Robotics / Automation

The Culture Shock of Safety First

They might come as a shock to some accountants, but the productivity gains, cost savings and other returns on investing in a safety-first culture are very real to the people who spend most of their days on the shop floor. After identifying safety trouble spots and investing in automated equipment that provides as inherently safe a workplace as possible, we have reduced workers' compensation claims to near zero.
Robotics / Automation: Articles

Overcoming Obstacles with 3D Vision Technologies

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 – until now.

Gaining a Competitive Position

Integrating material positioners into their operations enables this manufacturer of HVAC products to deliver quick job turnarounds at lower costs.


Robotics / Automation: Industry News

ABB Sells First U.S. Manufactured Robot

An IRB 2600 will be used by Hitachi Powdered Metals for handling in-process engine components.

Advanced Autonomous Mobile Robot Enters North American Market

The emerging mobile robot industry is expected to achieve total sales of 14,500 units and revenue of $20 billion over the next three years.

Omron Supports Illinois FIRST

The company donated $25,000 to promote hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education for young people.


Robotics / Automation: Products

Automated Turret Punch Press Loading

Ideal for handling full-size blank sheets and finished parts, FS Tower Series cell stocker systems from Murata Machinery can double the production of a stand-alone machine and provide lights out, unattended operation during breaks, shift changes, lunch and after hours, as well as more consistent production to improve job estimates and costs.

Flexible Handling and Storage of Sheet Metal Inventory

The BASIC Tower Sheet Metal 4.0 system from Remmert allows shops to keep an economically sensible stock of sheet metal inventory while maintaining flexible handling of the material.

Flexible Automated Material Handling for Unmanned Production

For CNC machine tools, the Flexible Pallet Container pallet handling system from Fastems enables operators to set up new pallets while parts on other pallets are being completed, eliminating the need to stop machining to change setups.