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Jennifer Katchmar

Jennifer Katchmar


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Catching Fire: PLC-Integrated Robots (Part 2 of 2)

Posted by Jennifer Katchmar on Jun 2, 2014 5:00:43 AM

Plant productivity can be measured in multiple ways including instantaneous productivity (a snapshot at any given time) and total productivity (throughput over time).

Technically speaking, there is no difference in performance between a traditional robot controller approach or PLC-integrated controls. Because there is no performance difference, instantaneous productivity is not impacted in either case.

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Topics: Palletizing, Controls, Pick and Pack


Catching Fire: PLC-Integrated Robots (Part 1 of 2)

Posted by Jennifer Katchmar on May 22, 2014 6:45:15 AM

There are always proponents and skeptics of new technology. Skeptics resist, maintaining nothing is broken, so why fix it? As a proponent of new technology, I believe its role is to accelerate productivity and to create a new approach to an issue rather than to fix existing problems.

The buzz about advances in PLC-integrated robot technology has grown louder over the last five years. According to The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (PMMI), integrated robot controls is one of the key trends in automation and control technology

Skeptics say this technology is not a viable solution. While I agree that PLC-integrated robots are not applicable for every application and industry, they do make robot controls more familiar and easier to use in many applications.

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Topics: Palletizing, Controls, Pick and Pack


Before Automating, Assess Your OEE

Posted by Jennifer Katchmar on Apr 29, 2014 11:51:03 AM

When a manufacturing organization seeks robotics automation, the first question a robot OEM or robotics system integrator should ask is “why”?

In other words, before suggesting a solution, it’s important to understand the problem. And the clearest measure of a process challenge is overall equipment effectiveness (OEE).

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Topics: Manufacturing, Tips and Tools


Let's Get This Party Started

Posted by Jennifer Katchmar on Mar 17, 2014 4:10:26 AM

The fifth annual National Robotics Week (NRW) is almost here! Scheduled for April 5-14, NRW is a ten day celebration of all things robotic, whether it is a rover on Mars, the latest LEGO® MINDSTORMS®, a da Vinci® surgical system or a Motoman® MA1440 arc welding robot.

Yaskawa Motoman was one of the earliest supporters of NRW, hosting tour groups and holding “Meet the Engineers” events at our headquarters since 2010. This year, in addition to opening our doors to students in Ohio, we will be hosting events at our regional facilities in Rochester Hills, MI and Irvine, CA. *Attendance is limited, so contact us early if you wish to schedule a group tour.

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Topics: Events, Education and Training


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