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Robotic welding cells with arc-monitoring and -reporting capability provide peace of mind in two ways. They ensure consistent production and automatically collect and store data a fabrication company can easily share with customers that impose traceability requirements.
Armed with application-specific software and a controller that coordinates operation of the robot and painting devices, the three machines that comprise Yaskawa Motoman’s MPX Series precisely dispense paint on components of virtually any size.
In addition to providing the longest reach in the high-payload category and featuring a slimmer profile, KUKA’s updated KR Quantec robot offers three software plug-ins to maximize performance, path, and cycle times.
OnRobot’s Screwdriver can be deployed and redeployed for different applications in minutes. Its built-in smart features – including precise torque and embedded axis control – simplify programming and drive productivity.
A robotic system is ‘collaborative’ only if all elements – robot, tooling, workpiece, and work area – meet international safety standards. Depending on application, you may be able to turn a standard industrial robot into a cobot and comply.
Sugino Machine adds waterjet peening with up to 5-axis CNC control to its lineup of equipment that uses water to atomize, deburr, and clean. Peen inside holes, tubes, and cavities without masking or the waste and mess of standard shot peening.
An upgrade to the CSD-300 twin-spindle lathe, the front-facing CSD-300II from Fuji Machine America is more robust and loaded with new-or-improved features for faster and easier operation than its predecessor.
Handling material up to 84 in. wide, Automatic Feed’s coil-fed lubricant brush washers continuously clean debris while an automatic grease system lubricates the roll bearings. Result: great surface quality and reduced downtime for maintenance.
Use Coldwater Machine’s solution to straighten tubes and bars made from many types of metals automatically, without operator intervention. Once sensors create a profile of the tubes or bars, a servo press bends the material over the servo’s length till straightening requirements are achieved.
Optomec integrates Fanuc LRMate 200 robotic loading with its Huffman line of production 3D metal additive repair machines for high-volume turbine work and myriad industrial applications. Autonomous batch processing expedites cycle times and frees the operator to add value elsewhere.
Machine tending steps into a new playing field with Universal Robot’s ActiNav, where pick and place accuracy exceeds dropping into a box. With minimal operator intervention, parts are inserted into a fixture for their next step in the processing journey.
As many fabricating and metalworking companies seek to revitalize production in these trying times, a new sense of urgency is prompting creative approaches to automation. While each shop will forge a unique path to its own new reality, they’ll share common challenges and solutions.
Miller Releases Improved OpenBook Learning Management System
Improvements include an updated interface and new software features that offer a more robust experience for welding instructors and students.
Optomec Receives Air Force Contract for System to Repair Aircraft Engines
LENS technology using DED process will enable production repair of titanium turbine blades at cost savings up to 70%.