New cobot technology puts Hanover at the heart of innovation

05 / 08 / 20

Hanover has invested in the latest collaborative cobot systems to deliver significant benefits for clients specifying world-leading destination display technology.

The company has just completed its second installation of collaborative robots -referred to as cobots – to support its approach in bringing market-leading innovation across manufacturing and quality control processes, throughout the business.

Hanover introduced its first cobot in September 2018, to enhance its testing capability in a partnership with Absolute Robotics.
Since then, the technology has proved its worth, delivering pinpoint accuracy in the testing of processor and power supply boards, which are produced by Hanover as part of state-of-the-art destination display systems.
Collaborative robots are designed to work alongside teams, interacting with humans in a shared space. They differ from traditional robots, which are designed to operate without human interaction and contact.

Hanover’s Operations Manager, Sean Winter has led the installation process.

He said: “The cobots are transforming the way we deliver our testing service.

“Hanover has always been proud of its ability to provide reliable solutions to the passenger transport sector.

“This is reflected by the fact we offer a ten-year warranty as standard.

“However, the introduction of the cobots has taken this to a new level, enabling us to further enhance our testing capability.

“They work to 50 microns repeatability and produce a report giving Hanover full traceability, detailing when the product was tested and its test results.”

As well as including an extended warranty as standard, Hanover offers the back-up of full technical support.

Gaurav Bijlani, Production Test Engineer (PTE) Manager at Hanover, said: “The cobots have improved our efficiency and processes, thereby creating a continuous improvement culture in collaboration with Quality Assurance department to deliver a solution that takes us into the 21st century.
“The end result for our clients is even greater reliability, a faster turnaround for orders and the ability to draw on the positive benefits they have delivered for our staff, who have been freed up to operate in roles which bring even more innovation and support to the business.”
The introduction of cobot technology reinforces Hanover’s global reputation for innovation in passenger information systems within the public transport industry.

The company – which employs 200 people in Lewes, near Brighton, and over 100 additional staff across the globe – was formed in East Sussex, in 1985 as a designer and manufacturer of passenger information equipment for the public transport industry.

Over the years it has enjoyed sustained growth to become a global business, with subsidiaries in continental Europe, North America and Australia, and partnering agents in other overseas territories throughout the world.

As well as the latest innovation in LED display technology, Hanover also specialises in audio-visual passenger information, automatic vehicle positioning, geo-localisation and fleet management.