A robot can now replace a machine tool in certain applications, bringing a high level of flexibility to use different tools in the 3D space that changes the way processes and component design are viewed.
Increasing demands for shorter lead times, improved quality and lower costs mean shop managers should seriously consider automation as an investment in long-term dynamic growth and flexibility.
The Holy Grail in manufacturing automation lies in machine tool monitoring and the growing impact of network communications on equipment effectiveness for manufacturers.
Take a look at how PC-based control technology is turning visionary Industry 4.0 concepts into profitable "smart factories" through the use of Google Glass in automation, all-in-one robot and machine tool control, and standard OPC UA connectivity.
A new era of highly efficient, flexible and customizable mass production requires software and analytical systems that turn the deluge of data produced by intelligent factories into useful and valuable information.
Partnerships are developing dedicated curricula and tools to deliver real-world industrial experiences in a classroom environment.
Blake Consdorf assumes the leadership role for the division.
The 17,000 sq ft building will more than double their capacity for building robotic systems.
Here are some of the latest machine tools to help your shop become more competitive.
Lightweight, 6-axis UR5 and UR10 collaborative industrial robot arms from Universal Robots are for shops that thought robots were too expensive, cumbersome, and hard to program and integrate into existing production.
The AMICO robot from Comau is the next step toward an increasingly precise and effective future of machine-machine cooperation and, progressively, man-machine cooperation.