Not All Integrators Are The Same: How Navus’ Programming Makes Us Stand Out Above Others

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We don’t have to tell you about the challenges and complexity of making the different systems in your facility communicate and work together. If you find managing line production day-to-day feels more like a nightmare than the smooth process it should be, you may be partnered with the wrong automation integrator. Choosing the right automation integration partner makes all the difference in how well your systems run, their impact on your day, and the future growth of your company.

No matter what challenge you’re facing in your facility, different automation integrators will always come up with different ways to resolve your challenges. When choosing a partner, it comes down to choosing the smartest solution possible for your company. Integration isn’t just about solving your current challenge, it’s also about looking to the future and seeing possibilities for the success of your business that your current integration partner may not have considered. 

Our team at Navus has proven we stand out above other integrators with our knack for seeing what others didn’t, and applying ingenuity to not only solve immediate complex challenges for our clients, but also to think towards the future and how our turn-key systems can provide intelligent solutions that consider future challenges your company may face. In this blog series we explore how the work that we’ve done sets Navus apart from other integrators.

Additive Manufacturing With Metal Alloy

Additive manufacturing has taken the world by storm in the last several years. While it’s been around since the 1980s, it’s become more of a practical choice for manufacturers as the concept has gotten more advanced, and demand for a manufacturer’s products has increased past the traditional modes of manufacturing. 

A client recently approached us with the need for a robotic gantry that could handle additive manufacturing of 3D metal alloy objects in medium and heavy industry settings. The objects themselves needed to be made with multiple different metal alloys. They essentially needed an industrial 3D printer that could switch between materials seamlessly.

Our client needed a new robotic gantry that could work with one they currently owned. In addition, they needed new, custom software that could anticipate all of their needs and keep both gantries calibrated and working correctly. 

Custom Software for a Robotic Gantry

A robotic gantry without the right software is similar to buying a computer without an operating system. It’s a machine that can accomplish marvelous things, but without the right programming, it’s nothing but an elaborate shell. It was crucial that our client have new custom software to keep both gantries, their current gantry and the one we were building, coordinated. 

Building custom software that integrates existing processes and equipment, which may have been built by a different integrator, and new processes and equipment is a daunting task. The new process merged both gantries together across 13 different axes and kept everything working together within a tolerance of 1mm of welding wire. The intricacy and complexity of what was required of this software was a daunting task. But it wasn’t too daunting for our engineers. 

The end result of this project was a brand new process that combined the old with the new and unique. Our newly built robotic gantry was put on the same track as the one already in place. Our custom software ensured the entire system was calibrated so all 13 axes worked together seamlessly within 1mm of welding wire, and that the robot knew where everything was within a 3D space at all times.

The additive manufacturing process we created could use multiple metal alloys within the same part, allowing our client to create objects with one kind of metal on the inside, and a different one on the outside, or a combination of different metals in different parts of the object. This is something made completely possible through additive manufacturing that could never be achieved through a traditional casting process. 

How Did We Do It?

Our client wanted an addition to their gantry so they could do consistent additive manufacturing with metal alloy in their facility, but they also needed a custom software that kept the robotic gantry our team created working properly.

The biggest challenges we faced were ensuring that axes were coordinated to work together, and blending the real world with the 3D printing world. Both required an enormous amount of calibration and testing.

The system we designed:

  • Gave our client the capability to print 3D parts with metal alloys
  • Kept all of the axes calibrated so they could use the system without fear of it failing 
  • Programmed the robot so it knows where everything is within the 3D space of the gantry
  • Allowed our client to create 3D objects made from multiple types of metal materials

The result? With this new process, our client is able to print objects using metal alloys. If you’re curious how we could help you and your company in a similar way, contact a member of our team today!

Why Are Navus’ Solutions Smarter Than Other Automation Integrators’ Solutions?

It all comes down to our team at Navus. Every one of our engineers is passionate about solving specific challenges for every single one of our clients who partners with us. Our experience, ability to think outside of the box, and passion make all of the difference in ensuring our turn-key system solutions accomplish what other automation integrators can’t. Partnering with Navus isn’t just about figuring out a solution for your current challenges. With every client we partner with, we promise to bring new ideas and solutions to the table that create future possibilities for your manufacturing space, and the future growth of your company. 

Navus Automation, Inc., is a leading full-service automation integrator. Our world-class team has a reputation for applying ingenuity to solve complex challenges and deliver customized turn-key systems solutions. From concept to completion, Navus provides robotic welding and automation systems built upon our unwavering commitment to excellence, precision, and reliability.

For more information on how our team can help you solve complex challenges in your manufacturing facility, reach out to us today!

White Paper: Transforming Medium-Industry Manufacturing Through Vision-Guided Robotics and CAD to Path Generation

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Automation using robotics isn’t a new concept in the world of manufacturing, but many industries are still discovering robotics’ endless possibilities. Medium-industry manufacturing is associated with automotive, aluminum die casting, and durable goods, but residential construction falls into the same category. Building a prefabricated residential structure may seem like it’s a heavy-industry project, but it’s really a lot of medium-industry pieces combined to create one finished product, much like a car.

The latest free white paper we’ve published features a medium-industry project that introduced automation to the featured clients’ facility. Our client had historically had their employees manually measure and cut all of the floorboards needed for a prefabricated residential building. The issue with a manual process lies in the room for human error. Each floorboard piece had different required measurements in order to match the layout of multiple building plans. Employees at their manufacturing facility measured, cut, and organized each floorboard with their own hands. Our clients knew there had to be a more efficient and precise way to complete this part of their process.

Our engineers are always excited to design a new process for a client, but this project was particularly exciting. Our clients had no other automated processes within their facilities. The process our engineers designed would be the first for the entire company. 

Our clients needed a process that could translate building plans from two dimensional CAD drawings to finished floorboards, cut, stacked, and organized in order of their use in the downstream process. The automated system required vision-guided robotics, custom software, and adaptability with minimal input from an operator.

Though the project seemed complicated, our engineering team knew they could design a system that met all of our clients’ needs, as well as delivering faster production times and decreased safety risks for employees within their facility. The result of our engineers’ expertise was an easy-to-use-system that integrated with their other processes to deliver finished products faster than they thought possible.

In this free white paper, you’ll discover how this custom, adaptable system:

  • Decreases safety risks to employees through remote operation
  • Creates more revenue through increased throughput
  • Saves time and money through decreased production time
  • Eliminates the possibility of human errors with precise measurements translated with robotics and custom software to result in cut, organized floorboards

To discover more about how Navus engineers used vision-guided robotics to design a custom automation process that worked for our client’s needs, you can read all about it in the free white paper, Transforming Medium-Industry Manufacturing Through Vision-Guided Robotics and CAD to Path Generation.

Navus Automation Inc. is a leading full-service automation integrator. Our world-class team has a reputation for applying ingenuity to solve complex challenges and deliver customized turn-key systems solutions. From concept to completion, Navus provides robotic welding and automation systems built upon our unwavering commitment to excellence, precision, and reliability

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Feature Project: CAD Translation Using Vision-Guided Robotics

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Medium industrial manufacturing includes projects of all shapes and sizes. From automotive to construction, medium industry manufacturers have a diverse range of production needs. This is why Navus has created a reputation for troubleshooting and envisioning exactly what your facility needs when it comes to a custom automation process. 

The Manufacturing Challenge

In one of our recent feature projects, the client needed something created from nothing. Every process in their manufacturing facility was being done manually. From the most important tasks, to the smallest ones, and everything in between. In order to start a gradual change towards automated processes, our client chose one manual process to replace. The challenge? Their new process needed to translate CAD to path generation using vision-guided robotics.

The Automated Solution

The new automated process our engineers created:

  • Decreased safety risks to employees 
  • Saved time and money for our clients
  • Increased throughput, allowing for higher revenue

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The finished process gave our client even better results than they had dreamed or asked for. Navus Automation Inc. specializes in making the impossible, possible. Our world-class team has a reputation for applying ingenuity to solve complex challenges and deliver customized turn-key systems solutions. From concept to completion, Navus provides robotic welding and automation systems built upon our unwavering commitment to excellence, precision, and reliability.

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