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Mitsubishi Electric robot helps English university explore 3D printing and art
July 27, 2018

Mitsubishi Electric robot helps English university explore 3D printing and art

Additive Manufacturing (3D printing) is increasingly being used in the manufacturing industry for prototyping, low volume manufacture and for making items with complex shapes which cannot easily be reproduced by other means.

Cognex smart cameras help SYSTEMATIX achieve vision-guided robot bin picking solution
July 06, 2018

Cognex smart cameras help SYSTEMATIX achieve vision-guided robot bin picking solution

SYSTEMATIX developed a VGR solution. Using a discrete distance measurement sensor, a Cognex In-Sight 8000 vision system with PatMax RedLine pattern-search capability mounted on a vertical slide, and a 6-axis robot, SYSTEMATIX built the work cell.

inVia helps Rakuten Super Logistics deploy autonomous warehouse robotics technology
May 09, 2018

inVia helps Rakuten Super Logistics deploy autonomous warehouse robotics technology

Rakuten Super Logistics (RSL) has deployed inVia’s autonomous warehouse robotics technology within its Nevada operations. Rakuten Super Logistics (RSL) is a national e-commerce order fulfillment company that has been working on order fulfillment technology since 2001.

SMB Bearings helps Shadow Robot Company build industrial grasping robot
April 02, 2018

SMB Bearings helps Shadow Robot Company build industrial grasping robot

As part of the design process, the Shadow Robot Company needed specific bearings with very tight tolerances in dimensional accuracy. This is important for accuracy of the smart grasper’s movements. So, the team contacted SMB Bearings as the business is known for its supply of non-standard bearings.

TM Robotics help Finnish facility automate material handing operations
March 26, 2018

TM Robotics help Finnish facility automate material handing operations

Finland-based Orfer Oy needed to automate to speed up its packaging operations. With this in mind, Orfer standardized on the Toshiba Machine TH650A high-speed SCARA robot for the BoxCellPlus.

Omnify Software helps enhance PLM capabilities for 6 River Systems' robotics facility
December 05, 2017

Omnify Software helps enhance PLM capabilities for 6 River Systems' robotics facility

6RS needed a new system to document and control all product lifecycle information and ensure clear communication of information. The system also had to provide complete and detailed Bill of Materials (BOMs) and Engineering Change Orders (ECOs) to their CM.

Dell delivers IoT infrastructure to Emerson, Talisen and Innodep
July 28, 2017

Dell delivers IoT infrastructure to Emerson, Talisen and Innodep

According to a new report published by Dell Technologies and the Institute for the Future (IFTF), emerging technologies such as IoT, along with massive advancements in software, big data and processing power, will reshape society.

Otto Motors helps GE enable lean manufacturing of medical equipment
April 26, 2017

Otto Motors helps GE enable lean manufacturing of medical equipment

GE Healthcare has reduced the size of its repair cell stations at the Repair Operations Center by 40%, much of which is due to the integration of the OTTO self-driving vehicles.

Renishaw robot assists successful neurosurgery procedure at Welsh hospital
April 18, 2017

Renishaw robot assists successful neurosurgery procedure at Welsh hospital

Renishaw’s neuromate stereotactic robot assisted surgeon Prof. William Gray during the SEEG case, a procedure which uses intracerebral electrodes to measure electrical signals.

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Remtec delivers robotic material handling for Dana Inc.
February 23, 2017

Remtec delivers robotic material handling for Dana Inc.

In early 2016, Dana Incorporated contracted Remtec Automation to design, manufacture and install an automated turnkey robotic material handling system with vision guidance for a rear axle assembly, integrating the workcell into an existing conveyor system.

ABB provides controlled transmission drives for Indian mining company
February 21, 2017

ABB provides controlled transmission drives for Indian mining company

Located in Northwest India, the mine delivers lignite, sometimes called brown coal, to the Jallipa Kapurdi coal-fired power plant. Initially the lignite was transported by truck, but mine officials determined that a long conveyor would be a better solution.

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CADENAS software used to automate LUCAS' robot quote generation
December 02, 2016

CADENAS software used to automate LUCAS' robot quote generation

The assemblies of LUCAS are modular and built with numerous variable properties. The primary goal therefore was to automate the preparation of offers.

October 20, 2016

KUKA robots work with University of Stuttgart on automated sewing process

The university in Stuttgart combines bionic investigations with innovative robotic manufacturing methods

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Axiom automates B2C Europe with 100 destination packet mail sorter
August 24, 2016

Axiom automates B2C Europe with 100 destination packet mail sorter

The new sorter has automated B2C Europe's parcel and pack sortation, enabling the company to sort up to 8,000 packets an hour. This has given the company the futureproof ability to handle three times its current volume.

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KEEN footwear chooses ABB Robotics to automate shoe manufacturing
August 24, 2016

KEEN footwear chooses ABB Robotics to automate shoe manufacturing

The UNEEK Robotic Cell features two ABB IRB 120 robots weaving the interlocking cords of the shoe’s upper portion. The robotic cell can produce a shoe in half the time of the current process.

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FIPA builds End-of-Arm-Tooling to enhance FANUC robotics
July 27, 2016

FIPA builds End-of-Arm-Tooling to enhance FANUC robotics

Built in FIPA’s American facilities, and installed in the testing and demonstration laboratory at FANUC headquarters in Rochester Hills, Michigan, this custom EOAT solution features four flat vacuum cups especially designed for heavy-duty ejector for process reliability.

Auris' Robotic Endoscopy system gains FDA approval
June 27, 2016

Auris' Robotic Endoscopy system gains FDA approval

The FDA has approved the Auris Robotic Endoscopy System as an advanced bronchoscope that aids in both visualizing and treating several lung conditions.

SITA's baggage robot automates Geneva Airport bag drop
May 18, 2016

SITA's baggage robot automates Geneva Airport bag drop

Leo, the fully autonomous baggage robot, has the capacity to check in, print bag tags and transport up to two suitcases with a maximum weight of 32kg. It also has an obstacle avoidance capability and can navigate in a high-traffic environment such as an airport.

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PSA using Keyence laser displacement sensors to inspect piston rings
May 03, 2016

PSA using Keyence laser displacement sensors to inspect piston rings

PSA uses two different models of LK-G sensor – two LK-G32s, which have small spot diameters (30 microns) to inspect the oil rings and upper sealing rings, and two LK-G82s to inspect the compression rings.

WEISS completes dial plate to facilitate Jerit robotics
April 29, 2016

WEISS completes dial plate to facilitate Jerit robotics

The design incorporates two robots−one SCARA (Selective Compliance Assembly Robot Arm) robot for glue dispensing, and one 6-axis robot for part removal, reject, staging, and placement into preformed trays.

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Ingenium Develops Automated Production Cell for Wheelbarrow Manufacturer
April 07, 2016

Ingenium Develops Automated Production Cell for Wheelbarrow Manufacturer

The cell will speed the H & E Knowles' production of wheelbarrow full and part frames by eliminating many labor-intensive aspects of production.

Robots automate wheelbarrow manufacturing
January 18, 2016

Robots automate wheelbarrow manufacturing

Unison robots help Walsall Wheelbarrow increase production capacity from 1800 to 3500 ‘barrow in a box’ wheelbarrows per day.

Halter CNC robotic loading arm feeds anchor bolt milling machines
November 25, 2015

Halter CNC robotic loading arm feeds anchor bolt milling machines

Since its installation, the robotic loading arm has increased output from its assigned CNC milling machine by at least 150 leaf chain anchor bolts per day.

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Universal Robots Helps Betacom Light Up New Zealand
October 01, 2015

Universal Robots Helps Betacom Light Up New Zealand

Industrial Automation Asia
Betacom Limited designs, manufactures and assembles a range of lighting products which are sold throughout New Zealand and Australia. It uses a UR10 robot to pick up and assemble circuit boards.

Vision guides high-speed robotic packaging
October 01, 2015

Vision guides high-speed robotic packaging

Control Design
Multiple vision sensors and a high-speed robot provide robust and easily configurable part handling on packaging system at Global Controls in Saint Charles, Illinois.

KUKA automation assembles Gulfstream aircraft
September 09, 2015

KUKA automation assembles Gulfstream aircraft

KUKA provided Gulfstream Aerospace with assembly fixtures – wing boxes and other tooling – as well as mobile robot platforms to help assemble wings and other parts.

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Robot anchors new keg line
August 24, 2015

Robot anchors new keg line

Packaging World
Asahi Premium Beverages (APB) of Melbourne, Australia, installed an Innopal RK 6 robot, which handles both palletizing and depalletizing of kegs. It’s capable of handling kegs from 10 to 58 L.

Robots rise to packaging challenges
August 24, 2015

Robots rise to packaging challenges

Packaging World
How robots are being used to package bottles, cans, pasta, organic foods and snack foods in thjese five case studies.

Robots enable lean production processes at BJ-Gear
June 04, 2015

Robots enable lean production processes at BJ-Gear

BJ-Gear in Denmark uses collaborative robots from Universal Robots to automate their production of gear wheels. This ushered in substantial cost savings on machinery, optimized work flows, and created a more varied and rewarding work environment.

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Manufacturer Future-Proofs with Flexible Control Platform and Safety Automation
January 17, 2015

Manufacturer Future-Proofs with Flexible Control Platform and Safety Automation

IEN
NATT's automated plant uses material handling robots to ensure efficiency and maximize throughput. Theyr etrofitted the press control system with an Allen-Bradley GuardLogix programmable automation controller (PAC) for safety control.

 LB Foster builds Assembly line for Jaguar XF Sportbrake
January 13, 2015

LB Foster builds Assembly line for Jaguar XF Sportbrake

The tabbing and framing cell takes the Sportbrake body floor out of the assembly line to have the side body panels, roof and other components put in place, tabbed and then welded by robots.

Robot software provides Flexible Aerospace Manufacturing
December 18, 2014

Robot software provides Flexible Aerospace Manufacturing

Sogerma Composites Aquitaine uses Robotmaster software to program a rail-mounted 6-axis robot. Applications include tooling thermal protection parts made of glass fiber for the Airbus A330 airliner and honeycomb for the Airbus Super-Puma MK II helicopter.

ABB robot palletising system features in world’s first mobile packaging plant
November 27, 2014

ABB robot palletising system features in world’s first mobile packaging plant

Automation
RM Group’s mobile packaging plant uses ABB’s IRB 6640 and IRB 460 robots as part of a system designed to provide customers with a versatile, efficient and easily transportable way of bagging products at source.

Automated MH Solution Streamlines Facility, with Room to Grow
November 18, 2014

Automated MH Solution Streamlines Facility, with Room to Grow

IEN
Phoenix Contact installed a robotic depalletizer, conveyor sortation system, a mini-load automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS), and 10 Goods to Person pick/pack stations driven by a warehouse management system that also controls a conventional warehouse.

October 30, 2014

Kollmorgen motors shrunk in Kuka robots

Kuka and Kollmorgen were able to reduce the installation volume of the motors compared to standard models, implement robot-specific applications and optimise the entire supply chain.

October 28, 2014

ITTIA puts embedded database in robots

Wasserbauer installed ITTIA DB SQL data base into its Butler robots.

Vision helps robot pack cereal packets
October 26, 2014

Vision helps robot pack cereal packets

Vision Systems Design
To correctly place packages of cereal in buckets prior to packaging, AFA Systems installed a vision-based system at an unnamed cereal plant that uses a smart camera coupled with a robotic pick and place system.

October 24, 2014

Industrial robot controls positioning and silicone application

Machine Building
Stretchline Holdings, a manufacturer of textile elastics, uses Kawasaki robots to accurately programme rotation speeds and positions for applying silicone on a garment which is placed onto a former on the robot’s wrist..

Vision system boosts productivity, reduces costs at automobile assembly plant
October 21, 2014

Vision system boosts productivity, reduces costs at automobile assembly plant

Control Engineering
On a Chinese automobile assembly line, two machine vision cameras take images at 15 frames per second, to identify the type of vehicle part being moved, ensure that four robotic arms will grab the part in the correct locations, and increase productivity by six times.

Integrated controls ease programming, troubleshooting
August 27, 2014

Integrated controls ease programming, troubleshooting

Packaging World
Axalta Coating Systems in Philadelphia, used integrated robot and programmable logic controller (PLC) controls to help facilitate its transition to a new packaging automation system.