CLEVELAND—Kitchener, Ontario-based LabsCubed Inc. exhibited at the International Elastomer Conference in Cleveland Oct. 8-10, showcasing its CubeOne limited-production tensile strength testing robot.
The CubeOne allows operators to test up to 12 samples at a time, according to LabsCubed publicity. A robot automatically loads and unloads samples, and smart grips ensure accurate and consistent tests, the company said.
With the CubeOne, operators can test up to 36 samples per hour with less than five minutes of setup, according to LabsCubed. CubeOne users may store test data on the cloud and access them securely from any device, and video is recorded and saved for each test, it said.
It took six prototypes and more than 10,000 tests of samples to develop the CubeOne, according to the company website.
LabsCubed offers 24/7 service and support to all clients, according to the company.
"Our calibration and preventive maintenance schedules are always planned ahead of time, and each visit includes a set of activities designed to maximize the performance and extend the life of your CubeOne," it said.
LabsCubed also is working on prototype equipment that automates the process of measuring the thickness of a sample, according to Ammar Jafar, LabsCubed chief technical officer
"It eliminates the need for technicians to measure the thickness themselves," Jafar said. Development still is in its early stages, but the product should be available sometime toward the end of 2020, he said.
LabsCubed CEO Khaled Boqaileh was one of the speakers at the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada's 2019 Tire & Rubber Summit in June.
At the summit, Boqaileh said the rubber industry is quickly achieving the status of Industry 4.0, in which automated systems are combined with artificial intelligence to create a smart factory.