Cyan Tec on the move

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.

However, the future looks extremely bright with Cyan Tec moving into a brand new building that is approximately double the size of the existing and includes a top-class build area which will certainly be advantageous when handling a number of larger projects at the same time. A company going places fast, Cyan Tec continue to thrive in two major areas, laser systems and inkjet automation, and there are lots of other exciting prospects on the agenda in the near future. Watch this space.

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

Exciting New 16kW Laser Welding System

Cyan Tec’s advanced technical capabilities underpin the launch of its new 16kW laser system. The highly flexible, high-power laser cell is already driving state-of-the-art projects at the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.

The impressive scale of this 8m x 10m x 7m laser system reflects growing industry demand for laser systems with advanced handling capabilities.

Cyan Tec’s team of innovative, multi-disciplined engineers have succeeded in delivering a system capable of achieving high-quality welding joins, from around 15mm, over lengths of several metres, driving forward advanced welding applications in industries such as nuclear, marine and aerospace.

Cyan Tec claims an enviable reputation as a manufacturer of complex automated laser systems for welding, cutting, ablation, additive manufacture and surface modification. This exciting new system reportedly minimizes heat distortion and thermal stress to achieve high-quality welds for stainless steel, aluminium, titanium and alloy products.

The Cyan Tec laser system delivers travel speeds of 10m+ per minute, with a six-axis gantry and 2-axis manipulator table capable of handling products up to 15 tonnes. User friendly HMI and digital dual screen display enable operators to control and monitor in-cell processing.

In addition to launching advanced laser systems, Cyan Tec has a dedicated team of development engineers responding to demand for made-to-order laser solutions for special applications.

Manufacturers considering incorporating advanced laser solutions into production lines value specialist in-line equipment expertise from advanced integrators such as Cyan Tec who have a demonstrable record of successful large scale, complex high-powered laser solutions. Such dedicated integrators can offer the advice, support and technical solution required to ensure successful integration of in-line laser solutions.

Ground-breaking Robotic Inkjet for Industrial Applications

What is Robotic Inkjet?

Inkjet is the digital technology, which has revolutionized the printing industry. It is rapidly expanding into industrial environments enabling end-users to print variable images direct to product. Inkjet printing offers product manufacturing businesses the opportunity to add-value and adapt their product with full-colour product enhancement and mass customization.

Inkjet printing is a non-contact technology enabling users to print direct-to-shape, onto curved or textured substrates. Switching to inkjet printing offers fully flexible, print-on-demand capabilities and delivers the cost savings associated with reduced inventory and late point product differentiation.

Robotic inkjet is a groundbreaking technology enabling manufacturers to integrate direct-to-shape printing into production lines to achieve mechanized product handling, efficient load/unload and direct to product printing on complex 3D products using robotic systems up to six axes.

Selecting a Robotic Inkjet Solution

As with any robotic application, it is important to find an integrator proficient in both robotic handling and the applied technology. Cyan Tec uniquely combines robotic integration capability with inkjet expertise, enabling customers to be confident of a right-first-time solution suitable for their application and price expectations.

Robotic inkjet buyers first seek the advice of an experienced robotic integrator and it is a distinct advantage to find an integrator who combines inkjet capability with knowledge of inline integration, cycle times, load/unload, automation and robotic handling.

Configuring Robotic Inkjet Solutions

Robotic inkjet solutions require a combination of expert print configurations and robotic integration capability. Cyan Tec has an enviable reputation as one of the leading integrators of robotics in the UK, demonstrated by its advantageous relationships with Fanuc, ABB, Mitsubishi and Staubli. It has a proven track record in robotic integration and can demonstrate its capabilities with 6 Axis, 4 and 5 Axis Scara, Delta and intelligent vision robots.

Cyan Tec’s inkjet experts guide customers through the complex selection of printhead, ink/coating, automation and pre/post treatments ensuring robust production ready robotic inkjet solutions.

Adding-Value with Inkjet Printing

Inkjet printing is transforming production environments and reducing process costs by offering direct-to-product, inline printing. The prospects for product or component manufactures to add value through full-colour product enhancement and mass customization are endless. The benefits of fully flexible printing offer exciting marketing, product augmentation and personalization opportunities.

Expert integrators like Cyan Tec enable end-users to explore whether inkjet is suitable for their application and budget because like any technology inkjet offers greater advantages to some applications than others.

What to Consider When Selecting a Robotic Inkjet Supplier

Robotic inkjet solutions require advanced 3D design capabilities, state-of-the-art robotic engineering and specialist software development. It is important therefore to select an integrator with proven capabilities in robotics and inkjet integration. Cyan Tec is one of only a handful of suppliers with this specialized robotics and inkjet capability. It has a proven track record of supplying systems to global blue-chip customers, with demanding print requirements. Cyan Tec’s multi-disciplined engineers offer expert advice on inkjet integration and the optimal selection of printer elements. Customers rely on Cyan Tec’s advanced engineering design, pre-build customer design sign-off, rigorous pre-delivery system testing, dedicated multi-discipline installation engineers and onsite post-sales support and training.