Commercial bonding solutions provider 3M and automation systems integrator Innovative Automation Inc. have agreed to partner for automation solutions. Particularly, the two companies will provide industrial manufacturers automated systems for tape applications that require precision and high output.
The RoboTape System for 3M Tape allows industrial manufacturers to take advantage of the benefits of 3M Tape in their assembly processes. Likewise, it also maximizes production throughput, improving quality, reducing or re-tasking manual labor and limiting rework.
Because of the the needs of industrial customers facing labor shortages and increasing costs, manufacturers need advanced solutions. The 3M and Innovative Automation collaboration improves how to apply 3M tapes precisely. Accordingly, this suits high-volume applications at production speeds not achievable with manual tape application. The system meets the demands of manufacturing, while providing additional features to streamline operation and maintenance.
The RoboTape System for 3M Tape includes pre-configured and optimized for a variety of 3M VHB Tapes. In addition, includes the payout capable of zero-downtime spool changes, a patent-pending feed system and a lightweight applicator head.
Moreover, it offers flexible design that can suit small or large industrial robots or cobots from a variety of robot OEMs to match customer preferences.
It also comes adjustable for foam, felt, and attachment tapes. Furthermore, it utilizes level wound rolls of 3M VHB Tape to achieve extended run times and minimize material handling.
The launch of the co-branded system with Innovative Automation provides a new solution to customers who are moving toward automation and looking to increase productivity in their operations.
Chris Goralski, President of 3M’s Industrial Adhesives and Tapes Division said, “At 3M, we are focused on helping our customers improve bonding accuracy and outcomes wherever they are in their automation journey. This system is another step forward for industrial manufacturing.” In addition, Goralski said working with Innovative Automation will help bring to customers new ways to support applications.
Accordingly, Innovative Automation’s technology and integration capabilities help customers reach their manufacturing goals. Similarly, they have been developing novel ways to accomplish this with tape.
“This system gives us a chance to combine our unique technology and automation experience with 3M’s bonding expertise in a way that supports customers looking to improve their production capabilities,” said Steve Loftus, Founder of Innovative Automation.
The RoboTape System for 3M Tape debuted at the ATX West show in Anaheim, California on April 12.