Publication date: 07 April 2017
They are fast, agile and skillful. They can perform complex activities and operations - in the most delicate manner and with extreme accuracy. No, we don’t talk about a team of experienced surgeons. We are talking here about the mechanical arms at the international exhibition for industrial machinery, equipment and tools MachTech InnoTech & Expo 2017, held in Sofia Inter Expo Center from 4 to 7 April.
Walking through the halls of the specialized forum you will notice: the mechanical arms are everywhere!
They play chess ...
"Corporate robots are among the highlights of our participation," says Momchil Yakimov, "Head of sales" in Soltex Ltd, CAD / CAM department. He points out the two collaborative robots placed on a special worktop. There is s chessboard placed between the two machines. Small machines differ from their large-size similars for the compact size, and because they copy/paste the mechanic properties of the human arm. This allows them to work where high precision is required.
Trying to show the limitless possibilities of "mechanical arms", the exhibitors from Soltex Ltd have designed a chess game between Veselin Topalov and Ruslan Ponomarev. "I wish MachTech InnoTech & Expo kept following the same upward trend," says Momchil Yakimov, pointing out the increased exhibition space at the specialized forum this year.
Some are designed for industry
Visiting the many booths in the exhibition halls, we keep finding impressive machinery. Such us those by Panasonic - located in the booth of Euromarket Metal. "Our robots are welding, covering the entire process," says Georgi Mitev, sales engineer at Panasonic. He specifies welding industry to be a potential field of application for the two specialized robots. "The future of these machines is that they become more flexible and integrated for welding of different products," he says.
"You can see YASKAWA robots at our booth", says Zdravko Zdravkov, representative of "Kammarton Bulgaria". The main application is welding, wear and move, he adds, specifying some of the machines. Zdravko Zdravkov is certain that these machines are suitable for repetitive processes and mass production because the mechanical arms can repeat many times the same movement with great precision – up to eight thousandths of a millimeter! They are also suitable for use in areas threatening human health and life. "The future of production is robotization," predicts Mr.Zdravkov.
Robots have long been producing robots, too...
While in fact, robots have long been producing robots, reminds us Ivaylo Ivanov, maintenance engineer at Aramet Robotics, that has a booth exhibiting several "mechanical" pieces. "Such robots in our country are mainly used for welding, but can be applied in many other areas, such as medicine," he says.
"These are demo robots", he shows the two robots located at one end of the counter Stoyan Tonev, Sales Manager at Hoffman Consult Bulgaria. This year robotics is the main focus of the company. "We believe that this industry has a future in Bulgaria," said Tonev. Placed in a modern container, both machines definitely reinforce their excellent reputation because since the start of the exhibition they keep carrying out complex operations and movements under the prying eyes of visitors who can follow live every move they make, thanks to the transparent walls.