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Meet the Robots

Posted by Jason Farmer on Feb 29, 2016 3:29:16 AM

Last fall, I was fortunate to visit Japan for the third time during my Yaskawa Motoman tenure. I was especially eager to see Yaskawa’s recently opened Robot Village in Kitakyushu, approximately 600 miles southwest of Tokyo. The Robot Village, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of Yaskawa Electric Corp., is a publicly open green space that includes Yaskawa’s Global Innovation Center. Yaskawa created the Robot Village partly so visitors can interact with robotic technology.

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Topics: New Technologies, Corporate


Mind the Skills Gap

Posted by Bob Graff on Jan 11, 2016 5:28:19 AM

Part of Charles Speelman’s job is connecting students and employers. But Speelman isn’t a recruiter; he’s an educator. Three years ago, as superintendent of Tri-Rivers Career Center in Marion, Ohio, Speelman was getting calls from companies saying that there weren’t enough skilled workers entering the trades, especially manufacturing. So, Speelman (with an approximately $15-million “Straight A Grant” from Ohio) launched the Robotics & Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative, known as RAMTEC. Students at RAMTEC get to work with and learn about the same machines and tools used by many manufacturers.

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Topics: Education and Training


4 Things to Consider When Selecting a Robotics Integrator

Posted by Sam Schenck on Dec 17, 2015 11:30:02 AM

Imagine you’ve decided to automate an application. You’ve chosen robotics to be the fulcrum, but you need a robotics integrator to help you reach your goal. Once you have researched whom to speak with, how do you compare these integrators? There are 4 "Cs” to sizing up any integrator; I define them as concept, cost, capabilities and capacity.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Tips and Tools


The Moreng Metal Advantage: Robotic Welding

Posted by Jamie Moreng on Dec 14, 2015 5:27:00 AM

Article by ; National Sales Manager at Moreng Metal Products Inc.
Moreng Metal Products Inc. is an industry leader for high-volume robotic welding in the Northeast.

Metal manufacturing has dramatically changed over the past few decades. In today's competitive market, metal manufacturing leaders are equipped with the latest and greatest automated machinery, ERP software and shop floor management tools to ensure client satisfaction. As a strong testament to the significance of this progress, manufacturers who avoid this evolution in technology run the risk of extinction in the near future.

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Topics: Arc Welding, Manufacturing


A Robotic Helping Hand for the Welder Shortage

Posted by Glen Ford on Nov 23, 2015 4:34:26 AM

If you have more welding work than you know how to handle, you’re not alone. Help is becoming increasingly hard to find. Thirty years ago, the number of welders in America surpassed 550,000, but by 2013, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found there were just 343,000. Experts at the American Welding Society (AWS) say there will be a welder shortage of 290,000 skilled positions (including instructors, inspectors and engineers) between now and 2020.

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Topics: Arc Welding, Manufacturing


4 Tools to Make You a Robot Tech Hero

Posted by Aaron Barnes on Aug 31, 2015 11:55:27 AM

When everything is going right with an industrial robot, nobody seems to notice. But when something goes wrong, who do you turn to? Whether it’s the OEM, a contractor or someone at your facility, every operation needs that one tech hero to call. The one who will dive right in and quickly get your operation back to peak productivity.

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Topics: Maintenance, Tips and Tools


Job Duplication - Repeatable Robotics Efficiency

Posted by Glen Ford on Jun 12, 2015 5:47:37 AM

 

Example of a robot job duplication routine outlined in the White Paper: "Job Duplication - Repeatable Robotics Efficiency"

 

Dependability and repeatability in part production are top reasons for implementing a robotic solution into a manufacturing environment. Completing a job with the same results every time and every day leads to higher productivity, improved production times and the reduction of rework costs.

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Topics: Programming


Spotting Robot Performance Issues Before They Happen

Posted by Aaron Barnes on Jun 9, 2015 5:28:38 AM

Just like with a car, performance issues with an industrial robot are often a sign of more costly trouble ahead. But what if you had a way to know of a potential problem with your robot before any visible signs of trouble? Even when everything seems to be running right, one way to get ahead of unwanted surprises is to analyze the grease that's used to lubricate each axis of your robot.

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Topics: Maintenance, Tips and Tools


How Deep Learning and GPUs Will Accelerate the Industrial Space

Posted by Steve Rueckhaus on Apr 17, 2015 4:53:39 AM

There's been an exciting wave in technology that's bringing self-driving cars, augmented reality and artificial intelligence out of the research lab and into our world. Last month, technologists from a broad range of industries gathered in Silicon Valley to compare notes on how one technology - the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) - is accelerating several advancements in aerospace, life science, gaming, security, transportation and many more industries.

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Topics: New Technologies, Manufacturing, Machine Vision


Process Considerations for Clinical Laboratory Automation

Posted by Craig Rubenstein on Mar 12, 2015 5:16:45 AM

As diagnostic lab managers consider implementation of process automation to achieve improved results, there are a number of common factors that can complicate or prevent a successful transition from manual handling/processing. Lab staff often performs “corrective” tasks without formal recognition, resulting in many processing steps being left out of the documented workflow. Engineering an automated process to satisfy the documented workflow may fail to account for these “hidden” process steps. Among the first tasks to be performed in a process improvement/automation program is a detailed workflow study with a specific focus on “casual” process steps.

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Topics: Laboratory Automation


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