Kawasaki Robotics UK has formally acknowledged VA Technology Ltd as its premier OEM partner for its innovative use and development of robots for investment casting. Telford-based VA Technology is celebrating 25 years in business developing into a leading supplier of engineered products for the investment casting sector.
The special relationship with Kawasaki fits in well with VA Tech's philosophy of keeping control over all critical component design and supply. Drives and controls all fall within this category and VA Tech, ensures that components are built to withstand the rigours and demands of the foundry industry.
Investment casting is a vital element in the production process of turbine blades and medical prosthetics and, by the critical nature of these components, manufacturing equipment is required to meet exacting standards. Jim Byrne, Chairman of VA Technology, explains: "In this industry we know the only way we can assure quality, performance and reliability is by engineering our products from the inside out specifically for investment casting. This includes the robot element which is why our relationship with Kawasaki is so important.
"Our product range has evolved significantly over 25 years and, although we already believe Kawasaki Robotics to be the most reliable and capable platform for casting, we further engineer the robot to make it industry specific."
Complete systems through to modular components are available from VA Technology and all specific robot requirements for cutting and grinding and ceramic shell making have proprietary technology modules, hardware, control, and software available. Currently VA Technology is supplying systems incorporating Kawasaki Robotics to leading turbine blade manufacturers.
For further information about robots for investment casting please go to www.kawasakirobot.co.uk.