STAR: S'tching and taping assisted by robots in acoustic panel manufacture.
Ways to automate specialised acoustic panel manufacturing were limited. Until now. Industry partners VEN and MAL teamed up to develop and invest in STAR, which will digitise, sensorise and robotise the taping and stitching process required in bespoke acoustic panel manufacture. And part identification will be enabled via a combination of RFID and a vision system. This will facilitate identification of the taping/stitching path the robot can follow to optimise production speed and quality. STAR success will be measured against the increased agility of production and the standardisation of robotics it facilitates within the industry.