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Robotics News Insights from Yaskawa Motoman

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


Enthusiasm Grows for National Robotics Week

Posted by Sarah Mellish on Apr 2, 2018 10:00:00 AM

The enthusiasm for automation and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) related fields continues to grow, bringing optimism to the future of the robotics industry. Regional events like TechFest in southwest Ohio and grassroots activities during National Robotics Week have contributed a new level of excitement to audiences of all ages about the cultural impact robotics will continue to have on society.

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Topics: Events, Education and Training


The Impact of Human-Robot Collaboration on Distributed Manufacturing Systems

Posted by Bernardo Mendez on Mar 26, 2018 2:30:48 PM

Automation Technology Expo West

The dynamics of the robot industry are changing. New entrants and customer types are expanding the market, and new applications, such as collaborative robot palletizing, are creating new opportunities. Last month at the Automation Technology Expo (ATX) West in Anaheim, California, I had the chance to experience a recent collection of design and manufacturing technologies. From custom automation and assembly to control software, an array of valuable information was presented to nearly 20,000 attendees from 2,200 solution providers over a three-day period.

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Topics: New Technologies, Assembly, Manufacturing, Production, Collaborative, Supply Chain


6 Ways to Fine-Tune the Spray Application Process

Posted by Peter Goike on Mar 16, 2018 3:18:25 PM

Manufacturers today need to be confident in their capabilities to produce better quality products in the safest environment possible, while managing to save on costs. This assurance can be especially difficult to come by when the product assembly process includes manual painting, coating or other chemical application. However, fine-tuning the spraying process via industrial robotic automation offers key benefits that can help manufacturers thrive.

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Topics: Painting, Dispensing, Manufacturing, Automotive


Quick Wins for Blow-Molded Container Handling

Posted by Mark Feie on Mar 12, 2018 10:00:00 AM

 

The production of consumer goods never ceases, and there is always a need to package product in diverse types of containers. Increasing urbanization, technical developments, emerging economies, burgeoning healthcare and disposable income are fueling the consumption of a broad range of products, driving the growth of the global packaging industry. This, in turn, has catapulted the blow-molded container segment into a vibrant marketspace.

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Topics: Handling, Consumer Products, Packaging, Plastics


From PLC Evolution to Packaging Programming Revolution

Posted by Dean Elkins on Mar 6, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Gone are the days of deploying robots for the sole purpose of dealing with hot, heavy and hazardous applications. From beginning to end, robots are now being used to perform primary, secondary and tertiary applications in the Food and Consumer Goods segment. While this uptick in robotic automation usage for material handling is greatly due to the availability of high-quality, affordable robots that offer increased reliability, there is a paradigm shift in the way robot programming happens today that is impacting the market, creating a packaging programming revolution.

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Topics: Handling, Palletizing, Packing, Consumer Products, Controls, Packaging


Don't Spec a Welding System Until You've Done This

Posted by Zane Michael on Jan 23, 2018 4:10:32 PM

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.

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Topics: Arc Welding, Tips and Tools, ROI


A Compelling Case for Careers in Robotics and Advanced Automation

Posted by Bob Graff on Dec 15, 2017 10:23:38 AM

The United States is inadequately prepared to meet the staffing needs for the quantity and quality of entry-level robotics and automation technicians needed in our manufacturing facilities across the country. Recent studies by the Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute, Boston Consulting Group and Deloitte report the impact and extent of the manufacturing skills gap, and at the present pace, the industry faces a job shortage of 2 million workers over the next decade1.

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Topics: Education and Training


Fulfilling the Vision of AI-Driven Automation

Posted by Sarah Mellish on Nov 28, 2017 6:02:00 AM

Technical innovations in artificial intelligence and robotics have unlocked massive potential for retailers to automate the handling of diverse Stock Keeping Units (SKUs) in the order fulfillment process with human-like flexibility at high speed.

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Topics: New Technologies, Consumer Products, Pick and Pack, Machine Vision


Weld Inspection for Safety Critical Assemblies

Posted by Chris Anderson on Nov 2, 2017 10:44:27 AM

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.

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Topics: Arc Welding, Manufacturing, Tips and Tools, Automotive, Quality


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