Automation/Robotics

Automated Deburring of Mission-Critical Parts

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. 
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Automation/Robotics: Articles

Automating Special Surface Finishing Tasks

The innovative Surf-Finisher opens new possibilities for fully automated processing of components with complex shapes, wet or dry. The system uses one or two 6-axis robots and a rotating work bowl filled with specially selected grinding or polishing media. The bowl can be sized for treating relatively large components or for simultaneous, entirely touch-free finishing of multiple parts. The system even allows the targeted deburring, smoothing and polishing of specific surface areas on parts. (first view)
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. 

Shaping Tomorrow’s Production

With IT services provided by AXOOM, manufacturing companies can move toward Industry 4.0 at their own pace by simplifying process steps within production, synchronizing them, and bringing overall productivity to an entirely new and higher level. (first view) (Illustrations courtesy of TRUMPF)
A new IT services platform supports the entire production value chain – regardless of the manufacturer – with modular solutions that allow shops to transition into Industry 4.0 at their own speed, step by step. 

Collaborative Robots in High Mix, Low Volume Shops

SFEG placed the new robots on pedestals with wheels and is now building the fleet of mobile robots deployed throughout the sheet metal department, integrating them in the entire production cycle from cutting the initial blank on the blanking press to forming, folding and final assembly of the electrical components.
Take a look at how robots optimized sheet metal production by 20 percent by taking over monotonous and potentially hazardous tasks.

The Ins and Outs of Laser Cutting Automation

In a logistic center, software controls the entire process and the production plan of machines that are connected to both sides of a large storage system located in the center of the production that handles raw material and semi-finished goods automatically between various processing steps.
Advancements in laser cutting productivity are shifting the bottleneck away from cutting the material to handling it. This means automation should match specific needs for different production setups. 

Practical Success: Measurable Energy Savings in Die Casting Automation

More than 40 percent of the energy consumption takes place in standby operations outside the production process itself. In many cases, systems are not switched off in standby operations between production cycles and so they continue to consume energy.  
The integrated control system inside this standard casting cell with trim press from Reis Robotics saves the Pierburg foundry up to 30 percent on energy consumption.

 

Automation/Robotics: Industry News

FANUC America Appoints New President and CEO

Mike Cicco, FANUC “I am excited and honored to take on this role, and I look forward to working with Rick and our talented senior leadership team to achieve our future growth objectives.”
Mike Cicco has responsibility for all of the company’s operations in North and South America.

ABB Appoints New Head of Discrete Automation and Motion

Sami Atiya, ABB He holds a PhD in the field of robotics, sensors and data processing from the University of Wuppertal, obtained during his time at the Fraunhofer Institute for Information and Data Processing, and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Automation from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. He holds an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the U.S.
Sami Atiya joins their executive committee as the president of the Discrete Automation and Motion division.

Yaskawa Mexico Hires General Manager

Germán Villalobos, Yaskawa Mexico As their new general manager, he is responsible for the operation of the company's three facilities located in Mexico: Aguascalientes, Apodaca and Queretaro.
Germán Villalobos is responsible for the company’s strategic direction and sales growth in Mexico.

 

Automation/Robotics: Products

Polishing Up Operations with Collaborative Robots

Using this UR10 collaborative robot from Universal Robots in polishing applications has significantly increased production, eliminating bottlenecks while improving the work environment for the workers. 
Introducing a collaborative robot in the polishing department increased production by 50 percent at Paradigm.

Humanoid Robots for Machine-Machine Cooperation

The arms of AMICO feature two SCHUNK SDH2 grippers, a multi-articulated gripping system with 3 fingers and the ability to grab a wide range of objects, which makes it perfect for robotic industrial applications. Two of the SCHUNK gripper fingers can, in fact, change their orientation to adapt to a wide variety of applications. The gripper is also able to recognize each surface and release the necessary strength through a specific sensor. In addition to extreme precision, this allows the robot to immediately understand whether the gripping is optimal or should be adjusted.
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.

Fast, Flexible Parts Transfer for High Speed Press Automation

The Twin Robot Xbar (TRX) parts transfer system has an output rate of up to 16 parts per minute for big panels in tandem press lines and can be retrofitted to existing press lines, setting it apart from similar systems which require additional space between the upright and bolster.
With a flexible robot-based solution, trouble-free change over and user-friendly programming interface, the Twin Robot Xbar from ABB Robotics is a cost efficient and reliable system for transferring big panels in tandem press lines.