26 Jun 2012
Kaltenbach 8-axis robotic coping line
Leeds-based ASD Westok has installed a robotic coping line to enhance its overall efficiency and control when producing the cut-out profiles of its cellular beams. The Kaltenbach KC1201 8-axis robotic coping technology (www.kaltenbach.co.uk) is well established in the structural-steel sector, but the ASD Westok line is the first one to be fully automated — from raw-material input, process handling and coping through to the holding area for finished material.
There is an enclosed coping zone with an eight-axis plasma torch, a fume extraction and filtration system and a lockable door. Waste material is removed by a scrap conveyor that passes beneath the cutting zone. The finished beams exit on a 22m-long output conveyor and auto-traverse across a 7m-wide holding area.
Martin Clarke, managing director of ASD Westok, says: “Our superb new coping system, within our equally superb new facility, advances and further streamlines our production and adds improved overall control and integration, all of which is part of a five-year investment plan in plant and people to further expand and meet demand for our products.” ASD Westok cellular beams are used extensively throughout the UK and overseas. The company is part of the ASD metal services group, which is in turn part of the multi-national Klöckner & Co — a leading supplier of steel and metal products across Europe and North America.