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OMIC R&D Works on Robotic Research for SMW-Autoblok

The Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center Research and Development is conducting research in advanced and automated connection interfaces for robotic end effectors in collaboration with engineers from SMW-Autoblok.

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The Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center Research and Development (OMIC R&D), a manufacturing research campus hosted by Oregon Tech, has received a $154,000 sponsored project from SMW-Autoblok Corp., a manufacturer of workholding for turning and grinding machine tools based in Wheeling, Illinois. Jordan Meader, a robotics solution researcher at OMIC R&D, will be the principal investigator on the project.

OMIC R&D will conduct research in advanced and automated connection interfaces for robotic end effectors in collaboration with engineers from SMW-Autoblok. The project is scheduled to take place over 12 months. It involves creating a robotics connection interface that is expected to become available in SMW-Autoblok’s catalog as an enhancement to small and medium shops integrating robotics. This project is designed to limit lost time associated with human interaction that can often lead to damaged cables and connectors.

“We are eager to apply the results of this research project to provide ideal solutions to meet the needs of our customers and enhance modern manufacturing,” says Larry Robbins, president, commercial division, at SMW-Autoblok.

OMIC R&D members Doosan Machine Tools America and Ellison Technologies are consigning a state-of-the-art cobot from the recently debuted H2017 series. The cobot will enable OMIC R&D to demonstrate the capabilities of this research on a highly capable platform uniquely suited to the task of variable load machine tending.

“With the addition of this research project, OMIC R&D will demonstrate the expansion of our capabilities into creating novel robotic solutions to complex systemic challenges in industry,” says Josh Koch, operations lead at OMIC R&D.