Rob Buckingham CEng FIET (seen here receiving the Queens Award for Enterprise: Innovation) was a National Engineering Scholar and UKAEA sponsored student. He completed first and second degrees on the Special Engineering Programme at Brunel University before his PhD at the University of Bristol. His research into multi-arm robots was funded by Sowerby Research Centre, now part of BAE Systems. Rob Buckingham then took up a lectureship in Mechanical Engineering and led a research team investigating the application of robots in the food, textiles and medical sectors. He published widely before leaving academia to set up OC Robotics. Rob Buckingham is available for interviews and comments on the following subjects: robotics in confined spaces; medical robotics; robotics in the human environment.
Rob Buckingham is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Electrical Engineers.
Andrew Graham MEng CEng MIMechE FIET was MoD sponsored and trained and studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bristol. After graduation he joined J S Chinn Project Engineering as Special Projects Engineer, quickly rising to become Commercial Manager, before returning to the university to work on advanced robotics projects. After a period as Senior Project Engineer with Oxford Intelligent Machines, working on special robotic systems for handling variable, flexible materials, he left to set up OC Robotics.
Andrew is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
OC Robotics' talented mechanical design team use a creative approach to find unique solutions to challenging problems through the application of snake-arm technology. We pride ourselves in excellence in design, managing each solution from conception through to reality. Working closely as part of a multi-disciplinary team, we use cutting-edge design, analysis and manufacturing techniques to produce world-leading robotic systems.
With experts in kinematics, dynamics, structural analysis, manufacturing and intricate mechanism design, we are uniquely placed to react quickly to our customers demands to produce practical and reliable solutions to complicated engineering problems.
A specialised team of electronic engineers are experts in controlling the advanced motors that actuate the snake-arms. The engineers at OC Robotics have designed miniature motor controllers enabling them to be housed tightly in with the motors themselves in the actuator pack - vital work for confined spaces.
Electronic engineers also provide solutions to an array of other challenges, from video feeds and lights all the way to control of remote vehicles and other introduction methods.
OC Robotics uses advanced algorithms and the latest advances in software engineering tools to provide a consistent, safe and well-tested interface to their robots and affiliated hardware. The control software has matured over several years and a unified software architecture is used across all development.
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