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Programming a Robot Doesn’t Have to be a Dark Art

Yaskawa America Inc. – Motoman Robotics Division Smart Pendant

As production goals change in a post-pandemic world, more manufacturers are using robots to deal with labor shortages and high-mix, low-volume (HMLV) orders. Easy-to-use tools for novice operators are enabling faster implementation on factory floors.

Robotics / Automation: Articles

Programming a Robot Doesn’t Have to be a Dark Art

Yaskawa America Inc. – Motoman Robotics Division Smart Pendant

As production goals change in a post-pandemic world, more manufacturers are using robots to deal with labor shortages and high-mix, low-volume (HMLV) orders. Easy-to-use tools for novice operators are enabling faster implementation on factory floors.

As production goals change in a post-pandemic world, more manufacturers are using...

Will the Real Collaborative Robot (aka Cobot) Please Stand Up?

Yaskawa Cobot Welding

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.

A robotic system is ‘collaborative’ only if all elements – robot, tooling,...

Automatic CNC Machine Tending Keeps Die Caster Globally Competitive

“If it’s repetitive, we want to automate it,” says Ron Marconi, engineering and technology director at an Illinois manufacturer of automotive and consumer products components. Faced with losing business to Mexico, the company deployed two robotic cells to increase productivity. The investment paid for itself in less than a year.

“If it’s repetitive, we want to automate it,” says Ron Marconi, engineering...

Skilled Hands

Humanoid manipulators with an ever-higher flexibility of motion are here and will grow in demand in the future because the closer human beings and robots work together, the greater the relevance of five-fingered gripping hands. Here’s why.

Humanoid manipulators with an ever-higher flexibility of motion are here and will...

Added Value: The Importance of Aftermarket Care

You’ve covered every detail in upfront costs and factory floorspace, but what about technical support and service after production starts? Whether buying one robot or hundreds, having access to diverse support services to ensure peak robot performance is vital to maximizing your return on investment. Here’s why.

You’ve covered every detail in upfront costs and factory floorspace, but what...
Robotics / Automation: Products

Three Cobots with Built-In Vision Systems

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Accu Tech USA Techman Robot cobots

Delivering payloads ranging from 9 to 31 pounds and reach up to 4.25 feet, the TM5, TM12, and TM14 cobots from Techman Robot can “see” and automatically reposition objects using a smart user interface.

Delivering payloads ranging from 9 to 31 pounds and reach up to...

All-in-One Kits for Quality Assurance Using Universal Robots UR3e Cobot

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Q-Span Workstation from New Scale Robotics

Designed for Universal Robots’ UR3e cobot arm, the Q-Span Workstation from New Scale Robotics comes with everything necessary to automate small-part measurement inspection. You can improve gage R&R and boost capacity without adding headcount.

Designed for Universal Robots’ UR3e cobot arm, the Q-Span Workstation from New...

Two-Arm Cobot Doubles Efficiency Without Sacrificing Safety

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Kawasaki duAro dual-arm collaborative SCARA cobot

Even though they have two arms, Kawasaki Robotics’ duAro cobots fit into a single-person space while providing enough room for an employee to safely work alongside. Two models provide 8.8- and  13-pound payloads.

Even though they have two arms, Kawasaki Robotics’ duAro cobots fit into...
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