The ModuLase project aims to provide cost and time-saving benefits to industry, including:
- Lower capital investment costs:
End users will save as much as 59% when installing the Modulase head (with three end effectors). Greater savings could be made if more end-effectors are adopted by users and further savings may be realised when replacing end-effectors due to wear or damage.
Users will be able to get more use out of equipment as a result of reduced downtimes for those using Modulase. With an anticipated changeover time of <1 minute for process heads, there will be improved utilisation rates. In addition, the Modulase system will allow manufacturers to adopt parallel process cell layouts, which would reduce the risk of production line stoppages.
The modular end-effectors are easily and cheaply replaceable while reconfiguring the beam forming unit to match the required bean configuration will also help save time and cost. In addition, the integrated process control and monitoring system can help minimise, if not eliminate, defects thereby saving on re-work or scrappage.
The ModuLase project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.