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Using Proof of Principle to develop a Bag Folding Machine


With the increasing need to automate difficult manufacturing processes to achieve efficiencies, the PoP (Proof of Principle) approach is becoming a smart stepping-stone for automation projects while also minimising risk. This is especially so with manufacturing processes for which there is not an obvious automation solution.

A manually intensive operation of folding medical bags is a recent example of where a PoP approach progressed to a full automation project. Following brain storming meetings by our design team, an innovative automation concept evolved which in principle seemed viable. However to prove out our design and to retire the risk, it was decided to progress to a PoP robotic station.

After the success of this PoP trial, a fully automated machine was developed and is now in full production producing 20 folded bags/minute. By using robotics, vision systems and unique mechanisms bags are folded and placed into trays. The technologies deployed in this machine can also be adapted to other bag sizes.

If you have a process which could benefit from a PoP approach, then we would be pleased to discuss it with you.

 

Microscopic Medical Ribbon Vision Inspection

Microscopic Medical Ribbon Vision Inspection

On a recent project for a major manufacturer of minimally invasive medical devices, Ward Automation was required to develop a technology capable of non-contact detection of a high precision medical ribbon. To deal with this challenge, our Engineers researched available technologies and selected an Ultra Narrow Field of view camera. The technology is now inContinue Reading

Medical Technology Ireland Expo & Conference 2017

Ward Automation are proud to exhibit at The International Medical Device Technology Exhibition in Galway 27-28th September 2017. See us on the second floor at stand 108! Medical Technology Ireland is a high-profile National and International event attracting global suppliers to the crème of the Irish Medical Device Industry. Taking centre stage at the world renowned Ballybrit RacecourseContinue Reading

Collaborative Robots at Ward Automation

Collaborative Robots at Ward Automation

The latest example of an emerging technology which we are embracing is collaborative robotics or “cobots”.  Cobots are the latest generation of robots being implemented in industrial applications, as they can be integrated to work safely alongside operators in a factory environment. The pictured dual arm ABB YUMI cobot is presently in our Sligo facility,Continue Reading

O-ring Assembly

O-ring Assembly

A leading global med-device company approached Ward Automation with a project to automate the assembly process for some of their products. One key part of this project was the assembly of a barrier coated O-ring onto a plastic component at a rate of 35ppm. However any over stretching of the o-ring during assembly would damageContinue Reading

Engineering Expo Sligo IT

Engineering Expo Sligo IT

Get ready for the biggest Engineering Expo the region has ever seen. The Engineering Expo is an interactive, information sharing event which is a new and exciting collaboration between IT Sligo and Industry. It is a chance for potential engineering students to gain knowledge of companies, interact with alumni and network with professional engineers. Participants at theContinue Reading

Manufacturing Event 2017

Manufacturing Event 2017

We had an exciting day at The National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition in Dublin. The collaborative robot we had with us allowed visitors to our stand grasp how we integrate the latest technologies in our designs. See our Project Engineer Kenny Ward interviewed at the event.  

Showcasing at Manufacturing Event 2017!

Showcasing at Manufacturing Event 2017!

We will be exhibiting at the National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition 31st January 2017. We look forward to showcasing and speaking to you about some of our latest innovations! Come and talk to us at Stand 98, just down from the entrance towards the main stage.  

Ward Automation sponsors Sligo IT’s graduation award

Ward Automation sponsors Sligo IT’s graduation award

IT Sligo hosted its Conferring Ceremonies for the Institute’s graduating class of 2016 on November 3rd and 4th in the Institute’s Knocknarea Arena. Ward Automation were delighted to be a sponsor at the ceremony. John Ward, managing director at Ward Automation presented the Governing Body medal to Brendan Nestor who achieved the highest grade inContinue Reading