October 2008 - New Web Site
The new Clansman Dynamics web site has been revised to provide more information on our range of forge and foundry robots and manipulators. The site will be further developed to become a source of information for applications in both forge and foundry.
October 2008 - 3 Robots for a new forge in Romania.
The 3 robots load the furnace, descaler, weigher, press and ring mill for a new forge in Romania.The machines are simple, very robust ( all parts are subjected to Finite Element and Fatigue Analysis as with our other manipulators ), use our usual high quality components - double roller spherical bearings ( i.e. no bushes – except for the grippers that go 4500 mm into a furnace), stainless steel oil tanks, Duesterloh motors, Siemens PLC, etc.
August 2008 - Aluminium Smelting Robot
Clansman Dynamics has just completed final factory acceptance tests on a new robot for the automation of anode handling in an Aluminium Smelter.
Designed and built in Clansman Dynamics Scottish factory, the robot is presented with six spent anodes via an automated trolley system, unlatching and removing each in turn; it places the used and unbalanced anode into a monorail system for transport to the anode plant for further processing. The now re-conditioned and highly unbalanced anodes weighing 1 tonne are delivered to the robot by the same monorail system for loading back on to the now empty trolley. The entire process is designed to take less than 7 minutes from receipt of a trolley with six spent anodes to the trolley being reloaded and despatched back to the smelter.
Handling the anodes requires precision but more importantly the ability to grip and repeatedly manoeuvre the anode without causing damage to the conductive surface. The robot achieves this using high precision articulated grippers and achieves repeatability better than ±1mm over a 9 meter operating range.
Clansman Dynamics used proven design technology to develop the robot, the first of it type, after being awarded the contract by one of the world’s largest aluminium smelting companies.