Automation/Robotics

What Lies Ahead in Real Time

The Holy Grail in manufacturing automation lies in machine tool monitoring and the growing impact of network communications on equipment effectiveness for manufacturers.
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Automation/Robotics: Articles

Internet 4.0 Innovations for Machine Tools

Using an integrated Beckhoff control computer, the 701S micromachining center from Willemin-Macodel delivers path accuracy better than 0.2 μm, low sensitivity to temperature fluctuations and very high precision and repeatability at a maximum speed of 80,000 rpm – without tool holders, which increases static and dynamic rigidity and results in very high balancing quality and a low radial runout (less than 1 μm at the tool tip).
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.

Intelligent Factories: The Fourth Industrial Revolution

The biggest challenge for intelligent metalworking shops is implementing the correct individualized manufacturing systems on the software side that can fit their unique needs and provide competitive advantages.
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.

Automation: Essential for 5-Axis Machining Productivity

The robot picks the next job from the Lang Eco Tower and loads it to the MX520 5-axis machining center so that production can continue uninterrupted until all the vices on the tower have been completed.
What used to take seven or eight operations can now be done in two, and one job, which took three standard weeks can now be completed in three days with 24 hour running, according to the company's managing director.

 

Automation/Robotics: Industry News

ABB Robotics Opens Houston Facility

The new 21,000 sq ft ABB Robotics facility in Houston will support local users with the latest robotic manufacturing technology in CNC machining and metal fabrication applications.  The facility houses an array of live robotic demos so visitors can learn first-hand how various systems can improve their operation. 
The new 21,000 sq ft facility supports the local area with robotic manufacturing technology in CNC machining and metal fabrication applications.

ABB Robotics Offers Customer Certification

Classes are taught by certified ABB instructors, supported by comprehensive course materials dedicated to each application. Certification in each area is awarded after the successful completion of all course work and a cumulative, online final exam. The program is targeted to engineers, technicians and programmers who work with robots.
The curriculum covers Arc Welding, Spot Welding, Laser Cutting, Material Handling and Paint. 

Applied Robotics Adds New Director

Kevin Drummond, Applied Robotics   "Now is an excellent time to be joining the company. We have a highly skilled workforce, a loyal customer base and our products are best-in-class. We are in the perfect position to launch our exciting growth plans, increase our presence globally, and enhance the value of the solutions and services that enable our customers to realize their objectives."
Kevin Drummond is now responsible for overseeing all sales and marketing activities.

 

Automation/Robotics: Products

Advanced Robotics, Automation for Manufacturing Cells

Designed for both small batch and high volume production, the FlexMT increases spindle utilization by up to 60 percent over manual machine tending. The system can handle most any size and type of part, and is compatible with a wide range of machine tools, including horizontal and vertical lathes, machining centers, 5-axis machines and grinders. 
ABB Robotics offers the new IRB1200 robot family, the FlexMT machine tending cell, and part handling with the higher payload FlexPicker delta robot for job shops of varying sizes serving different industry sectors.

How a Flexible Manufacturing System Advances the Science of Machining

Take a look at how this flexible manufacturing system (FMS) from Makino has become a cost-competitive solution for the high-mix, low-volume production requirements at Micro-Mechanics.

Unattended Machining

This automated machine-tending package, designed by Gosiger Automation, features a Fanuc M-10iA six-axis, industrial robot integrated to a Hardinge T-51 CNC multi-function sub-spindle lathe and a Renishaw Equator™ programmable comparative gage.
The ultimate goal in the trend toward greater automation in machine shops is unattended machining. Here is a review of some of the latest integrated machine tool systems that can help shops achieve that goal.