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Making an All-in-One PLC Machine Easier to Use?

Posted by Kelly Howe

Aug 8, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Unitronics.

Summary: Procesteh LTD is a Croatian company offering engineering solutions for the process industry; they strive to provide complete solutions for both hardware and software.  For one project, they were building the control platform for a soda pasteurization system at a beverage plant.  They selected the Unitronics UniStream 15-inch modular PLC+HMI.  This PLC offered powerful communications, a large, easy to use display and a variety of I/O options, as well as a innovative, single-environment software enabling reduced programming time.

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Topics: PLC, Unitronics, PLC+HMI, UniStream, pasteurization

INTELLISENSE® HELPS DIAGNOSE SOURCE OF MACHINE JAMS

Posted by Kelly Howe

Aug 1, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Bimba.

Machine jams are a costly problem in the manufacturing world, costing $50,000 and more in lost production, labor, and materials per instance. Diagnosing the source of the problem quickly can save manufacturers from significant losses and improve overall production speed and uptime.
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Topics: engineered solutions, bimba, Bimba IntelliSense®, pneumatic actuators

Flexible Assembly Process using an Asycube 240 and a UR5 robot

Posted by Mark Howe

Jul 25, 2017 11:42:14 AM

The LIAA collaborative workcell by Asyril’s partner Teknologisk Institut (Denmark) demonstrates a collaborative and reconfigurable assembly process, where the Asycube 240 presents to the robot 4 different small elements to pick, in order to assemble radial-axial bearings produced by the Slovakian company Spinea.
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Topics: Asycube, Universal Robots, integration

Asyril's New Asycube 530

Posted by Kelly Howe

Jul 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This product is brought to you by Asyril.

The first production series of our newest, largest member of the Asycube robotic parts feeder product family, the Asycube 530, is ready for shipment starting in August. The Asycube 530 is based on Asyril’s 3-axis vibration technology and capable of feeding and separating parts up to 150 mm part size. Key customer benefits are:

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Topics: Asyril, Asycube, Asycube 530, robotic parts feeder

Powered Side Guide Highlighted on Dorner’s SmartFlex Conveyor

Posted by Kelly Howe

Jul 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Dorner.

Dorner recently worked with a customer who needed to convey small plastic bottles. The solution required a number of different transfers from conveyors and other machinery.

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Topics: dorner, Dorner Conveyors,, smartflex conveyors, 2200 Series, flexmove technology

The Knotts Co. Adds Trio Motion Technology

Posted by Kelly Howe

Jul 18, 2017 8:33:55 AM

The Knotts Company is pleased to announce their new partnership with Trio Motion Technology. Effective July 2017, The Knotts Company will be a distributor for all of their products.

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Topics: automation, The Knotts Company, The Knotts Co, machine control, Trio Manufacturing Technology, motion control technology

Universal Robots: Come for the Safety, Stay for the Ease of Use

Posted by Kelly Howe

Jul 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Universal Robots.

Recently, I had someone ask why Universal Robots and Rethink Robotics have made such an impact on the automation market. For those that have direct experience with the challenges of implementing industrial automation, the response would most certainly be the prospect of being able to use a robot without any external safety measures such as hard guarding or light curtains. While this is certainly a game change there is another more tangible aspect that these companies have brought to the market. Ease of use.

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Topics: Universal Robots, cobots, programming

Eight Research Trends in Collaborative Robotics

Posted by Kelly Howe

Jul 5, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Alex Owen-Hill at Robotiq.

What's the future for collaborative robotics? We look at eight trends which will shape the next decade of robotics research.

The US Robotics Roadmap — written by universities in the USA — is a report which plots the present and future of robotics. It discusses the breadth of the industry, from health-care to manufacturing. A large part of it looks at future research trends.

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Topics: robotics, Robots, collaborative robots, collaborative robot, cobots, Robotiq

Gripper with Integrated Valve Increases Workflow Efficiency 15%

Posted by Kelly Howe

Jun 27, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Bimba.

Challenge:

A manufacturer of post-press finishing equipment needed help increasing workflow efficiency for an application used in their commercial printers. The OEM was using a Bimba Extruded Flat Cylinder with external guiding to clamp printed stock for trimming and binding in a rotary machine. The manufacturer added a modified tooling plate to the cylinder and attempted to integrate it with a mechanical switch and valve, in hopes to improve efficiency.

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Topics: bimba, bimba solutions, gripper, integrated valve

3 Ways to Get Your Team on Board With Collaborative Robotics

Posted by Kelly Howe

Jun 20, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Mariane Davids at Robotiq.

When you announce that your manufacturing plant will be switching to collaborative robotics, there’s bound to be some discord amongst your team. After all, they’ll be wondering how it affects their jobs, if they’ll be pushed out by robotics, or a myriad of other concerns.

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Topics: collaborative robots, collaborative robot, cobots, grippers, Robotiq