Automation/Robotics

Practical Success: Measurable Energy Savings in Die Casting Automation

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.
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Automation/Robotics: Articles

Beckhoff North America has New President

Aurelio Banda (right) will become president of Beckhoff Automation LLC on January 1, 2015. The subsidiary’s current president, Graham Harris (left), will assume a regional management position as part of a planned transition from the leadership role he has held since 2003.
Aurelio Banda takes over North American operations on January 1.

KUKA to Build Robotic Riveting Systems for Boeing

The pulse line uses guided robots equipped with end effectors to do the riveting on the forward and aft sections, installing up to 60,000 fasteners per fuselage, quickly and with great precision. (Photo courtesy of KUKA Systems)
The Boeing 777 wide-body fuselage will be assembled by robots using end effectors to do the riveting currently done with handheld tools.

KC Robotics Hires New Service Manager

Jeff Randall is now responsible for managing and providing robotic service and repair.

Rise of the Robots in Italy

Italian production rebounded to 2,781 robots and reached 490 million euros to meet increases in domestic robotic consumption and export demands last year.

Wolf Robotics Selected As Top Workplace

The employee survey reflects the true meaning and value behind gratified employees in a happy and engaged workforce.

 

Automation/Robotics: Products

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.

Monitor CNCs Remotely with Tablet-Type Devices

The Series 30i/31i/32i-MODEL B CNC, is now capable of acting as a web server.  It allows you to display CNC screens on any device on your network; for example, over wireless Ethernet to communicate with a tablet-type device.  This ability allows maintenance or production personnel on the shop floor to monitor all the CNC equipment from across the shop in one location and on one device.  
For advanced smooth and accurate simultaneous 5-axis high-speed machining, remote operated 30i-B/31i-B5 CNCs from FANUC FA America boast the new High-Speed Smooth TCP with new fairing technology.  

Game-Changing Machine Tool Operation with Smart Phone Convenience

The large touch display of the handy device visualizes the individual user interface, which is communicated by the device controller via a web browser. Traditional operating elements such as the high-resolution hand-wheel that eases real-time interaction between the operator and the controller are provided at the same time. 
The ProNumeric OP 50 M hand-held operating device from Schleicher Electronic represents one of the first times that a machine tool can be controlled with smart-phone convenience.