Automation/Robotics

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.
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Automation/Robotics: Articles

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.

The Shop Floor Goes Mobile

In manufacturing cells at CMP Corporation, tablets essentially replaced all forms of paper. Before this, a machinist had to walk to a filing cabinet to find his change-over form, set-up sheet, prints and anything else he or she might need. 
Integrating mobile device technology into your manufacturing operations can boost your company’s productivity — but only if you create the right strategy.

Touchless Fabrication

Metal fabricators have discovered how the benefits of automation exceed its increasing range of capabilities. As they retrain their machine technicians to become robot operators, shops are learning how to use automation to create safer, more rewarding work environments in all sorts of metal fabricating processes.
The improved affordability of automation and its impressive returns on investment are sweeping through the shop floors of metal fabrication as robots and advanced motion control systems replace the human hands once needed to handle and process material.

 

Automation/Robotics: Industry News

Robotics Education Strategy for the Economy

Partnerships are developing dedicated curricula and tools to deliver real-world industrial experiences in a classroom environment.

Acieta Names New President

Blake Consdorf assumes the leadership role for the division.

LVD Strippit Opens Midwest Support Center

The new Midwest Support Center in the Twin Cities metro area offers comprehensive service support, spare parts, upgrades and retrofits. It houses a range of sheet metal fabrication equipment for training and demonstration. This facility is also the site of design and engineering functions for the company’s tube laser cutting business.
The Minnesota facility is the first of three U.S. regional support centers that will open in 2016.

 

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.