3M, Eckhart Develop Cobot-Based Automated Taping System

Robotics Business Review

3M and Eckhart this week launched its 3M Automated Taping System (ATS), a collaborative robot-based automated tape application system that was jointly developed by the two companies. The new application is geared to assist the automotive and industrial market for their taping needs.

The 3M ATS is designed and commercially available for automotive and industrial customers looking to automate manual processes involving 3M Attachment Tapes, the companies said in a press release. The new application uses industry standard robotic components and best practices to deliver a flexible, simple, and cost-effective solution, they added. Uses for the 3M ATS in the automotive and industrial space include applying adhesion promoters, creating extended liner tabs, and precisely positioning cut-to-length tape or die cuts onto components.

Cobots add ergonomic safety for taping process

“A significant majority of our global customer base today applies tape manually,” said Rachel Moses, U.S. business manager at 3M’s Automotive and Aerospace Solutions division. “We recognized an opportunity to collaborate with a technology partner that has been working in the industrial automation space for over 60 years. The 3M Automated Taping System utilizes collaborative robot technology to optimize ergonomic safety, first-time quality, and productivity while reducing the factory footprint required to apply tape where the systems are deployed.”

“We’re proud to partner with an innovative company like 3M that is committed to bringing the next generation of tape automation to the market,” said Eckhart’s Vice President of Business Development, Daniel Burseth. “Leveraging the decades of experience both companies have serving Fortune 500 companies all over the world, we believe the 3M Automated Taping System will fundamentally change how companies handle and apply millions of linear feet of 3M Attachment Tape every week throughout the world.”

Eckhart, based in Warren, Mich., engineers advanced industrial solutions, with a portfolio that includes AUTOCRAFT autonomous guided vehicles (AGVs), collaborative robotic systems, traditional robotics, contract assembly line design and simulation, 3D printing tool development and production, and ergonomic general assembly tooling solutions for large manufacturers. For more information, visit the Eckhart website.

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