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Posted: 1/23/2018 4:00:00 PM by Zane Michael
Topics: Arc Welding, ROI, Tips and Tools

Historically, the prevailing thought has been that robotic welding systems can’t handle the diversity of tasks required for difficult weldments, but technology has changed. From improved welding process capabilities to enhanced laser sensing and technologies, advanced robotic welding solutions are making it easier for manufacturers to tackle the most difficult, dangerous and dirty tasks. Read More

Posted: 11/2/2017 4:31:30 PM by Chris Anderson
Topics: Arc Welding, Automotive, manufacturing, Quality, Tips and Tools

The stakes are high for manufacturers producing automotive parts. Automobile drivers and passengers rely on weld quality to hold up under the conditions for which it was designed. One uncaught mistake during the fabrication process could leave a business vulnerable or worse, especially when the part in question is “safety critical” to an assembly. Read More

Posted: 1/25/2017 2:30:15 PM by Chris Anderson
Topics: Arc Welding, Automotive, manufacturing, Tips and Tools

Manufacturers of over-the-road vehicles (also referred to as OTR or long-haul trucks), and to a lesser degree car manufacturers, are improving fuel economy and reducing the weight of their vehicles with aluminum. Assembling frames, trailers and other components made of aluminum requires welding, and there are important differences between robotically welding steel components versus those made of aluminum. Read More

Posted: 9/19/2016 5:17:46 PM by Doug Burnside
Topics: Maintenance, Tips and Tools

Like the veracity of the 3,000-mile oil change, some people view maintenance schedules with skepticism. Today’s synthetic oils can keep car engines running perfectly well and safely for up to and beyond 5,000 miles between oil changes, but the old 3,000-mile standard still lingers.

One-size-fits-all maintenance standards really don’t fit at all. In regards to capital equipment, some organizations take a run-to-failure approach; others are fastidious about not only the repair process but also preventive maintenance.

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Posted: 5/23/2016 4:45:04 PM by Shawn Howard
Topics: Maintenance, Tips and Tools

Spring is a great time to think about planning a summer robot maintenance break. Smart maintenance isn’t just inspecting, cleaning and replacing robot parts. A savvy plant manager also uses maintenance time to optimize a robot’s programming, which means analyzing the robot’s programming. I hear two arguments against asking for expert help with robot maintenance and optimization. First, managers will say, “Spending an extra two hours to make a robot run better isn’t worth it; we don’t have time to shut down the cell.” Second, managers often say, “We have technicians to perform maintenance. They can handle it.” In reply to the first argument, optimizing a robot’s programming leads to increased throughput.  Read More
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