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In recent months, we could not complain about the excess  of free time. Apart from the IV Conference Automation and Robotics in Industry, there was a lot going on.

 

Top Industry Diamonds

October 27

Alnea was nominated for Top Industry Diamonds. It is a great distinction to be among such companies as Balluff  or  Fanuc.

 

Warsaw Industry  Week

 

8th-10th November

Warsaw Industry Week is a very fast-growing trade fair in Poland. We could not miss them. Our stand could be visited in the zone of the Metalworking Cluster, of which Alnea is a member.

At the same time, the fair is accompanied by various conferences. Krzysztof Kamiński – CEO of Alnea had the opportunity to present the presentation”Virtual modeling of production processes as the first step to creating a digital twin”during the IV Edition of the Conference  “INSTRUMENTS OF INDUSTRY 4.0”.

 

 

Congress of the Future

The Congress of the Future is one of the most interesting initiatives of Jarosław Tokarczyk from the WM Group. It brings together activists, activists, local government officials, business people and local associations. The congress discusses topics related to health, personal development, technologies and the region.

Alnea participated on November 18 in the fifth edition of the Congress. We arrived with our mobile robot to the robotics zone, where our partners from ERKO and KUKA were also located.

 

 

 

Krzysztof Kamiński as the president of Alnea, but also the initiator of the Association for the Support of Entrepreneurship in Warmia, Mazury and Powiśle – Inceptum, together with Vice President Patryk Jabłoński led a discussion panel Green Automation and Digitization.

 

 

 

VII Congress of KUKA Integrators

As a partner of KUKA, we visited the headquarters of the orange robot supplier in Tychy. On November 25, we took part in a conference dominated by topics related to robotics, safety and control.  In the evening, a ceremonial banquet was held, at which the best integrators of the year were honored. Alnea has already stood on the podium twice – in 2016 and in 2019.  The performance was graced by Rafał Rutkowski’s standup, so it was really fun.

The way to success

In 2020, we received an award in the “Chance for success” competition, and along with the award, congratulations from the President of the Republic of Poland – Andrzej Duda. On December 14, Krzysztof Kamiński will take part in a discussion panel at the conference “Factors and barriers to success on examples of projects awarded over a period of 20 years in the nationwide competition “A way to success”.

Alnea on 1st place “Way to success” – Congratulations from President of Poland

 

EDIH

We are constantly working with consortium members – WM Group, UWM, Erko in creating documentation for the application for the creation of EDIH. The European  Digital  Innvation  Hub has a chance to be created in our province, so you keep your fingers crossed.

 

FAIRP

That’s not all. Alnea became a member of the Forum of Automation and Polish Robotics. Together with such companies as Astor, AIUT, under the leadership of Marek Gabryś, Tomasz Haiduk  and Stefan Życzkowski, we want to work to popularize robotics. And the entry of the New Deal with relief for robotization will only help us in this.

 

Alnea always at full speed.

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The 4th Conference Automation and Robotics of Industry

The 4th Conference Automation and Robotization of Industry is the largest event of this type in North-Eastern Poland. Targeted at manufacturing companies and integrators, it offers a high substantive level of knowledge about implementing innovations in factories. Automation and robotization are an important direction of changes that are so important for regional companies that want to remain competitive on the Polish and global market.

 

Our Mission

We want to bring the knowledge of A&R closer to the entrepreneurs of our region and neighboring voivodeships so that more and more companies gain knowledge on how to adapt their production to the requirements of the modern market. We focus on the practical aspects of development towards automation and digitization as well as specific, already implemented technological solutions.

Main topics

Managing competences in Industry 4.0. Janusz Jakiela KUKA

Monitoring the condition of machines, Daniel Oszczeda Balluff

Feeding systems in the production process – flex feeding. Mateusz Gierczak, GM Automatyka

Internationalisation of companiec. Sebastian Rynkiewicz, Metalprocessing Cluster

This year we propose two conference days. October 13 will be an open day for children, parents, automation and robotics enthusiasts and hobbyists. October 14 will be a day of lectures and screenings that will be streamed live by Gazeta Olsztynska on Social Media. All materials will be later available on the website www.alnea.pl in the knowledge base and on YouTube.

 

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Alnea is a finalist of the competition “Steersman. All ahead”

We are very pleased to announce that Alnea is a finalist of the “Steersman. All ahead.” During the gala on September 3 at the Anders Hotel**** in Stare Jabłonki, the jury of the competition distinguished enterprises and organizations that through a number of activities faced many different problems of the crisis. Alnea was awarded as a finalist. Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to the organizers of the competition and the chapter.

 

Facing challenges

2020 was a really difficult year. Many companies have faced challenges that have sometimes proven to be the cause of positive change and growth. Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego BGK was looking for such enterprises. Competition “Steersman. All ahead.”  was to show how companies were coping during the pandemic, restrictions, lockdowns  and broken supply chains.

Competition criteria

The competition was addressed to companies (micro, small, medium and large enterprises), public and local administration units, hospitals, as well as NGOs. The criteria of the competition refer to eight areas such as: leader, unconventional solutions, employment, pro-social activity, values, means, investments, new markets. The application had to describe how the company coped with the difficult time, taking into account the previously mentioned areas.

 

Alnea – small can be large

Alnea is not a big company. But it turns out that small can be large. Rapid adaptation to new conditions, support received as part of the protective shield allowed us to survive this most difficult period of great unknowns. We have always been focused on keeping the whole team because this is our motto of the family business. At the same time, we do not cease in our activities to popularize automation and robotization using our experience in system integration and robotics.

Steersman. All ahead.

The Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship is neither the richest nor the most developed. However, we have another advantage, i.e. beautiful nature, which allows us to live more peacefully, without haste, surrounded by the greenery of forests and the blue of lakes. The last ones are referred to by the Steersman competition – after all, it concerns ship captains who not only reach subsequent ports, but also sail at full speed and “all ahead”.

 

Alnea Activities

Alnea’s activities have already been awarded many times – Vector 2018, Laurel the Best of the Best 2019, Way tor Success 2020. Our activities for the benefit of the region, supporting entrepreneurship, development of technical education and implementation of new technologies are appreciated, although for us more than the award counts the effect, i.e. the development of our region in which we live.

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Production lines – automation and robotization of production processes

Manufacturing companies are now facing increasing demands on the speed, quality and customization of  the production of goods and goods. The last few years indicate an increasing need for changes and development of Polish companies. Integrators are getting more and more inquiries about production lines, which means that automation and robotization of production processes is playing an increasingly important role.

 

Production processes

Production processes are all activities that affect the production of products. They cover the  entire value chain – transport, storage, material flows and direct actions on the raw materials, components and details that make up our final product. An important element are also technological processes related to, for example, soldering, gluing, welding, cooling, i.e. in general physico-chemical phenomena to which the product or its elements are subjected.

Types of production lines

The pioneer of production lines is considered to be the American tycoon Henry Ford, who more than a hundred years ago organized production processes in one sequence. Although, in fact, the very departure from the manufactory forced similar solutions in production companies. Although the lines were created, they now cover all industries and thanks to them most of the goods available on the market are mass-produced.

                Manual lines

Manual lines are an organized sequence of processes in which all actions are performed by operators. An example would be, for example, a packaging line. At the conveyor belt on both sides there are employees performing on the koela activities – laying cardboard boxes, inserting furniture, spacers, screws and finally close the lid and palletize the finished package. Such a line can be efficient, requires an efficient flow of details and a large organization of employees who are basically irreplaceable in it.

                Semi-automatic lines

Semi-automatic lines are equipped with a conveyor system and equipment that helps with assembly or other processes. Such a semi-automatic line can be a production line of lamp assembly. Thepalletsbetween the individualstationsare slowly replenished  by operators thanks to automatic screwdrivers, testers, etc.

Semi-automatic lines can also have robotic sections, but between them there is always an operator station that performs some of the tasks independently

                Robotic lines, automatic lines

Automatic lines are a string of automatic stations that perform a programmed sequence of actions one by one. The operator only added components, received products and watches over the correctness of processes. Yes! With automatic lines, a human is also needed. Robotic lines are advanced manufacturing centers that, although quite expensive to buy, allow you to maintain quality and stabilize production.

               Assembly stations, test benches

Sometimes we don’t need a production line. All you need is, for example, an assembly station or a test stand. With uncomplicated applications, a properly designed human-operated station is not only more efficient, but also cheaper.

 

We build production lines

At Alnea, we have many years of experience in designing and building production lines, robotic lines, testers and assembly stations. We come to the customer, get to know his needs and requirements, and then we construct the entire machine from scratch. We have competence in the field of line construction and we recommend ourselves for cooperation. Here you can see what we have managed to create in 10 years.

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Automated assembly station

A large part of the production is still carried out in manual or semi-automatic mode. The use of advanced machines is common for components or products with very high precision, but there is still little investment in smaller companies. Assembly processes can be automated, a small change can give a big effect in the form of more stable and accurate production. It also allows you to exploit the potential of the operator.

Which assembly processes are easy to automate?

The simplest assembly processes for automation are usually soldering,twisting, folding (e.g. plastic part of the housing). Of course, some products are manufactured in such a way that automation will be unprofitable, or simply the product requires human intervention in terms of accuracy, manual sense or visual control.

Other  processes  do not directly interfere with the product, but contribute to faster production – e.g.  transport, packaging or palletizing.

Assembly stations

Alnea specializes in the construction  of machines, production lines, but we also create assembly stations. Typical mounting stations can be purchased from many companies. However, we equip our stations with equipment according to the customer’s demand. In addition, we create production testers that increase efficiency and reduce losses associated with further processing of defective or non-compliant products.

 

Semi-automatic assembly

To move away from manual installation, we can use semi-automatic installation. This is a good solution when some processes are easy to automate and others require operator involvement. An example of this is the position where the employee pre-assembles the product and then the machines weld, foil and label it.

Robotic assembly station

Bentley among the production stations is a robotic assembly station. The operator’s task is to deliver components, and integrated robotics and automation systems perform all activities including packaging.

The use of the Horus vision system significantly accelerates the offset of production processes, including assembly processes. Our riveting station for  sub-gutter hooks  has been designed to reduce employee interference.

At Alnea we will design a assembly station for you for the construction industry,  automotive or electronics.

See what robotic assembly looks like

 

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Mashine refurbishment

Restrictions and restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic have caused global changes in global markets such as the collapse of supply chains, container transport problems and  geopolitical unstable situations. Many large corporations are starting to move production to Europe. At the same time, companies want to automate because this is the only way to stabilize and develop.

We create new solutions

We are currently receiving a lot of  inquiries regarding the machines refurbishment. The construction of new machines and the modernization of machines fit perfectly into Alnea‘s portfolio. We have a design department where we make prototypes and create new solutions. We combine electrics, pneumatics and components in a new quality, perfectly adapted to the customer’s needs.

 

Basic activities in the modernization of machines

Each device is different even if we have several different copies – each may have a different way of using components. Basic activities in the modernization of machines:

  • Repair/modification of systems, subassemblies, parts
  • Diagnosis of control systems
  • Mechanical diagnosis
  • Drive replacement
  • Transport conveyors
  • Repair of electrical and pneumatic systems
  • Improving machine productivity

Additional elements

Imported machines are often not the latest, and it is worth stocking them with additional elements that will improve functionality. Such an element can be an HMI panel, which will allow for greater availability of process data and easier machine control.

 

Machine safety

Any interference with the design of the machine must involve the issue of a safety certificate, i.e. a CE. At Alnea, we are modernizing machines  so thatthey do not pose a threat to operators orproducts. We take  care of high quality and equip the stations with safety curtains  or mashine guarding.

Mashine relocation

If your company needs new equipment or has relocated machines, please contact us. We modernize old machines, repair and issue a safety certificate.

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Conveyor system

Conveyor belt design

Efficient transport of materials over short distances would not have been possible without the transport conveyor. It is a reliable system of movement of goods and products in production companies.  A transport conveyor is a device used to transport various materials. It is usually equipped with sliding tape or driven rollers that allow crates, packages, trolleys with semi-finished products, etc.

 

A conveyor belt usually connects specific stations or production bases. It is not a ready-made device – it is usually   built from components, and the nature of the application determines its functionality and construction. The design of the conveyor belt consists  of such elements as:

– legs,

– frame,

– drive unit,

– rollers or sliding tape,

 

Construction of a transport conveyor

Many companies choose to commission a project from well-known companies such as Flexlink   and Haberkorn. The construction of a transport conveyor from such components is not complicated.  At Alnea we made own conveyors and lines for automotive. RFID pallets have been designed to increase control over the production process.

Flexlink conveyor

Haberkorn buffer conveyor system

The buffer after the potting  process consisted of six transmission lanes and an elevator. Each element required a 24-hour dry, so the transport and placement of the various resin-induceed forms mattered. The buffer storage is designed to be expandable in the future.

 

Pallets

Depending on what will be transported with a conveyor, we can distinguish transport belts for bulk or fine materials. Sometimes, however, specially designed transport trolleys or pallets are the essence of optimal operation of the entire conveyor belt.

 

Sensors on transport conveyor

If we want to have perfect control over the transfer of products or the production process, it is worth investing in sensors on transport conveyors. An example is an application in which trays marked with RFID technology circulate on a conveyor with multiple branches. Traffic control is based on advanced algorithmics of lifts and stoppers that direct the pallets with products to designated places.

 

Conveyor on mobile robot

Sometimes multiple conveyors cannot be connected. This is where mobile robots come can help. They can be equipped with a upper adapted to the height of the conveyor, and a small conveyor based on rollers or tape can be built in.

Contact us

At Alnea we know how to design conveyor belts and conveyor belts tailored to the customer’s needs. We have many years of experience in creating production lines. If you need a conveyor belt or conveyor belt – contact us!

 

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Automated soldering

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Our Zeus  Soldering Set is getting more popular. We receive inquiries from France, Uk, Czech Republic, Hungary and Bulgaria. So far, we have been implementing soldering automations mainly on traditional six-axis industrial robots.

Today we are proud to present automated soldering together with collaborative robot for the first time.

Last year we sent Zeus Soldering Set to the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences to the robot lab of Professor Rokossa. On of Prossors’s Rokossa students, Mr. Lennart Kurze, wrote his Bachlor thesis about the integration of Zeus soldering set together with the drag&bot robot operating system and the UR5 cobot from Universal Robots.

 

 

Using the drag&bot OPERATOR PANEL to define the cobots position

drag&bot

drag&bot is a graphical robot operation system for various industrial robots and peripheries. In its portfolio drag&bot supports the use of robots from brand like ABB, KUKA,  Yaskawa or FANUC. The software is very intuitive and user-friendly to use.  In addition, the system supports grippers  from all major manufacturers such as Schmalz,  Schunk  and  Robotiq, as well as vision system from Balluff,  Cognex and Sick.

Use of drag&bot

drag&bot is used in five steps:

  1. Connect Hardware: Robot and soldering set are connected to the Industrial-PC via Ethernet connection
  2. Configure Hardware: In the COMPONENT Manager the basic settings for the hardware is defined
  3. Program Robots: With the BUILDER a robot program sequence is created based on Function blocks (e.g. “move robot”)
  4. Set Parameters: The settings of each function blocks are defined by using graphical – WIZARDS
  5. Run Program: The robot program can be directly tested in the OPERATOR COCKPIT

 

Image 2: Use the drag&bot Trajectory WIZARD to define the robot path

drag&bot

How to prepare programm in drag&bot.

  1. Connect Hardware: Robot and soldering set are connected to the in all IIndustrial-PC via Ethernet connection
  2. Configure Hardware: In the COMPONENT Manager the basic settings for the hardware is defined
  3. Program Robots: With the BUILDER a robot program sequence is created based on Function blocks (e.g. “move robot”)
  4. Set Parameters: The settings of each function blocks are defined by using graphical parameterization – WIZARDS
  5. Run Program: The robot program can be directly tested in the – OPERATOR COCKPIT

Soldering with cobot

The soldering process itself is quite easy to automate. Some components – for automotive, precision electronics or special purposes must be soldered by six-axis robots. However, more and more a soldering application are done by cobots. Using the drag&bot robot software, we now have the ability to implement applications faster and at a lower costs, because – the software can also be operated by worker or technican without extensive robot training. Soldering with cobot also allows us to move the arm “hands-free” mode – so the positions can be quickly adjusted for new applications or product variations.

Research

In his Bachlor thesis Lennart Kurze from Osnabrück University developed a prototype, in which he was implemented a soldering cobot from Universal Robots (UR) with Alnea soldering controller – Zeus using the drag&bot platform as middleware. Unitl now, Alnea integrated all Zeus controllers with on robots themselve. Cobots used for soldering is an interesting technological solution, that is increasingly required in industry.
For the application above, Alnea provided the the communication protocol of the soldering device, which allowed Mr Kuntze to develop a function block for drag&bot using the of Python programming language. The function blocks allows to direcly communicate with the soldering controller, to set e.g. the, solder head or trigger the tin feeder. Thanks to Mr. Kurze’s work, integrators now will be able to configure Alnea’s soldering device themselves using the drag&bot software.

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Automated soldering with drag&bot

Automation

Process automation is becoming easier and more accessible for integrators and end-users. Simplifying program development  and robot operation is a key component of drag&bot.

Soldering automation includes elements such as:

– precise temperature control

– automatic feeding of the exact amount of tin

– mechanical cleaning of the tip

– possibility to add a vision system

– repeatability of the process

Collaborative robots

Collaborative robots working with man or cobots open up a new perspective for production and preparatory processes. Of course, the soldering cobot integrated into the drag&bot platform will still need additional safety measurements, however, it is worth considering this option, which optimizes the production processes in the company.

 

The Alnea Group would like to thank

Lennart Kurze

 for his contribution to the development of the Zeus Soldering Set, for the development of new communication methods and the expansion of the portfolio of robots integrated with the Zeus controller. Mr. Lennart Kurze’s commitment, extensive knowledge and professionalism deserve recognition.

Thank you for your cooperation and we wish you professional success in the future.

 

 

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Bet on industrial robots – 2020 summary in Alnea

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When the crisis was hanging in 2019, we feared the collapse of bitcoin, the difficulties of Brexit and possibly customs wars. But no one expected the nightmare of a global epidemic like the one 100 years ago to return to the 21st century – schools, shops, museums and factories. Uncertainty about the future is the most unfavourable conditions for economic development. After all, Polish entrepreneurs have handled the situation quite well. Many companies have focused on robots, thanks to which they have implemented new machines and invested profiteerly in production.

 

Come back with shield

War time wishes to come back with a shield, not on the shield now have a double meaning. State aid proved to be needed due to the heavy burden of the tributes to Fiskus and the ESM. Our company benefited from the support which helped us survive the most difficult months.

New production lines/h2>

We could not complain about the lack of orders this year. Production lines, robotic stations and testers, which is basically the majority of our portfolio went to customers from all over Polish.

In 2020, the Alnea team made new implementations:

– 4 advanced factory visualizations

– 1 production line with robotic workstation

– 1 assembly line

– 1 repair line with industrial robots

– 5 production testers

We also visited 36 companies, prepared and executed many offers, testing solutions for our customers.

New production lines/h2>

We could not complain about the lack of orders this year. Production lines, robotic stations and testers, which is basically the majority of our portfolio went to customers from all over Polish.

In 2020, the Alnea team made new implementations:

– 4 advanced factory visualizations

– 1 production line with robotic workstation

– 1 assembly line

– 1 repair line with industrial robots

– 5 production testers

We also visited 36 companies, prepared and executed many offers, testing solutions for our customers.

AiR Conference/

Our Conference – Automation and Robotics of Industry this year has already had its 3rd edition. Despite the restrictions and difficulties, we managed to organize a safe and interesting event, which was attended stationary by 72 people, and the online broadcast reached 20,000 (!) people on the day of the broadcast. The AiR conference is a meeting with the production companies of our region with distributors of automation, robotics. The best speakers presented fruitful robot implementations, the idea of Industry 4.0 in the factory of the future, digital kanban and improvements that give real savings.

 

 

Relief for robotics

We look forward to 2021. We are waiting for the promised relief for robotization. More and more small businesses are buying robots and implementing them on their own. This gives hope for the development of the Polish economy and increasing the potential of our production companies.

That’s why we have prepared a surprise for you – from January 2021 we will publish short videos in which we will present interesting solutions to the technological problems that we have had to face in our integrative career.

Tech me robot!

"Road to Success" Award

The culmination of our year-long struggle was the 1st prize in the Road to Success competition. The competition is implemented by the Agricultural Advisory Centre in Brwinow. The  award was presented with congratulations to Krzysztof Kamiński, President of Alne, by Andrzej Duda, President of the Republic of Poland himself.

The Marshal of the Province – Gustav Marek Brzezin, Voivode – Artur Chojecki also sent their congratulations. It is a great distinction and a commitment for the future.

 

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Tech me robot!

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Technologies and machines gathered in Alnea allow us to develop new products, research and development, test new production solutions. We have already implemented more than one hundred different automated lines, robotic stations, production testers. We have a lot of experience in the field of automation, robotics, machine design. That’s why we decided to share our knowledge. Cycle “Tech me robot”. We have adapted the robotic room at Techroom Alnea and especially for our customers, supporters, enthusiasts and hobbyists on our You Tube channel we put short videos about different technological solutions.

Techroom - everything you want to know about AiR

Accelerating innovation development and new products in the Automationa and Robotics (AiR) market make us have huge hardware capabilities. However, there are many processes that require dedicated solutions. Techroom is a great place to test new solutions.

You can watch the first episode of Tech me in the Alnea Techroom below.

Robot soldering

Tech me is the knowledge of automation in a small pill. Recently, we have received a lot of inquiries about soldering robots. Zeus is a Alnea production controller that is ideal for robot soldering. Everything you would like to know about soldering automation can be found in the video below.

Positioning and offset

Do you know this pain when valuing deployment when a large part of the budget is absorbed by sensors, positioning and video cameras? We went through it too. That’s why we’ve created our own system that replaces hardware. Positioning and offset in one device mounted to the robot arm – this is our Horus, of course.

And about our video system episode 3 Tech me.

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Instead of webinars

We recommend the Tech me series. Instead of hour-long webinars, you can watch interesting facts from our Techroom while waiting for the coffee water to boil … Don’t forget to subscribe to our YT channel. Thanks to this, our latest videos will not be missed! Do not forget to subscribe our YT channel!

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