“For manufacturers, it’s all about increasing efficiency and yield, waste reduction, accelerating time to production, and plant safety. Selecting the right technology to meet the business challenge is the key for manufacturers,” says Michael Gurney, CEO of Concept Systems, Inc.
Concept Systems provides automation solutions to solve manufacturing problems in a variety of industries. The company’s engineers always work closely with the client's in-house staff to spot risk and understand the business vision and technical details of their manufacturing processes. “We can develop a custom robotic workcell to solve complex manufacturing challenges,” states Gurney.
“We stay current with a broad range of robotics, sensing, safety, and control technologies.” This enables Concept Systems to choose the most suitable technology to solve a manufacturer’s problems.
Selecting the right technology to meet the business challenge is the key for manufacturers
Workcells are designed to be flexible and adaptive in order to interact safely and effectively with employees, which reduces risk and increases production.
With the acceleration of emerging technologies, it’s hard for most companies to keep up with the new developments in robotics and sensing technology. “We have a thorough understanding of the latest advancements in sensing technologies, adaptive software, best-in-the-class robots, and smart safety technologies,” states Gurney. Concept Systems invests heavily in training to ensure engineers stay apprised of a wide range of technologies offered by multiple companies. They guide clients to the technologies that are best suited for their situation, integrating multiple systems and a variety of existing equipment. The company’s material tagging product—BilletID, for instance, integrates a 3D laser scanner, a six-axis robot, an SQL database, and other components.
BilletID is designed to operate its designated tasks without the need for human supervision, welding a tag to each billet of steel and verifying that it was done correctly. Briefly, it is a robotic tagging system which keeps track of billets in the manufacturing process. The automated system welds an identification tag containing manufacturing data in human-readable and barcode form to each billet conveyed from the caster.
According to the CEO, the kind of expertise exhibited through the company’s offerings is by no means an accident, but by design. The company also supports programs that encourage students to get involved in robotics, engineering, and automation sciences. “We believe in ensuring that our society is well served by keeping a steady flow of engineers coming from our universities,” concludes Gurney.