Apex Automation & Robotics provide customers with automation solutions that give them a leading edge in their industries. Whether the customers want to automate an entire plant or improve a section of their manufacturing process, Apex Automation & Robotics can provide good and economical solution. Engineers from Apex Automation & Robotics are updated with the latest developments to make sure that they utilise suitable technology for the application.
Apex Automation & Robotics provide the following services:
- Complete turnkey automation systems
- Concept development and design
- Project management
- Robot programming
- PLC programming
- Controls and electrical design
- Risk assessment and safeguarding of machinery
- PC software development using C++, C# and Visual Basics
- RFID turnkey systems including both hardware and custom-built software
Apex Automation & Robotics’ PC programming capability has enabled them to integrate laser scanners and 3D vision systems. Apex Automation & Robotics have connected such devices on Ethernet networks with a PC, robot and PLC using TCP/IP communication protocol. Custom PC programs were developed by their software engineers to acquire large amount of data from these devices, analyse it and perform complex calculations. The relevant information was then sent to the PLC and robot in real time.
A typical example is the “eye-hand” coordination in one of their robotic palletising applications.
Apex Automation & Robotics used a laser scanner to scan boxes as they travel on a conveyor belt and send the data to the PC which performed calculations to determine the size and position of the box and send the information to the robot to adjust its gripper to suit.
The management team and all the personnel at Apex Automation and Robotics consider safety to be an integral part of the business. All the systems undergo stringent risk assessment at different stages of the project. Consequently, these systems are then provided with safeguarding that conforms to the relevant Australian Standards, in particular:
- AS 4024 - 2006 Safety of Machinery
- AS 2939 - 1987 Industrial Robot Systems - safe design and usage
- AS 1755 - 2000 Conveyors - Safety Requirements
- AS 3000 - SAA Wiring Rules
Apex Automation & Robotics projects can be divided into 4 categories:
- General automation
- Robotic cells
- Vision and laser scanning
- RFID applications
Apex Automation & Robotics team has been involved in projects of the following industry sectors:
- Metal manufacturing
- Logistics and distribution
- Building products
- Paper industry