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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.

Automation/Robotics: Articles

The Six Things COVID-19’s Manufacturing Winners Have in Common

AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology President Doug Woods outlines the six transformative technologies that are helping companies meet swiftly changing market demand without sacrificing quality or employee safety.

AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology President Doug Woods outlines the...

Robotic Revolution: The Dawn of True Human/Machine Collaboration

The pandemic prompted manufacturers to fast-track automation plans to safely produce and deliver competitively priced products. Association for Advancing Automation (A3) President Jeff Burnstein explains the potential impact of cobots.

The pandemic prompted manufacturers to fast-track automation plans to safely produce and...

Think of Weld Traceability As Your Company’s Unofficial Insurance Policy

Yaskawa’s AccuFast II laser-based seam finder

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.

Robotic welding cells with arc-monitoring and -reporting capability provide peace of mind...

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,...

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...
Automation/Robotics: Products

Robot Boosts Electronics Production

KR 6 robot by KUKA

KUKA’s KR 6 SCARA robot offers reach/radius options of 500mm and 700 mm, and Z-axis stroke of 200 mm. Faster and lighter than smaller 6-axis models, it offers manufacturers ease of use while expediting production speed.

KUKA’s KR 6 SCARA robot offers reach/radius options of 500mm and 700...

Mount This Robot Controller Your Way

KUKA KR_C5_micro

Designed to mount in four different ways, KUKA’s KR C5 micro is about 200% smaller than full-sized controllers, but storage capacity isn’t sacrificed. It’s equipped with the latest KUKA System Software – users can easily migrate in their programs from the previous version.

Designed to mount in four different ways, KUKA’s KR C5 micro is...

CNC and Robotics Integration Simplifies Operations

FANUC QSSR

The Quick and Simple Startup of Robotization (QSSR) from FANUC America enables FANUC CNCs to directly program robots through the G-code – special operator training in robotic programming language not required.

The Quick and Simple Startup of Robotization (QSSR) from FANUC America enables...
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