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Robotics News Insights from Yaskawa Motoman

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


Meeting Advanced Manufacturing Needs at FABTECH

Posted by Jennifer Katchmar on Oct 26, 2017 11:05:26 AM

Improve turnaround time. Respond to changing needs. Deliver consistent quality. Maintain low price points. These are your customers' demands.

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Topics: Handling, Arc Welding, Trade Shows, Spot Welding, Machine Vision


Experience Packaging Perfection

Posted by Jennifer Katchmar on Sep 19, 2017 8:36:48 AM

Whether your application calls for picking, packing, end-of-line palletizing, container unloading, warehouse inbound depalletizing or outbound mixed pallets, Yaskawa offers a complete line of robots and technologies to create the perfect packaging solution for you.

Yaskawa’s exhibit at this year’s Pack Expo Las Vegas will feature picking, packing and palletizing solutions that make automating easier, boost production and work well in stringent environments.

Attendees will see how we’ve perfected PLC-integrated robotics with robots, servo axes and variable frequency drives (VFD) controlled by a unified platform and ladder-based programming conventions.

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Topics: Palletizing, Trade Shows, Consumer Products, Packaging, Pick and Place, Pick and Pack


WeldCast: Aluminum Welding from A to Z

Posted by Zane Michael on Aug 31, 2017 8:26:41 AM

As manufacturers transition to aluminum parts to meet customer demand, many of the old welding tricks that work with steel go straight out the window. Being successful with aluminum means using new techniques that maintain quality and control material costs.

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Topics: Arc Welding, Manufacturing, Automotive


Lights-Out Manufacturing with Mobile Manipulation: HIROTEC Case Study

Posted by OTTO Motors on Jul 6, 2017 10:00:00 AM

How do you improve throughput and productivity in an environment that is already operating lean? HIROTEC AMERICA asked the same question after spending three decades focused on the K2 philosophy of working towards continuous improvements (kaizen) and revolutionary changes in technology and process (kaikaku). Taking a deep look at their internal processes, they were able to pinpoint specific tasks within the plant that yielded inefficiencies. By smashing conventional thinking, they were able to use advanced technologies including a self-driving vehicle and a manipulator to drastically improve production and efficiency, and work toward their goal of lights-out manufacturing.

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Topics: Handling, New Technologies, Manufacturing, Mobile Robotics, Automotive


The Robotic Engineering Industry: What Students Need To Know

Posted by Scott Rhodes on Jun 26, 2017 10:00:00 AM

 Let’s face it. The public has a surface-level understanding of the robotic engineering industry. Thanks to the media, and some healthy imagination, we envision a new, progressive industry filled with modern engineers, hovercrafts and automated toys. But the robotic engineering industry is neither new, nor occupied by a new breed of engineers (at least not yet). For high school students preparing for STEM careers in this field, it’s important to separate the facts from the fiction and dive into the core of the matter. Here are few things to know:

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Topics: Education and Training


New Paths for Mobile Robotics

Posted by Keith Vozel on Jun 16, 2017 10:02:47 AM

Every day, businesses look for ways to improve efficiency and productivity. Frequently, this has meant automating functions with robots. Robots can ensure consistent quality and perform dangerous or repetitive tasks, reducing employee health issues. This frees up valuable human resources to contribute to other production areas.

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Topics: New Technologies, Mobile Robotics


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