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Enhanced Software Platform for Dimensional Control of Industrial Robots Released

INSPHERE has announced the latest version of its powerful ORA software platform that simplifies the integration of dimensional coordinate data with industrial robots to improve alignment, accuracy and process control of automated production.

ORA works as part of the IONA system, the flagship INSPHERE product that enables real-time tracking and correction of automated manufacturing processes utilizing industrial robots.

The latest software release allows the system to be fully integrated with the robot controller, communicating in the native robot programming language allowing the system to operate autonomously with data and corrections called up from the robot program or PLC without the need for operator intervention.

Similarly the ORA software now integrates with the broader factory network enabling other platforms such as the MES (manufacturing execution system), digital twin simulations or SPC process control software to automatically call up data from IONA as required. This provides a truly integrated production solution that expands and simplifies how this type of unique data can be utilized to improve production.

Ben Adeline, INSPERE CEO states – “This new version of the ORA software creates an inflection point in the simplification and accessibility of intelligent automation. It removes the need for highly skilled automation or metrology engineers and bespoke programming to fully integrate a measurement system such as IONA with the day to day operation of production robots. Manufacturers can now adopt intelligent automation and enhance production capability with a full integrated, off the shelf solution.”

INSPHERE was co-founded in 2013 to develop the use of data to drive manufacturing process performance. The company works across a range of industries including aerospace, automotive and energy, and with clients such as Airbus, Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems and Jaguar Land Rover to deliver profitability and productivity with their innovative data driven hardware and software solutions.

Measurement technologies are typically used at the end of the production line where discovered faults or defective parts mean they are either scrapped or require expensive re-work. INSPHERE’s philosophy has always been to counter this traditional approach and use measurement data to enhance the process so that root causes in the production line can be identified early on and manufacturers can overcome costly downtime and the consequences of poor-quality parts when problems are unresolved.

INSPHERE’s growing portfolio of technology operate in real-time, automatically measuring the performance of manufacturing systems and instructing self-correction, creating a closed-loop control systems. This not only avoids downtime but also provides significantly quicker line set-up, reducing waste, improving productivity and ultimately enhancing profitability for manufacturers.

Industry Trend and Demand

Automation is experiencing significant growth, with increased demand for more autonomous, flexible and accurate intelligent robot based solutions. With ever shortening new product introduction cycles, manufacturing systems need to be far more flexible to reduce the cost of producing new product variants. Lack of performance of industrial automation is a barrier to realising the full value of ‘Industry 4.0’ technologies that purport to offer a solution to these challenges.

INSPHERE will be exhibiting at Automatica, Munich 21-24 June. Stand B6.500 where a live demo of IONA and ORA will be displayed.

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