COMPANY HISTORY

Applied Robotics has been building special purpose automation machine systems for some 20 years now and have to date installed well over 350 systems worldwide. All of these are full turnkey systems – engineered from concept through mechanical design, electrical controls and software, and built, installed and commissioned by our own engineering team.

Our clients appreciate this full in-house capability as it means they always have instant and first priority access to both the mechanical and software engineers who designed the system should problems or the need for modifications for product variations arise over time.

Our operations comprise two Companies – Applied Robotics and Apparel Robotics – with Apparel Robotics focusing on Automation for the Clothing and Textile industries and Applied Robotics in general manufacturing. Apparel Robotics, through its ground breaking innovations in the early years has developed an international reputation for its R&D achievements in its area of expertise.

It is this “toolbox” of techniques and know-how that has underpinned Applied Robotics' continuing success in tackling automation tasks with difficult workpieces. Applied Robotics is arguably the Australian leader in leading edge applications, with a significant R&D portfolio at any time and holding many patents developed for our Clients. Over the years some of our notable world firsts include

•  1985: Fully Automatic Feather Quilt filling & sewing system

•  1991: Ultra High speed Vision Sorter ( 45 pieces per second) developed with CSIRO. Buderim Ginger, Queensland

•  1995: Automatic Carpet Tile stack & de-stack system. Fastest flexible stacker in the world at 4 tiles per second. Milliken & Co, USA

•  2000: Fastest Toothbrush packing systems. For Oral-B

•  2002: Vision & Robot in "hand-eye" coordinated hanging of products onto a moving Paintline Chain. Luxfer, USA

•  2003: Photovoltaic Silicon Sliver Cell assembly system. Origin Energy

•  2003: In house robot with IO micron repeatability.

•  2003: Robotic green pavers collating, QC, sorting and palletising line at 11,000 per hour.

•  2004: High resolution/high speed QC technologies for brick inspection and sorting.

•  2006: Novel wool test sampling lines. Won Engineering Excellence Award 2007.

•  2007: R & D project to develope Robotic Sewing Technology.

•  2009: Opal Assay system. Won Engineering Exellence Award 2009.

Our installed systems exhibits the following characteristics:

•  About 50% includes a robot(s)

•  About 50% uses robotics technology in a Special Purpose machine.

•  About 60% include advance sensors such as a Vision System

•  About 50% handles difficult workpieces.

•  About 40% includes an R&D content.