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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

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...

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...
Automation/Robotics: Products

Paint It Pretty With Precise and Versatile 6-Axis Robots

Yaskawa Motoman’s MPX Series high-speed robots

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.

Armed with application-specific software and a controller that coordinates operation of the...

World’s First Robot With Process-Optimized Motion Modes

KUKA’s KR Quantec robots

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.

In addition to providing the longest reach in the high-payload category and...

Plug-and-Play Intelligent Screwdriver Drives ROI

Screwdriver from OnRobot

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.

OnRobot’s Screwdriver can be deployed and redeployed for different applications in minutes....
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