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Giving a welding robot some eyes

October 22, 2014

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Vision systems for a welding application usually are reserved for critical jobs associated with high costs of failure. New technology developments, however, may be introducing this technology to a new audience.

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5 common myths about robotic welding systems

June 9, 2014

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Subscribing to common myths about robotic welding systems can cause headaches and prevent you from making the most of your investment.

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Stamper rounds out automation suite with rigid transfer

May 5, 2014

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Stamping manufacturer A.J. Rose, Avon, Ohio, supplies precision-formed, deep drawn, metal products and assemblies such as transmission pistons, torque converter components, impellers, engine timing rings, ABS, water pump components, accessory drive pulleys, AC compressor clutch components, and numerous other powertrain components. The stamper needed the transfer system for a new transfer press to be robust and rigid to minimize tooling bar deflection and vibration. In addition, the system had to be compatible with existing tooling and to integrate well with a servo press’s variable speeds and modes

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Robotic welding issues and challenges

February 3, 2014

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Thanks to intuitive teaching, which eliminates the need for highly skilled programmers and saves valuable job setup time, robots now are making inroads in small job shops.

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The evolution of precision robotics - TheFabricator.com

The evolution of precision robotics

November 6, 2013

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Robotics can tackle more precision applications than ever before, thanks to better manufacturing techniques for the robot arms themselves, as well as software that has made robots more intelligent.

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Un robot para soldadura—en continuo movimiento - TheFabricator.com

Un robot para soldadura—en continuo movimiento

September 13, 2013

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La variabilidad de la demanda es un hecho inmutable de la fabricación metálica por contrato. La mezcla de clientes de un fabricante puede cambiar, y con ésta, la mezcla de productos. Debido a ello, el taller tiene que estar listo para cualquier cosa. Para ser competitivos,...

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Digitizing press automation

April 22, 2013

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Simulating press line automation can eliminate many headaches and solve problems before the physical integration process. But that simulation needs an accurate CAD file showing the placement of all press line components. Here, 3-D digital scanning technology fills a need.

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Automated system helps manufacturer’s reshoring efforts - TheFabricator.com

Automated system helps manufacturer’s reshoring efforts

April 19, 2013

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When Oddello Industries, a supplier of fabricated assemblies to OEMs in a variety of markets, was invited to bid on a contract for a high-end adjustable mattress foundation, it searched for a piercing machine and a cutting machine that could handle the tubular portion of the project. It combined the two machines into a single integrated unit that processes more than 15 miles of tube per day.

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A welding robot--on the move - TheFabricator.com

A welding robot--on the move

March 7, 2013

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When a robotic manufacturing system needs to be moved, particularly between remote sites, the cost of the move can be a significant percentage of the original cost of the system. But this doesn’t always have to be the case.

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Structural steel automation at the end of the line - TheFabricator.com

Structural steel automation at the end of the line

January 7, 2013

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Machine tool developers have done a great job of automating many of the operations associated with structural steel processing over the years. Automated cutting, drilling, and marking are widely adopted in the industry. The same, however, can't be said for assembly and welding, but that could be changing.

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Selecting, installing, and maintaining a through-arm robotic GMAW gun

September 10, 2012

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In recent years, through-arm robots have begun to replace conventional over-the-arm models. Following these selection, installation, and maintenance guidelines for a through-arm robotic GMAW gun can help you make a smooth transition.

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Sensing changes in automated welding

September 7, 2012

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Can automated welding be a useful tool in the random world of fabricating, where material make-up is inconsistent and weld-prep results in non-aligned edges? With a vision system, automated welding indeed can be the right tool for the right application.

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Where is structural steel material handling moving? - TheFabricator.com

Where is structural steel material handling moving?

August 3, 2012

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Structural steel fabricators now realize what their sheet metal counterparts have known for several years: It doesn't make sense to pay people for the non-value-added activity of handling beams. That's why these shops are investigating automated material handling, but before they do that, they need to answer some important questions.

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A road map to robotics - TheFabricator.com

A road map to robotics

May 25, 2012

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Implementing robotics can prove to be beneficial, but you can’t expect to achieve your desired productivity results if you don’t know how products flow to and from that cell. In other words, simply throwing a robot onto the shop floor is not the answer. Before you make the commitment to robotics, it’s important to analyze your process flow and adopt methods that will help reduce waste from the manual process.

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Oh, the places you’ll go with offline programming—Part II

May 22, 2012

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Having difficulty aligning your offline programs with your real-world robot? Then you’ll want to read this article that discusses ways to overcome this problem, along with other offline programming uses that can help you get the most from your robots.

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