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
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.
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.
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.
January 23, 2015 | By Tim Heston
New system introduces full automation to structural fabrication, including cutting, beam and plate handling, and welding.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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,...
April 22, 2013 | By Romain Bournet
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.