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


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


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, Manufacturing, ROI, Automotive


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: Trade Shows, Laboratory Automation


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: New Technologies, YRC1000, Collaborative, Custom EOAT


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, Bin Picking, software


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


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