New laser-based R&D cell uses PROFIBUS for robotics & distributed IO

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A new laser-based research and development cell has been installed at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Ansty, West Midlands, to help keep British manufacturing at the forefront of assembly, fabrication, and joining technologies.

A Mitsubishi iQ-controller controls the laser, a six-axis test piece handling robot and multiple points of distributed I/O over Profibus connections.