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Additive Manufacturing: A New Driving Force

Posted by Sarah Mellish on Sep 20, 2018 11:30:00 AM

The adoption of motion control technology, robotics and power conversion are key drivers for today’s rapid growth of additive manufacturing. This non-traditional process of utilizing digital design data to create solid three-dimensional objects by fusing materials layer by layer from the bottom up (3D printing) is also contributing to the transformative results companies in diverse industries, such as aerospace, automotive, fashion, life sciences and consumer products are realizing today.

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Topics: Manufacturing, New Technologies, 3D printing, Additive Manufacturing


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


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: Collaborative, Custom EOAT, New Technologies, YRC1000


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: Collaborative, Production, Manufacturing, Assembly, Supply Chain, New Technologies


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: Machine Vision, Pick and Pack, New Technologies, Consumer Products


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


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: Mobile Robotics, New Technologies


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


Collaborative Robot Risks & Rewards

Posted by Keith Vozel on Dec 14, 2016 10:01:01 AM

When you’re staring down a dirty, tedious (or even dangerous) job, you know how good it feels to get it completed. The first time you do it – even the first few times – there’s a sense of accomplishment. Over time, these jobs can not only wear down workers but also keep them from higher value tasks in a plant.

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Topics: New Technologies, Manufacturing, ROI, Collaborative


Cobots, Mobile Robotics and Machine Vision at IMTS

Posted by Jennifer Katchmar on Aug 30, 2016 11:37:59 AM

Embarking on the Future of Manufacturing

In less than two weeks, Yaskawa Motoman heads to McCormick Place in Chicago, IL for the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS). IMTS is one of the largest industrial trade shows in the world, featuring more than 2,000 exhibiting companies and over 114,000 registrants. The event is held every two years in September.

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Topics: New Technologies, Machine Vision, Mobile Robotics, Trade Shows, Collaborative


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