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Schunk plays gripping role in AMRC Wales opening

Posted on 24 Jan 2020 and read 960 times
Schunk plays gripping role in AMRC Wales openingThe University of Sheffield recently opened its Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) Cymru in North Wales and AMRC member Schunk UK (www.schunk.com) played a key role.

Holding the ceremonial ribbon for First Minister Mark Drakeford to cut was a Schunk EGH Co-act gripper attached to a Kuka collaborative robot (cobot).

This is the latest addition to the Co-act gripper family — a flexible system (for gripping and moving small and medium-size workpieces) that can be attached to the cobot quickly and easily.

Described by Welsh government ministers as a ‘game changer’ for the economies of Wales and the North, the AMRC Cymru is a purpose-built facility close to the Airbus wing-manufacturing plant in Broughton.

Situated in the Deeside Enterprise Zone, it will provide a 2,000m2 open-access research area with a focus on advanced manufacturing sectors such as aerospace, automotive and nuclear.

It is predicted that the new facility could boost the Welsh economy by as much as £4 billion over the next 20 years.