For more than 35 years, ABS-Ruefer has specialised in automated solutions for the development and production of special machinery designed for small and micro-workpieces.
We have contributed to shaping the development of numerical automation with programmable logic controllers (PLC), and the integration of control technology based on PCs and intuitive user HMIs. The increasing diversity of functions and tasks has been accompanied by the need for increased communication between the various components and integrated modules.
An additional boost to performances, all the way up to knowledge-based systems, requires new components and solutions, e.g. for data acquisition and use. The key factor here lies in interaction of the system components concerned. That is the basis of the concept of Industry 4.0.
In recent years, technological developments have enabled automation to become profitable for the production of small batches and for short production cycles too.
We offer solutions for your specific field of automation, from defining a solution to its execution, commissioning and maintenance.
The degree of automation required and relevant for feeding, sorting and handling small and micro-workpieces is highly dependent on the application concerned and the specific needs.
Hence for certain processes, it may be perfectly sensible to harness the respective strengths of human and machine. Even Industry 4.0 will not completely abandon human cognitive abilities. For this type of situation and semi-automated solutions, in the design of the installation the emphasis is placed on sensible collaboration between the two types of work operations and an effective safety concept.
In other situations, complete automation may prove relevant. In this case, the throughput, precision and reliability requirements are crucial in deciding on whether to employ, for example, axes systems or robots, as well as the right checking level.
Consequently, at ABS-Ruefer, we offer turnkey solutions perfectly in line with your needs, going from a simple manual workstation to a fully automated assembly and production line, and it will also be our pleasure to advise you.