Double-sided robotised machining to double the productivity
Prof. Yan Jin’s team at Queen’s University Belfast, collaborating with Northern Ireland Technology Centre and University of Manchester, proposed a novel concept with dual parallel robots collaboratively performing collaborative machining to double the productivity of high-value thin-walled parts, which are widely utilised in aerospace, defence and energy sectors. A two-fold greater productivity has been achieved as the novel method doubles the material removal rate while eliminating the cumbersome in-process steps (e.g. changeover and calibration) in conventional single-sided machining. The work has recently been published in the prestigious Journal of Materials Processing Technology (2022, Vol. 299, 117395). Several industrial partners already expressed their interests and are currently engaged with the team to explore the work further.