<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none;" alt="" src="https://dc.ads.linkedin.com/collect/?pid=34202&amp;fmt=gif">
Robotics News Insights from Yaskawa Motoman

Experience Packaging Perfection

Posted by Jennifer Katchmar on Sep 19, 2017 8:36:48 AM

Whether your application calls for picking, packing, end-of-line palletizing, container unloading, warehouse inbound depalletizing or outbound mixed pallets, Yaskawa offers a complete line of robots and technologies to create the perfect packaging solution for you.

Yaskawa’s exhibit at this year’s Pack Expo Las Vegas will feature picking, packing and palletizing solutions that make automating easier, boost production and work well in stringent environments.

Attendees will see how we’ve perfected PLC-integrated robotics with robots, servo axes and variable frequency drives (VFD) controlled by a unified platform and ladder-based programming conventions.

Read More

Topics: Palletizing, Trade Shows, Consumer Products, Packaging, Pick and Place, Pick and Pack


WeldCast: Aluminum Welding from A to Z

Posted by Zane Michael on Aug 31, 2017 8:26:41 AM

As manufacturers transition to aluminum parts to meet customer demand, many of the old welding tricks that work with steel go straight out the window. Being successful with aluminum means using new techniques that maintain quality and control material costs.

Read More

Topics: Arc Welding, Manufacturing, automotive


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.

Read More

Topics: Handling, New Technologies, Manufacturing, Mobile Robotics, automotive


The Robotic Engineering Industry: What Students Need To Know

Posted by Scott Rhodes on Jun 26, 2017 10:00:00 AM

 Let’s face it. The public has a surface-level understanding of the robotic engineering industry. Thanks to the media, and some healthy imagination, we envision a new, progressive industry filled with modern engineers, hovercrafts and automated toys. But the robotic engineering industry is neither new, nor occupied by a new breed of engineers (at least not yet). For high school students preparing for STEM careers in this field, it’s important to separate the facts from the fiction and dive into the core of the matter. Here are few things to know:

Read More

Topics: Education and Training


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.

Read More

Topics: New Technologies, Mobile Robotics


Food Just Got Faster

Posted by Jack Uhl on Apr 24, 2017 10:04:17 AM

If you think of the food industry as a wheel, safety is the hub and its spokes are: production, cleanliness and labor. The rim tying these spokes together ought to be automation because it can directly improve each one. Here’s how:

Read More

Topics: Consumer Products, Manufacturing, Packaging, Food & Beverage


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.

Read More

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


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.

Read More

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


Keep on Truckin’ Lightly with Aluminum Welding

Posted by Chris Anderson on Jan 25, 2017 3:13:24 PM

Manufacturers of over-the-road vehicles (also referred to as OTR or long-haul trucks), and to a lesser degree car manufacturers, are improving fuel economy and reducing the weight of their vehicles with aluminum. Assembling frames, trailers and other components made of aluminum requires welding, and there are important differences between robotically welding steel components versus those made of aluminum.

Listen to the Full Episode

 

Read More

Topics: Arc Welding, Manufacturing, Tips and Tools, automotive


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.

Read More

Topics: New Technologies, Collaborative Robots, Manufacturing, ROI


Plug and Play Palletizing

Subscribe to Email Updates