Automation and Robotics

Filter Content

Parts transfer system helps increase productivity on tandem press lines

March 24, 2014

ABB offers the IRB 6660FX, a flexible transfer system for medium-size parts. Suitable for use with new and existing press lines, the system comprises a dual-action unit that creates a 7-axis robot, allowing parts to be transferred rapidly along a linear path without rotation. The system also...

Continue Reading

Worker Automation redesigns website

March 19, 2014

Worker Automation Inc., Covington, Ohio, a provider of custom robotic systems, has redesigned its website at www.arcworker.com. The site features more photos, embedded video of cells in action, information on standard cells that can be custom-configured for different needs, details on machine...

Continue Reading

Methods Machine Tools to hold grand opening of technology center

March 12, 2014

Methods Machine Tools Inc., a supplier of precision machine tools, automation, and accessories, will hold a grand opening at its Technology Center in San Leandro, Calif., on May 14-15 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day. Manufacturing professionals are welcome and encouraged to attend. The...

Continue Reading

Güdel Inc. opens satellite office in Michigan

March 10, 2014

Güdel Inc., Ann Arbor, Mich., the U.S. subsidiary of Switzerland-based Güdel Group, has opened a satellite office in Troy, Mich. “We believe that being closer to our Metro Detroit customers and partners will improve our overall interaction and ability to collaborate on key projects,” said...

Continue Reading

ABB Robotics’ Tech Days 2014 expanded to two days

February 25, 2014

ABB Robotics, a supplier of industrial robots, robot software, peripheral equipment, and modular manufacturing cells, will host its annual Technology Days event March 13-14, 2014, at its North American headquarters and training center in Auburn Hills, Mich. The event will feature more than 80...

Continue Reading

Midwest Eng. Systems Inc. represented by On Point Solutions

February 11, 2014

Midwest Eng. Systems Inc., a provider of automation/robotic metal fabrication systems in Pewaukee, Wis., has named On Point Solutions, Port Washington, Wis., as a representative. On Point Solutions provides equipment and systems for OEM and job shop metal...

Continue Reading

Single-cable system for servo drive reduces hardware requirements

February 11, 2014

All motors normally need two separate cables: one for the motor speed encoder and the other for the motor power supply. With HMC 6, the Hybrid Motor Cable Project, Heidenhain has integrated the encoder lines into the power cable so only one cable is needed between a synchronous motor and electrical...

Continue Reading

RIA to host collaborative robots workshop April 16

February 6, 2014

The Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, Mich., will hold a Collaborative Robots Workshop on Wednesday, April 16, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Collaborative robots are robots that work side-by-side with humans. Dr. Henrik Christensen of Georgia Tech will give the...

Continue Reading

robotic welding

Robotic welding issues and challenges

February 3, 2014

By:

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.

Continue Reading

Güdel Inc. returns robot-track manufacturing to U.S.

January 31, 2014

Güdel Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Switzerland-based Güdel Group, has announced that it has transitioned all manufacturing of its third-generation robot tracks for domestic markets to its headquarters in Ann Arbor, Mich. While some initial Trackmotion Floor (TMF) modules were fabricated and...

Continue Reading

Micro robotic tool changer provides flexibility for extremely light payloads

January 29, 2014

The QC-001 micro robotic tool changer from ATI Industrial Automation is suitable for high-speed "spider" or parallel-link robots. The compact, 4.3-oz. tool changer allows for multiple assembly, dispensing, sorting, and material handling operations to be performed by one robot. The tool changer...

Continue Reading

Schenke Tool adds second robotic welder

January 23, 2014

Schenke Tool Co., Paradise, Pa., has installed its second robotic welding machine — a Yaskawa Motoman ArcWorld system. According to the company, the machine is suitable for small to medium-sized parts produced at medium to high volumes. Dual independent workstations allow operators to load...

Continue Reading

Robot curved upper arm

Robot's curved upper arm handles variety of applications

January 14, 2014

The new 6-axis MH12 robot from Yaskawa Motoman is suitable for assembly, dispensing, material handling, machine tending, and packaging applications. Its new curved upper arm allows a reach of 56.7 in. The patented double-yoke design also offers additional strength if the robot crashes because...

Continue Reading

Association for Advancing Automation's new website presents automation success stories

January 9, 2014

The Association for Advancing Automation, Ann Arbor, Mich., has launched a new blog-based website, www.a3automate.org, to promote the use of automation. The site features blog posts that cover automation strategies and stories of businesses that are competing successfully in today’s global...

Continue Reading

Transfer system adds to high-speed press automation

January 9, 2014

ABB Robotics has introduced the Twin Robot Xbar (TRX), a robot-based system for loading and unloading presses without the need for press modification. Output is rated up to 16 parts/min. for big panels in tandem press lines. The system can be retrofitted to existing press lines. Using two...

Continue Reading