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Robotics News & Insights | Handling

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The Smart Solution to End-of-Line Palletizing

Posted by Jack Uhl on Nov 12, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Palletizing can often be an afterthought when considering complete packaging line automation. In fact, it is not uncommon to see a company, especially with low-volume production, experience an uptick in production output based on primary and secondary robotic process automation alone. The major issue with this conservative approach is the unavoidable truth that successful implementation of robotic automation increases productivity, enabling businesses to thrive and grow.

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Topics: Handling, Palletizing


Trend Setting Robotic Automation at FABTECH

Posted by Sarah Mellish on Oct 30, 2018 10:34:19 AM

The need to address labor shortages and time-to-market pressures is driving increased utilization of robotic automation. More affordable and capable robots are fueling a level of intensity within the manufacturing sector for buying robots, causing robotic automation growth to soar, especially for non-automotive related industries such as life sciences, plastics and metals1.

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


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


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


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


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


Plug Into Robotics at Automate

Posted by Jennifer Katchmar on Mar 9, 2017 10:07:35 AM

There may be several paths to maintain and expand your business, but how do you know which is the right choice? And while you’re busy navigating the options, your competition may be approaching your customers with promises of better, cheaper and faster deliverables. Maybe now is the right time to consider automation.

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Topics: Handling, Arc Welding, New Technologies, Trade Shows, Machine Vision, Collaborative


Overcoming Obstacles with 3D Vision Technologies

Posted by Keith Vozel on Feb 16, 2017 8:40:10 AM

Quickly grabbing and orienting a random part from a bin has never been an easy task for a robot. So it often falls to humans to find and process parts. Whether the piece is a plastic handle for a tote or a part for a car or computer, the process is similar. While machine designers have tried to automate a lot of this work, fickle lighting conditions in factories and parts of varying shapes can pose a problem just thorny enough to stump most robots.

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Topics: Handling, Pick and Place, Machine Vision, Bin Picking


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