CommScope Testing Manufacturing Automation

Sept. 21, 2017
CommScope (NASDAQ:COMM) has opened a new manufacturing technology center at its Kessel Lo, Belgium site. The center will showcase a ...

CommScope (NASDAQ:COMM) has opened a new manufacturing technology center at its Kessel Lo, Belgium site. The center will showcase a newly formed partnership with international robot supplier Yaskawa to determine the feasibility of adding robot technology and greater automation to manufacturing processes.

The new Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centre is intended to enable CommScope to develop automated manufacturing competencies and technology in a laboratory setting through cross-functional collaboration and partnerships with universities, knowledge partners and suppliers. The goal is to kick-start the design of new process equipment and mechanization tools to implement in manufacturing locations globally.

"As we look to the future, the nature of manufacturing continues to evolve. Our customers expect personalization and near immediate delivery of quality products," said Chris Story, senior vice president of Global Supply at CommScope. "The digital factory is making manufacturing exciting again. We expect to see employees doing jobs for industries which never existed. CommScope sees the growing proliferation of flexible automation as a key part of how we innovate for our customers."

The center includes a vision lab to support the robotics, develop automated quality inspection and augmented reality (AR)-based support tools. The mechatronics lab will design tools to facilitate craft sensitive and high precision operations. The area will also focus on the development of laser-enabled process equipment.

The Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centre is located in an existing area at the Kessel Lo site, remodeled and repurposed to create a setting where both internal and external partners can collaborate.