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Automation/Robotics

Automation is the individual use or integrated configuration of computer software, machines or other technologies ranging from fully mechanical systems to fully virtual networks, very simple to intensely complex in functionality, to carry out a task that would typically be done by a human worker. Robotics is a segment of automation involving a machine (robot) capable of making independent movements programmed to perform complex tasks ranging from simple handling of parts to full machine tending, welding, grinding and other operations typically performed by a human worker.

Easy Wins: Adapting to a New Manufacturing Reality

Yaskawa Motoman welding robotics

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.

Automation/Robotics: Articles

Easy Wins: Adapting to a New Manufacturing Reality

Yaskawa Motoman welding robotics

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.

As many fabricating and metalworking companies seek to revitalize production in these...

Upsizing with Jigless Welding

Greater robot payloads are opening the door to automatic fabrication of large, unwieldy components.

Greater robot payloads are opening the door to automatic fabrication of large,...

Data Requirements for Artificial Intelligence in Manufacturing

Ready to enter the world of Big Data? Before AI can effectively learn a model of a manufacturing process, the data requirements must be properly designed and fed enough examples of the right data for the algorithms to automatically learn complex patterns from a sample of data. Here are some insights to help you get prepared.

Ready to enter the world of Big Data? Before AI can effectively...

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...
Automation/Robotics: Products

Automated Laser Cladding for 3D Metal Additive Repair

Optomec Huffman automated 3D Metal Additive Repair

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.

Optomec integrates Fanuc LRMate 200 robotic loading with its Huffman line of...

Autonomous Bin Picking Kit Provides the Vision Minus the Collision

ActiNav from Universal Robots

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.

Machine tending steps into a new playing field with Universal Robot’s ActiNav,...

Laser Welding Labs Specialize in Electric Motors, Batteries

Comau laser labs

Comau’s highly specialized laser laboratories feature Comau NJ-220 robots and LHYTE technology that optimizes high-precision joining. The labs are in Italy, Shanghai, and Michigan.

Comau’s highly specialized laser laboratories feature Comau NJ-220 robots and LHYTE technology...
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