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Knowing When Welding Sensors Make Sense

Posted by Josh Leath on Oct 10, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Since the revolutionary launch of welding robots over 40 years ago, innovation and process improvements have continued to permeate product development focused on customer needs. In the past, it was easy to program a robot to turn an arc on and weld a simple yet short seam with many different types of metal joints. However, not all components are created equal.

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Topics: Arc Welding, Tips and Tools


Packaging: It’s an Easy Decision

Posted by Michael Castor on Oct 2, 2018 8:47:55 AM

Come see how easy end-to-end packaging can be at the Yaskawa Motoman Pack Expo International booth (S-2373), October 14-17 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. Whether your application requirements call for picking, packing, end-of-line palletizing, container unloading or warehouse management, Yaskawa’s complete line of high-performance robots and technologies can optimize every stage of your operations.

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Topics: Trade Shows, Packaging


Additive Manufacturing: A New Driving Force

Posted by Sarah Mellish on Sep 20, 2018 11:30:00 AM

The adoption of motion control technology, robotics and power conversion are key drivers for today’s rapid growth of additive manufacturing. This non-traditional process of utilizing digital design data to create solid three-dimensional objects by fusing materials layer by layer from the bottom up (3D printing) is also contributing to the transformative results companies in diverse industries, such as aerospace, automotive, fashion, life sciences and consumer products are realizing today.

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Topics: Manufacturing, New Technologies, 3D printing, Additive Manufacturing


New Robots and Advanced Technology Introduced at IMTS

Posted by Sarah Mellish on Aug 20, 2018 11:00:00 AM

As markets continue to shift and customer demands get more sophisticated, it is imperative for companies to stay competitive. Dedicated to enabling our customers to achieve noticeable improvements in flexibility, productivity and quality through the development of revolutionary technologies for robotic automation, Yaskawa Motoman will feature the latest advanced solutions at the 2018 International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), September 10-15 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.

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Topics: Trade Shows, New Technologies, Machine Vision, Machine Tending, Collaborative, Assembly, Spot Welding, Arc Welding, Handling


Automate These 10 "Dirty" Industrial Jobs

Posted by Dean Elkins on Jul 30, 2018 10:00:00 AM

When it comes to employing a workforce for your company, job satisfaction and workplace safety are key factors for hiring, retention, profitability and overall company success. However, when jobs are dirty, dull or dangerous, hiring new workers or maintaining employee satisfaction and safety can be difficult to say the least.

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Topics: Die Cast, Forge, Press/Forming, Palletizing, Painting, Coating, Material Removal, Arc Welding, Spot Welding, Manufacturing, ROI


Maximizing Your Productive Welding Space

Posted by Chris Anderson on Jul 24, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Designed on the principles of lean manufacturing to reduce waste and improve workflow, robotic arc welding workcells can provide accuracy, reliability, versatility and speed for many industrial applications spanning diverse industries. While some manufacturers would argue the most efficient robotic workcell on the market is the one with the smallest footprint, there are other factors to consider. Which leads us to the question: what is the most efficient use of valuable floorspace?

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Topics: Arc Welding, ROI, Automotive, Manufacturing


Lab Automation: What's Critical in Clinical

Posted by Craig Rubenstein on Jul 17, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Extremely productive, reliable and flexible equipment is needed for high-volume clinical laboratories to address their specimen processing requirements. Laboratory professionals rely upon automation to assist with rapid identification, preparation and routing of specimens.

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Topics: Laboratory Automation, Trade Shows


Get a Grip: EOAT Considerations for Collaborative Robots

Posted by Sayre Jeannet on Jul 2, 2018 10:00:00 AM

As many manufacturers consider transitioning to a distributed manufacturing system (DMS) for greater production flexibility, the concept of collaborative robotic implementation becomes paramount. A power and force limiting (PFL) collaborative robot (cobot) with sensitive force monitoring capability, like Yaskawa’s six-axis HC10, is an easy-to-use machine with an industrial pedigree that is designed to work safely with, or in close proximity to human workers without additional safeguarding. These robots lack sharp corners, exposed motors and pinch points; and, properly configured, they have the ability to  work free from vision systems, laser scanners and fencing.

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Topics: Collaborative, Custom EOAT, New Technologies, YRC1000


The Evolution of Vision and Robotics

Posted by Keith Vozel on Jun 27, 2018 10:00:00 AM

With almost all technology, time is your friend, and time has a habit of improving the state of technology through any number of advances and improvements. These advances affect all aspects of any given device, including the size, price, usability and flexibility for the application of that technology. Innovative improvements in vision are no exception, and vision technology as it relates to robots is even more prominent, renewing interest for the use of Vision Guided Robotics (VGR) in the manufacturing of parts and packaging of goods.

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Topics: Machine Vision, software, Bin Picking


The Right Fit: Retrofitting an Automation System for Future Success

Posted by Steve Klopfenstein on Apr 16, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Implementing a cutting-edge automation system can deliver exceptional speed and precision, leading to reduced cycle times, increased production volume, and less waste or rework. While the right combination of innovative solutions, tailored to exact application requirements, can deliver transformative results, there comes a time when parts become obsolete, machines break down or process needs change.

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Topics: Maintenance, Tips and Tools


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