An innovative solution from Parker Hannifin looks set to help struggling UK manufacturers cut the cost of production while at the same time improving both productivity and profitability.

The company has launched an extensive range of modular automation and robotics kits, ranging from simple twin axis assemblies through to integrated multiple axis gantry and palletising robots. In addition, Parker is offering a custom design and engineering facility for applications where standard systems are unsuitable.

UK platform marketing manager, Andy Parker-Bates, explains: “Our new range of modular automation kits will enable customers to cost-justify the automation of existing low-volume manual or semi-automated processes, enabling labour to be redeployed elsewhere. Unlike traditional methods the modular automation kits are generally available on a relatively short lead-time and are designed for self-assembly on-site.”

A typical modular automation kit incorporates all the components, including framework, motors, gearboxes, drives, sensors and cables to construct a simple linear handling system. This can be extended with extra modules.

Based on standard Parker electromechanical, pneumatic, drive and control technologies, the latest range of modular automation kits are are said to be capable of delivering exceptionally high levels of performance, accuracy and reliability.