Automation/Robotics

Sheariously Awesome Ironworker Automation

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.
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Automation/Robotics: Articles

Industry 4.0 for Sheet Metal Manufacturers

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.

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. 

Automating Special Surface Finishing Tasks

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

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

Take a look at how robots optimized sheet metal production by 20 percent by taking over monotonous and potentially hazardous tasks.

 

Automation/Robotics: Industry News

Motion Industries Acquires Braas Company

This deal expands Motion's presence in industrial plant floor automation.

Universal Robots Names New President

Jürgen von Hollen takes over leadership of the company.

FANUC America Appoints New President and CEO

Mike Cicco is responsible for all of the company’s operations in North and South America.

 

Automation/Robotics: Products

Robotic Inspection Made Easy

Metrolog X4 I-Robot version v7 from Metrologic controls both the measuring device and the robot directly, eliminating the need for several software packages and a complex integration to control a robotic cell.

The Next Generation of Adaptive Bending

Synchro-Form adaptive bending technology from LVD Strippit automatically maintains angular consistency and geometric profile when handling, positioning and bending large parts with multiple bends.

Shop Floor Automation Solutions

Predator Software updates from Shop Floor Automations provide specific solutions for machine monitoring, DNC communication, CNC program editing, document control and tool management.