RTS Flexmill™moves into the aerospace industry

Industrial Robot

ISSN: 0143-991x

Article publication date: 1 February 2000




(2000), "RTS Flexmill™moves into the aerospace industry", Industrial Robot, Vol. 27 No. 1. https://doi.org/10.1108/ir.2000.04927aaf.009



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RTS Flexmill™moves into the aerospace industry

RTS Flexmill™moves into the aerospace industry

Keywords: Robotics, Technology, Aerospace industry

RTS (Robotic Technology Systems plc) is pleased to announce receipt of an order from Volvo Aero Corporation for the RTS Flexmill™work-arm robot milling system. Diversifying into the aerospace industry, Flexmill™is once again proving its versatility and adaptability for advanced milling, grinding and deburring applications.

This new turnkey system, which will be deployed later this year in Sweden, will be used in the manufacture of aircraft engines, deburring the basic jet engine frame while providing additional functionality beyond the constraints of previous automated solutions (see Figure 3).

The Flexmill™system comprises the following RTS products:

  • RTS robot guidance software, based on the VIP™concept (Vision Integration Platform), for automatic generation of deburring programmes;

  • RTS TCP - a programme for automatic control and determination of new work piece tools; and

  • RTS FMU - a 3D user interface which automatically controls and monitors all equipment within the cell.

Figure 3 RTS Flexmill™ deburring application

In addition to the specialised RTS products and integration expertise, the Flexmill™cell will also incorporate: a standard ABB IRB 4400F-60 robot, workbench, tool change system, rack, appropriate spindle motors and safety system.

For further information contact Susan Jones, RTS Thurnall plc, Northbank Industrial Park, Irlam, Manchester M44 5AY, UK. Tel: (+44) 0161 777 2000; Fax: (+44) 0161 777 2002; E-mail: suejones@rtsthurnall.co.uk

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