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Fabricante británico de un robot de reparación automática busca socios tecnológicos

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOUK20180601001
Publicado:
04/06/2018
Caducidad:
05/06/2019
Resumen:
Una pyme británica ha desarrollado un robot industrial de reparación automática que utiliza un nuevo método patentado para eliminar fallos en el sistema y paradas imprevistas. El robot se controla mediante un sistema de detección y aislamiento de fallo (FDI). Con este robot se evitan paradas imprevistas en la línea de producción, lo que se traduce en un incremento de la productividad. Las ventajas son incluso mayores cuando el sistema se utiliza en entornos inaccesibles, como reactores nucleares o plantas en las que se manipulan materiales peligrosos. La empresa busca socios europeos interesados en continuar con el desarrollo y establecer acuerdos de cooperación técnica (fase de prueba de concepto) y acuerdos de licencia.

Details

Tittle:
Technical partners sought for self-repairing industrial robot system.
Summary:
A UK SME has developed a self-repairing industrial robot system using a patented novel method which eliminates planned and unplanned downtime and system failures. They are now seeking technical partners to further develop the innovation, via technical cooperation agreement, to a proof of concept stage but they are also open to license agreements.
Description:
A UK SME has invented a new concept for self-repairing industrial robots that eliminate planned and unplanned downtimes.

Currently manufacturers who use robots and hydraulic machinery have to deal with frequent downtimes, outages and system failures. They utilise online monitoring to anticipate the failed component, and then schedule to replace the anticipated failed component which impacts their production flow which in turn has an effect on their overall revenue. The systems have to be repaired manually by a technician or engineer which can sometimes take a while depending on the type of failure that has occurred.

The art aims to eliminate planned and unplanned downtime in robots operating within a cell. The system utilises dual drive redundancy on one or more joints, and implements state of the art motors. The system is monitored by a fault detection and fault isolation (FDI) system.

The FDI system detects, identifies, switches off, isolates the failed drive, and engages the second motor instantly. A repair robot is then deployed to remove and replace the faulty drive, without stopping or hindering the on going operation.

Therefore, the main advantages of this system include the elimination of planned/unplanned downtime, which means there will be no stoppage in the production line, hence increasing productivity.

The advantages are even greater when the system is employed in inaccessible environments such as nuclear reactors or plants that handle hazardous materials.

The SME is now seeking European collaborative partners with whom he can form mutually beneficial technical cooperation agreements for further development of this concept with the opportunity to also license the technology for the appropriate partners.
Advantages and Innovations:
The main advantages of this system include the elimination of planned/unplanned downtime, which means there will be no stoppage in the production line, hence increasing productivity.

The advantages are even greater when the system is employed in inaccessible environments such as nuclear reactors or plants that handle hazardous materials.
Stage of Development:
Concept stage
IPs:
Secret Know-how,Design Rights,Patents granted
CommeR Statunts Regarding IPR Status:
EU Granted Patent

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
Looking for partners to form mutually beneficial technical collaborations/agreements to further develop the concept to stage where it can be demonstrated for commercialisation to prospective end users and large scale manufacturers.

Technical Partners Sought:

Engineering and Electrical organisations whom can further develop the concept to a physical demonstration stage which can be then used to attract further public and private investment.

Licensing Partners: There is also the option to license this to the appropriate organisation who see this as an opportunity further down the line.

Roles:

To help develop quick release motor drives that are adapted for all industrial robots so that they can be replaced quickly and efficiently during a failure.

To further design and develop the concept to a physical demonstration stage in pilot test environment.

Client

Type and Size of Client:
Inventor
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
No
Languages Spoken:
Arabic
English

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
02004 Diseño de planta y mantenimiento
02002009 Machine Tools
02003001 Process automation
10001005 Protección contra la radiación
02003006 Prototipos, ensayos y proyectos piloto