Craven Fawcett, a UK-based manufacturer of clay preparation machinery and part of Group Rhodes, is working in collaboration with SABO Brick & Tile, based in Greece, to provide a solution for brick manufacturer Northcot Brick. Based in Gloucestershire, Northcot Brick has been a Craven Fawcett customer for over 60 years. Craven Fawcett serves as the UK distributor of SABO’s manufacturing equipment. The company introduced Northcot Brick to SABO to design and manufacture a custom gripper head for a standard robotic assembly that would be used to pick and place brick.
Northcot Brick had been using a robot to perform this function for 20 years, but the company required a replacement unit because spare parts were no longer available and after-sales service was no longer offered on the equipment. The new robotic brick gripper head will incorporate programmable servo drives for brick spacing, making the process quicker and more efficient. Once the equipment is commissioned, Craven Fawcett will provide Northcot with any future UK-based after-sales services and support.