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Modula uses automation to produce automated storage units

August 4, 2015 | By Sue Roberts

The Modula U.S.A. plant in Lewiston, Maine, is the result of a $6 million investment in new equipment, a new focus on manufacturing automated vertical storage (AVS) units, and a renaming by Italian parent company System Logistics. Cost-competitive production resulting from integrated, automatic sheet metal fabricating equipment from Salvagnini was key in the company’s decision to locate in the United States.

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Vision-guided robots consolidate their place in the press shop

May 13, 2015 | By Abel Elias, Enrique Pano

Advancements in robotic technology are extending their functionality and improving their performance. Often a robot is expected to do more than move from programmed position A to position B; it must operate “smarter” and act upon other inputs, such as vision systems or force feedback. The applications for integration of vision systems and robots are almost endless but the most common application is vision guidance for the robot

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Gauging welding’s success

March 25, 2015 | By Tim Heston

In recent years Ashcroft’s Connecticut plant has changed significantly. It’s an operation transitioning from batch-style production to lean part flow, and a new, flexible welding cell has helped the manufacturer prepare for future improvements.

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5 things to know about robotic GMAW guns

March 11, 2015 | By Tom Whitter

When choosing the best robotic welding system for your operation, make sure to pay special attention to the gun and consumables. One size does not fit all.

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7 Press automation trends lean toward continued integration, acceleration

January 29, 2015 | By Kate Bachman

Automation trends culled from FABTECH and other products introduced throughout 2014 indicate more integration, acceleration are to come in 2015.

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Done-in-one meets structural fabrication

January 23, 2015 | By Tim Heston

New system introduces full automation to structural fabrication, including cutting, beam and plate handling, and welding.

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Smart equipment choices in structural fabrication

December 18, 2014 | By Nick Hajewski

Structural fabricators have a plethora of equipment options to choose from these days, and all the choices can be a bit overwhelming. Knowing what’s available, as well as keeping a few basic factors in mind, can help a structural fabricator make an educated choice.

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One metal fabricator, two value streams

December 12, 2014 | By Tim Heston

For decades Nu-Way Industries operated with a conventional management structure. In recent years, managers at the Des Plaines, Ill., fabricator discovered that the two kinds of orders the company processed, engineered to order and make to stock, really called for two distinct value streams, each operating under a different business model.

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End effector tips to keep the press running

October 31, 2014 | By Rob Pitera

Is there room for improvement in a high-speed stamping operation? In the endless journey of continuous improvement, the answer is yes. One of the first places to focus is on the end effector tooling on the material handling automation.

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Giving a welding robot some eyes

October 22, 2014 | By Tim Heston

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 | By Vic Lubieniecki

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 | By Kate Bachman

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 | By Chris Anderson

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

November 6, 2013 | By Douglas Hixon

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

September 13, 2013 | By Richard Stokes

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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