said integrator must have the required experience in providing high-end automation too. This can include the collaboration of robotics, transfer devices such as conveyors, rotary tables and linear drives, control systems and most importantly, class 1 laser guarding.

What advantage do modular configurations offer the end user?

The biggest benefit of modular laser cells contrary to custom built equipment is that the elements being supplied are already proven as integrated combinations. This incidentally lowers the perceptual and more importantly, the actual risk to customers that are new to automation. In addition, the end user can easily configure their own automated machine using the modules that are offered by Cyan Tec. The Hyperion range of machines lends itself particularly well to laser cutting and welding applications, with over half a dozen machines that each have different elements available to ‘mix and match’, creating a personalised Hyperion machine.

Single Robot Laser Cutting System – Rotary Table Input

Are there any limitations do the modular configurations?

Of course there are restrictions, as is often the case with modular automated solutions. However, the options that are offered within the Hyperion range – something that will continue to grow – is expected to cover most eventualities, especially in cutting and welding. The main benefit of working alongside an automation company, such as Cyan Tec Systems, is that if the modular laser cells do not meet your specification, the dedicated engineering team are able to come up with a custom automated solution.

If you are interested in further education regarding the variants of modular laser cells that Cyan Tec can offer then please visit https://cyan-tec.com/laser-systems/modular-laser-systems.

Inkjet Conference 2018

The fifth Inkjet Conference (IJC) was held in Dusseldorf in October, where a record crowd was in attendance once again. There was an opportunity for the enthusiastic visitors to this rapidly growing industrial conference to listen to a range of guest speakers throughout the course of the two days, as well as having the opportunity to network with a wide variety of different businesses that were exhibiting.

Attendees of the 2018 IJC listening to a guest speaker during the two-day conference. 

Cyan Tec were one of the many companies to exhibit at the IJC in 2018 and their CEO, Clayton Sampson, also gave a presentation focusing on spray coating with inkjet or digital deposition as it is also known as when integrated into industrial applications.

Cyan Tec have the expertise to design and manufacture print modules, as well as the production of industrial digital inkjet printers, more of which is detailed on the following pages of the website: https://cyan-tec.com/industrial-inkjet-printers-home

If you would like to learn more about the IJC and what it can offer your business then you can visit their website here: http://theijc.com/

Cyan Tec Automating the Power of Light

Laser specialists Cyan Tec recently celebrated the development of its 16kW disk laser system by hosting an industry open day at Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in Rotherham. The modular system features a 16kW Trumpf disk laser, the most powerful of its kind in the UK.

Representatives from across the country enjoyed an exclusive look at this advanced system with Cyan Tec engineers, plus a tour of the Nuclear AMRC workshop and presentations from both organisations. Representatives of various high-end sectors, including nuclear, aerospace and defence, were able to see the latest advances in laser welding techniques. A technology delivering efficiencies and additional capability to advanced technology businesses across the UK and beyond.

Cyan Tec’s disk laser system is designed to produce high-quality deep penetration joins, from around 15mm in stainless steel, over lengths of a metre or more. The laser head is carried by a six-axis gantry over a two-axis manipulator table which can hold components up to 15 tonnes, all contained in a safety enclosure measuring ten by seven metres and eight metres in height.

“We’re extremely proud of this system,” Clayton Sampson, Cyan Tec chief executive officer, told delegates. “It is a highly capable, flexible and robust machine which offers a huge number of advantages to high end industries, in terms of sheer penetrative power – it goes up to 20mm and is able to weld a range of different types of metals.”

Cyan Tec are pleased to have enabled The Nuclear AMRC team to push forward the boundaries of welding research to the benefit of UK businesses and international trade. The system is currently being used to investigate the viability of using the laser to weld seams on large intermediate-level waste containers for the nuclear decommissioning sector. This is vital work supporting power generation across the UK.

Laser welding promises to significantly reduce manufacturing times and costs while maintaining a high quality of weld seams. Thanks to a strictly localised high-energy input and high travel speeds of 10 metres per minute or more, the laser produces a much lower heat input than most other welding technologies, significantly reducing thermal stress and distortion.

Cyan Tec’s system can also deliver a simultaneous MIG weld for hybrid welding, which can offer a better fit-up tolerance than laser alone with less heat distortion than arc alone. The technique is used in the shipbuilding industry to join steel plates.

Cyan-Tec specialises in bespoke high-power laser systems for industrial applications, including joining, cutting, ablation and cleaning, deployed on a variety of robotic and flatbed platforms. The company is currently developing a standard cell featuring a fibre laser and six-axis industrial robot for welding of three-dimensional components, for launch in 2019.

Cyan Tec Welcomes MP for Loughborough Nicky Morgan

In June 2018 the Cyan Tec team welcomed local member of parliament Nicky Morgan to its facility in the UK’s manufacturing heartland.

Cyan Tec shared with Nicky Morgan its contribution to the UK’s ongoing manufacturing success. The company is experiencing strong growth and specializes in advanced robotic and automated systems, a key growth area for the UK.

Conversation centred on Industry 4.0, which is driving technical advances, business opportunities and job creation in the UK. Nicky Morgan observed the many real-life Industry 4.0 examples of digital technologies, robotics and automated systems manufactured by Cyan Tec.

The Loughborough MP was fascinated by Cyan Tec’s state of the art robotic laser systems and enjoyed a live demonstration of cutting edge digital inkjet printing.

Knowing how valuable the high-tech manufacturing sector is to the UK economy Nicky Morgan learnt with interest about Cyan Tec’s growing business in the UK and across the world.

Disk Laser Cell Open Day at Nuclear AMRC

The Nuclear AMRC, Cyan Tec Systems and Trumpf invite industry to discover the latest advances in welding technology and explore a state-of-the-art 16kW laser cell.

Read more here….. https://cyan-tec.com/nuclear-amrc-open-day