Robots the solution to manufacturing viability

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram With many sectors of Australian manufacturing doing it tough, the CSIRO – the Commonwealth science body – says that new robotic technology has the potential to increase manufacturing safety and profits, and at the same time secure, rather than threaten jobs for Australian workers.Since 2008 more than 100,000 manufacturing jobs have been lost in Australia, but a CSIRO white paper released this week claims that new systems designed to enhance workers’ skills, not replace them, could revolutionise manufacturing. The paper outlines how the current robotic systems that are available to manufacturers are built for high volume mass-manufacturing, but that new economic drivers require manufacturers to focus more on low-volume, highly customised and high value-adding products.Known as Lightweight Assistive Manufacturing Solutions, the new technology includes virtual reality headsets and smart robots which can be taught to multi-task and which can be controlled over the internet.Dr Peter Kambouris, co-author of the paper and the CSIRO’s business development manager, says that with manufacturers shifting away from large-volume production to mass customisation, companies need more flexible systems to deliver more customised products. “This white paper seeks to highlight these trends, and present solutions which will enable Australian industry to address these challenges,” says Dr Kambouris. “Industrial automation used in manufacturing today is limited, but developments in ICT and robotics present Australia with an opportunity to change the way we manufacture.”Kambouris and his colleagues believe lightweight robotics and advanced ICT systems are a crucial tool for manufacturing to meet its challenges.A virtual headset called ReMote is one of the systems being trialled. Using a head-mounted camera the wearer (worker) is able to ‘beam’ what they can see to someone else (expert/helper) in a remote location. The helper is then able to project their hand gestures onto whatever the worker is looking at, and virtually show them how to fix an issue or conduct a repair.Systems like ReMote have been designed with safety in mind, allowing workers to operate in hazardous environments and more safely execute complex tasks.“Our focus has been on creating systems which can help people and businesses work safer and smarter. “Consultation with industry has shown that safety, flexibility and affordability are the three drivers for Australian industry,” says Dr Kambouris.With the computer technologies able to be installed in real factories within months, integrating the new robotic technologies is a longer-term prospect. The first implementation of the new technology is likely to be seen in areas such as mining.last_img read more


Illegal arms factory unearthed at Kultali 2 held

first_imgKolkata: The Special Operation Group (SOG) Baruipur District Police and Kultali police station have unearthed an illegal arms factory at Kultali in South 24-Parganas on Thursday night.During a search operation police seized several firearms, unfinished firearms and apparatus for manufacturing such firearms. Two persons have been arrested in this raid. Sources informed that the sleuths are suspecting more persons are involved in this matter. According to the police, Baruipur District Police got a tip-off on Thursday about an illegal arms factory that is operational at Ambikanagar in Kultali. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe police identified a house owned by one Biswanath Mondal. After the sleuths were sure that Biswanath is the person behind running of the arms factory, Baruipur Police and Kultali police station formed a team and raided his house late on Thursday night. During the raid, the sleuths found 4 long single barrel firearms, 2 one shoter pipe gun, 6 rounds of live ammunition, six live bombs and some unfinished firearms. Several apparatus such as iron pipes, springs, wooden long arms bats, iron rods, firing pins, a drill machine, a polish Machine, a hand lathe machine and a few iron blades were also recovered. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedPolice have also arrested another person identified as Bikash Mondal from there. After interrogating the duo, the sleuths came to know about a person from Bihar who used to manufacture the firearms and he has gone to Bihar to celebrate Chhath. Before this person came to Bengal, several miscreants used to manufacture arms using Biswanath’s house. They used to manufacture small firearms — the sound produced while making those were very low. Thus, no one in the area suspected something fishy. Sources informed that police will take the duo in to custody and will interrogate for more information. The sleuths are also checking if any more illegal firearms factory is being operational in any part of the district.last_img read more