The next step in the Internet of Things is here. These robots and the machine tools they tend can use a single controller for automated interaction instead of separate units operated by different kinds of software that must communicate through a fieldbus. Now the same control system can manage both the machines and the robots of an automated plant.
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.
Engineers from CGTech will use VERICUT software to evaluate the accuracy of the NC programs created by students at multiple SkillsUSA/NIMS events.
In recognition of National Robotics Week, students toured their facility to learn about industrial robotics and many related career path opportunities.
Partnerships are developing dedicated curricula and tools to deliver real-world industrial experiences in a classroom environment.
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.