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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

Contactless Handling of Small Parts in Clean Rooms

ZS-Handling MicroLevi gripper

Conventional handling systems often cause contamination or surface damage. ZS-Handling’s system featuring the MicroLevi gripper avoids both problems by using negative pressure and a patented ultrasound bearing.

Conventional handling systems often cause contamination or surface damage. ZS-Handling’s system featuring...

4-Axis Palletizing Robot Moves Half a Ton

Yaskawa Motoman’s PL500

Gotta move heavy stuff fast? Yaskawa Motoman’s powerful PL500 robot efficiently enables a variety of palletizing applications, order picking and other logistical tasks for end-of-line or distribution automation. Payload: 1,102 pounds (500 kg).

Gotta move heavy stuff fast? Yaskawa Motoman’s powerful PL500 robot efficiently enables...

Safe, Ergonomic Unpacking Of Sheet Metal Stacks

Kasto’s plate handler

KASTO’s plate handler significantly reduces the amount of manual labor involved in unpacking and storing heavy plates. The machine also provides processors of sheet metal an attractive way to automate storage of heavy sheet metal stacks.

KASTO’s plate handler significantly reduces the amount of manual labor involved in...
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