Smart technologies and augmented reality are a growing part of the future of manufacturing. Shops must embrace this growing interaction between humans and computer systems in order to remain competitive in the future. Are you ready?
A looming skills gap that must be filled. Robots taking away jobs. Shops fighting to keep jobs in our country. How about some promising news regarding our manufacturing sector?
Automating the shear section of an ironworker with a simple stop and some software is a relatively easy way to reduce cycle times on both shearing and setup and improve part accuracy, eliminate rework, and improve material yield.
Factories in the future will be able to run automatically, for the most part. We are only at the start of this revolution, with a lot more development and integration to come, covering every aspect of a business and the performance of its machinery and resources.
Burrs cannot be part of the equation in mission-critical part applications. Here are some ways to switch from manual to automated deburring to improve part-to-part consistency and quality, produce more parts per shifts and increase uptime, and reduce labor costs and time lost to operator injuries.
Demand is growing for defined finishing of single, high value parts with complex or freeform surfaces that cannot touch each other during the process. Here are some fully automated systems that perform all-around surface treatment of parts, target specific surface areas for finishing, and guarantee absolute repeatable finishing results for each part.
The shop floor says hello to IBM Watson Internet of Things.
In celebration of National Robotics Week, they hosted and provided facility tours for students from local high schools, universities and career centers.
Jeff Zelley is their new vice president of manufacturing.
FA-P advanced automation on the Strippit-PX punch press from LVD provides dynamic load/unload capacity, smart part picking and a large area for stacking punched parts directly onto designated pallets from sheets up to 120 in x 60 in by 4 mm thick from two shuttle tables with a maximum capacity of 6,600 lb.
For high speed ultrasonic cutting, trimming, deburring and chamfering, the flexible EcoTrim workcell from Yaskawa Motoman can adapt to cutting top layer only (kiss cuts), perforated line cutting and compression of foam or other thick materials.
The unique software architecture of FASTSUITE Edition 2 digital factory software from CENIT can easily program robots and/or machine tools by using the process geometry defined on the workpiece and the available technology packages.