Radioactive Waste Segregation Project

Cyan Tec, working alongside nuclear partner Atkins Limited, have been awarded a government contract for a radioactive waste segregation project.

The ‘Sort & Seg’ innovation competition, launched in July 2020, set the challenge of finding ways to sort and segregate mixed radioactive waste at some of the UK’s oldest nuclear sites.

The project will be based on Cyan Tec working on a mixed pile of non-radioactive waste, with the aim of proving the designed system can increase recycling rates, reduce the number of waste containers sent for disposal and reduce the hazard to people and the environment.

Automated Systems for Battery Technology

The transition from a traditional combustion engine to battery technology is well and truly underway in the UK, with more and more users switching to electric vehicles, and Cyan Tec are making inroads into this market at pace. Lithium-ion batteries have reached the status of being the spearhead of the automotive market, capable of having a very high voltage and charge storage per unit mass and unit volume – a crucial factor in order to allow this technology to become the “norm”.

The design and manufacture of dedicated laser welding automation is a particular area of expertise for Cyan Tec, and the previous experiences of integrating industrial lasers into complex – as well as more simple – automation, has given access to this exciting new market.

Technical knowledge in this industry is crucial for clients that are investing heavily in automated systems and Cyan Tec are on hand to offer advice where required, specifically regarding the key parameters in laser welding including; laser power, welding speed, focal distance and pulse rate, which influence weld quality, weld bead geometry and weld dimensions. Within the automated process, these parameters need to be controlled to provide weld strength and conductivity without penetrating the battery cell.

The key advantage of laser welding technology compared against other alternative solutions is that it offers a precise and non-contact joining method, which can be adapted to fit small areas with low accessibility using a concentrated heat source.

Cyan Tec is a market leader in the supply of full turnkey laser systems to industry, energy and research sectors. Integrating laser welding systems into battery production lines can lower costs and increase reliability of batteries for electric vehicles.

To find out more please click https://cyan-tec.com/contact or call our sales department on +44 (0)1509 815186.

Cyan Tec Win Order for JET Project

Cyan Tec have consistently worked on a number of large projects over the last decade, but perhaps none bigger than the latest success of winning an order to produce a laser system for The Joint European Torus (JET) project. JET is an operational magnetically confined plasma physics experiment, with a main purpose of opening the way to future nuclear fusion grid energy. The research on a new energy source, using hydrogen fusion for future power plants, is described as the largest fusion experiment in the world.

Cyan Tec will install a 25kW laser system into the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, located in Oxfordshire, UK. Having previously installing a 20kW laser into the MTC in Coventry for research and development purposes, this high power laser will take on the mantle as the largest laser installed by Cyan Tec.

Through from the initial concept stage to design, manufacture, build, commissioning and on-site installation, Cyan Tec can offer complete laser solutions for the automotive, aerospace and nuclear sectors as well as many others.

To find out more please click https://cyan-tec.com/contact or call our sales department on +44 (0)1509 815186.

Cyan Tec Install Large Laser Cutting Machine

Almost a decade on after integrating – at the time – the largest laser laser source in Europe, Cyan Tec have designed and manufactured another showpiece laser system for The Manufacturing Technology Centre. The physically significant machine structure (15.5m x 9.5m) incorporates a combination of a large flatbed cutting area (12m x 4m) and the facility to perform tube cutting (12m long).

Even with the vast experience of manufacturing a range of laser cells, the aforementioned machine is unique in many ways. In particular, the incorporation of robotics along with a more traditional gantry system allows the end user to have the flexibility to laser cut up to 15mm thick materials and up to 450mm diameter tubes within one machine footprint.

The high-quality laser certified guard system includes an access doors and a sliding machine bed, allowing for the smooth loading and unloading of materials for flatbed cutting or tube cutting. The laser structure is designed to protect operators and other persons from both the laser light that is generated during the cutting processes and also the moving parts, such as the robot and gantry, which are integrated as part of the cell.       

Through from the initial concept stage to design, manufacture, build, commissioning and on-site installation, Cyan Tec can offer complete laser solutions for the automotive, aerospace and nuclear sectors as well as many others. To find out more please click https://cyan-tec.com/contact or call our sales department on +44 (0)1509 815186.

Cyan Tec Fanuc Strategic Partner

Cyan Tec is a leading robotic integrator and is proud to be recognized as a Fanuc Strategic Partner. Our partner status reflects our advanced technical capability in the field of robotic automation and system integration.

Cyan Tec has an enviable track record of successful integration of robots across a broad a range of industry sectors. We design and build robotic automated systems to enable our customers to achieve greater efficiencies and lower costs in advanced  production and process applications.

Our expert team of robotic integration engineers support our customers to successfully automate assembly, handling, testing, printing, loading/unloading, picking, packing and laser applications.

Cyan Tec’s Fanuc Strategic Partner status also reflects our strenuous commitment to customer service to ensure our customers achieve optimal robotic automation of their process and ongoing responsive after sales support.

To find out more please click https://cyan-tec.com/contact or call our sales department on +44 (0)1509 815186.

Inkjet v Spray Technology for Automotive Coatings

The automotive sector is focussed on reducing the environmental impact of vehicles,  improving vehicle efficiency and developing lighter weight vehicles.

One way to achieve lighter vehicles is through the adoption of alternative materials such as plastics. Functional coatings are used to enhance plastic product durability and provide decorative high-quality finishes.

Coatings can be applied using spray technology however overspray techniques result in low transfer efficiency and up to 80% waste. This waste is then further treated using additional chemicals and the resulting sludge extracted and discarded.

Poor transfer efficiency impacts material and process costs associated with collecting, treating, extracting and disposing of the resulting sludge. The overspray methodology also generates unnecessary VOCs damaging to the environment.

With spray technology area control, discrete area coating and imaging are impractical without additional costly, time consuming masking processes.

Inkjet technology offers improved transfer efficiency over spray and provides opportunities to introduce efficiencies and improvements across a wide range of industry manufacturing processes.

Cyan Tec work closely with chemical and coating manufacturers to develop inkjet coatings for plastics to meet the strenuous demands of the automotive industry.

Industrial inkjet printing is achieved using a printhead to deposit tiny droplets of a material on to a substrate. It dispenses fluid in a non-contact, fully controllable manner, eliminating masking and with virtually no overspray. Inkjet is a digitally controlled technology, where the printed image is gradually built up through the deposition of drops of fluid exactly where we want them.

Inkjet technology achieves transfer efficiency, of theoretically 100%, although some contingency should be allowed for maintenance purging. Transfer efficiency is higher with inkjet and therefore the environmental costs, VOC emissions, material usage and process costs are lower in comparison to spray technology.

Cyan Tec offer single and multi-pass systems, where the printhead can pass over the substrate or the substrate pass under the printhead.

Industrial inkjet technology improves quality, process control and dramatically reduces waste in coating applications. Automotive applications include emblems, logos, buttons, Piano black and woodgrain trim and facia panels.

Cyan Tec combines automation, robotic and inkjet expertise to deliver industrial inkjet systems which offer manufacturers opportunities to lower costs, reduce waste, enhance products and achieve process efficiencies.

To find out more please click https://cyan-tec.com/contact or call our sales department on +44 (0)1509 815186.

Laser System Integration for EV Battery Pack

Cyan Tec are experts in the field of industrial laser integration supplying advanced systems to industry and energy sectors.

In the quest for greener energy sources and in response to the ongoing electrification of the transportation sector, global demand for large battery packs for electric vehicles is increasing.

Automotive battery packs for electro mobility are designed and manufactured in packs of battery cells and modules, typically employing Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries. These battery packs consist of a large quantity of cells connected in a series to produce the desired voltage level and in parallel to enable higher charge and discharge currents. Battery performance is reliant on dependable joints, where defective connections can lead to failure or reduction in performance. Cyan Tec are experts in the application of various wavelength laser beams to increase absorption in non-ferrous and bi-metallic materials to reliably join parts together.

Important parameters in laser welding include laser power, welding speed, focal distance and pulse rate, which influence weld quality, weld bead geometry and weld dimensions. Process parameters need to be controlled to provide weld strength and conductivity without penetrating the battery cell.

In battery pack manufacture electrical contacts are achieved via welded copper and aluminium conductors. Laser technology offers the advantages of narrow welds, high welding speed and low level of heat which is important for battery tab welding because the chemicals within the batteries are heat sensitive.

Laser welding is a reliable technology to connect battery cells and achieve fast, automated, precise production of battery pack conductive joints. Lasers offer the advantages of precision and non-contact welding which can be adapted to fit small areas with low accessibility using a concentrated heat source.

Cyan Tec is a market leader in the supply of full turnkey laser systems to industry, energy and research sectors. Integrating laser welding systems into battery production lines can lower costs and increase reliability of batteries for electric vehicles.

To find out more please click https://cyan-tec.com/contact or call our sales department on +44 (0)1509 815186.

Cyan Tec become ABB Value Provider

In testing times for the industry and of course the wider world, some positive news as Cyan Tec have recently been credited as an ABB Value Provider. Over the last few years, Cyan Tec have provided complex, modular and bespoke automation with the integration of many ABB robots. This includes for laser applications such as cutting and welding, as well as assembly, test and material handling systems for a wide range of industry sectors.

Cyan Tec are very excited to be a part of an elite group of companies that make up the ABB Value Provider scheme and are looking forward to supplying innovative automation solutions using ABB robots and other ancillaries in the future.

For more information about the robotic systems that Cyan Tec can offer, please visit our dedicated page:  https://cyan-tec.com/automation/robotic-systems

InPrint Technical Conference

Robotics & Inkjet Integration

Cyan Tec CEO, Clayton Sampson, speaking on robotics and inkjet integration at the InPrint Technical Conference from 12–14 November 2019 at the Munich Trade Fair Centre, Germany.

Offering technical expertise to ease the integration of inkjet into production lines to digitally print direct to product with three rotary axes.

Explaining the flexibility achievable with full inline, robotic and automated inkjet printing solutions delivering process efficiencies and added product value.

Bringing together specialist robotic integration capability with inkjet expertise to advance industrial digital printing technologies.