Amongst the many products they produce is the Cursor 13 NG engine, which is the most powerful 100% Natural Gas engine available in the on-road segment. On March 9th, they announced the production of the 10,000th Cursor 13 NG engine from their plant in Bourbon-Lancy, located in the Burgundy region of France.
Whilst FPT Industrial stress it is the employees at Bourbon-Lancy, who have manufactured Cursor range engines since 1998, that deserve the credit for having reached the milestone, they acknowledge they were supported by a “new and very innovative group of work companions” in the Sherpa smart & mobile collaborative robots.
The Sherpa-B models working at Bourbon-Lancy are dedicated to transporting containers, but they can also be used as a temporary base for some mounting operations. Their main role is to supply the various working stations along the production line in full safety, zeroing the risks of manually handling heavy parts and helping each worker concentrate exclusively on the task at hand. Agile thanks to its small size (950x600x650), it can load up to 200kg and move at a speed of up to 7 km/h. T.
“10,000 Cursor 13 NG engines is an incredible achievement”, says Luc Bernardini, Bourbon-Lancy Plant Manager. “But for me, is yet further confirmation of the excellence of our entire team and of the superiority of our products in enabling a safe and productive energy transition for all our customers. We are honoured by this goal and we are already looking forward to achieving the next one”.
FPT Industrial say, “future industry 4.0 standard is embodied by these collaborative robots, produced by Sherpa Mobile Robotics, as they make transporting loads and material handling even easier”. In addition, the robots streamline flows, save space and increase flexibility all along the entire production chain, as they can autonomously locate themselves in their working environment and have no dedicated trajectories.
In response to the health crisis linked to the coronavirus, the European-based Sherpa recently collaborated with DEVEA to create an autonomous and certified disinfection system. The disinfection robot aims to make the working environment safer; control environmental hygiene, and reassure employees.
Sherpa has developed two robot models. Sherpa-B, which is used in the FPT Industrial plant for moving or transporting and Sherpa-P, for moving or transporting pallets. This robot range can carry loads up to 1,000 kg. SHERPA-P’s tray may also be adapted to a single tray, pallet lift or lifting table. Other robots will be launched in upcoming semesters, such as SHERPA-M, which they call “the multi-functional little brother”.
You can find more information about Sherpa Robotics on its website.