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Automated material handling Q & A

February 2, 2011

Editor's Note: This question-and-answer article probes new automation technology with Enrique Pano, ABB Robotics press automation manager.Q: What automated material handling challenges do stampers currently face?A: Stampers have always been pressured to improve material handling while reducing...

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The brain and brawn of modern automation - TheFabricator.com

The brain and brawn of modern automation

November 1, 2010

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Automating metal fabrication requires more than just high-speed processing. The actual equipment—the brawn—is only half the equation. The other half is the software—the brains of shop automation.

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Robotic welding of heavy plate sections - TheFabricator.com

Robotic welding of heavy plate sections

October 4, 2010

When mining equipment manufacturer Bucyrus, Houston, Pa., redesigned its line pans for coal removal, it increased the size and thickness of the equipment. The redesign provided the perfect opportunity to move to an automated welding cell to keep up with the additional 150 lbs. of filler metal that would have to be added to each line pan.

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Making the case for robotic welding - TheFabricator

Making the case for robotic welding

August 4, 2010

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Looking at labor savings is only one factor to consider if a fabricator is going to prepare a formal cost justification case for a robotic welding cell.

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Robotic advancements in welding tube, pipe - TheFabricator

Robotic advancements in welding tube, pipe

June 4, 2010

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Robotics gained a foothold in industry because they can work in environments that are hot, toxic, or otherwise dangerous. The drawback was the programming, which initially was tedious and time-consuming, especially for precision tasks such as welding. Advancements in tactile sensing systems, automated arc welding controls, and software for tube and pipe welding have helped to spread robotic welding technology.

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Think before you integrate (robotic welding)

March 1, 2010

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Implementing robotic welding systems for the first time is generally a successful endeavor. However, potential pitfalls and common mistakes can lead to performance issues and increase operational costs. Making yourself aware of these mistakes and the measures you should take to prevent them will contribute to a pleasant transition from labor-intensive, manual processes to the lower-cost, higher-quality automated ones in use today and into the future.

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5 traits to look for in a robotic cell operator

January 14, 2010

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Automated welding holds great promise forkeeping U.S. metal fabricators competitiveagainst their international counterpartsbecause it keeps labor costs down, but theserobotic welding cells still require somehuman intervention. Having said that,management doesn't want just anyone in therole of robotic welding cell operator. Hereare five characteristics that they can lookfor to ensure they get the right person forthe job.

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Keeping sight of the little things

January 12, 2010

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Want to get more from your robotic GMAW system? Find out how selecting the appropriate wire, consumables, liner, filler metal package, and welding gun can help decrease downtime, increase productivity, and improve quality.

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Robotic pipe welding with a human touch

September 1, 2009

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Automation has emerged as an alternative to manual welding, but these robotic and fixed automation technologies tend to work for specific applications, rather than general pipe fabricating. Automation coupled with the flexibility of a human operator during the welding process, however, represents a new alternative for those companies looking to squeeze more productivity out of the pipe fabricating process.

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Back to school with robotic welding

July 6, 2009

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Northwest Iowa Community College decided nine years ago that it would commit itself to leading the way in welding technology education. That commitment has not changed as the school recently replaced its 16-year-old robotic welding cell with a Robotic Education cell provided in conjunction by Lincoln Electric and FANUC Robotics.

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Is it time to put a robot in front of a press brake?

June 8, 2009

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North American fabricators have not been as active in adoptingautomated bending cells as their counterparts in other parts of theworld. But that may be changing. These five questions can help afabricator decide how to justify the case for a robotic press brake.

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Keeping welding costs from spiraling out of control

January 15, 2009

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Skyline Steel, a subsidiary of ArcelorMittal, recognized in 2001 that for it to win contracts for high-end projects requiring high-pressure and high-strength steel spiral pipe, it would need to become more competitive in price. That's why the company turned to Servo-Robot Corp. and its AUTO-TRAC laser vision seam tracking for pipe welding.

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Fabricator meets competition challenge with welding robot cells

January 15, 2009

SituationLB Steel LLC/Coburn Steel Products is a privately held fabricating and machining company with about 300 employees and multiple plants. Approximately 350,000 sq. ft. of its 500,000-sq.-ft. facility in Harvey, Ill., is dedicated to fabrication.Most of the welding the company does involves...

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Don't be marginalized

October 14, 2008

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Peripheral equipment for robotic welding can help maximize the effectiveness of an automated workcell and protect the investment from costly damages. Understanding peripheral equipment is the first step in getting the most out of a robotic workcell.

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Automation helps ovenmaker cook up profits

September 30, 2008

What kind of a difference did an automated fabricating system make for Wood Stone Corp., Bellingham, Wash.? Before the system, the company actually had more people in the shop, and they were working 10 hour days for about 4-6 months to make fewer products than are produced today.

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