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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

Applied Motion Products- IP65 Rain Test 1 Year & Counting

Posted by Kelly Howe

Jun 13, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Applied Motion Products.

As part of our commitment to quality and durability in our products, we often use life testing as a means of determining how our products will survive when subjected to extended periods of stress or adverse conditions. In the case of motors intended for use in the splash zone, we wanted to do more than just subject them to the 15 minutes or so of high pressure spray required to achieve the IP65 rating. We wanted to see how our motors would fair when subjected to an extended period of water being splashed on them.

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Topics: Applied Motion Products, IP65, Rain Test

The Knotts Co. Adds Robotiq to their Product Lines

Posted by Kelly Howe

Jun 6, 2017 9:00:00 AM

The Knotts Company is proud to announce our their new partnership with Robotiq, effective June 2017.  Robotiq is a manufacturer of 2-Finger Adaptive Grippers, 3-Finger Grippers, Wrist Camera Vision Systems as well as Force Torque Sensors. We are thrilled to be adding Robotiq to the diverse line of products that we carry. We look forward to working with them as well as showing our customers how their products can help their business thrive. 

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Topics: Robots, cobots, grippers, The Knotts Company, The Knotts Co, Robotiq, Products

The Knotts Co. Proudly Celebrates 65 Years Serving the NJ & NY Area

Posted by Rick Howe

May 31, 2017 9:00:00 AM

A note from our President, Rick Howe.

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Topics: robotics, automation, The Knotts Company, The Knotts Co, NY, NJ

Bimba Announces Acquisition of Vaccon Company

Posted by Kelly Howe

May 23, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Bimba.

University Park, IL - December 5, 2016 -- Bimba, an industry-leading innovator of pneumatic, hydraulic and electric motion solutions, today announced the acquisition of Vaccon Company, Inc., a leading innovator in vacuum technology that includes vacuum pumps, vacuum cups, end-of-arm tools, and accessories.

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Topics: bimba, vacuum technology, vacuum pumps, Vaccon, vacuum cups, end of arm tools

Dorner - Developing a Parts Plan that Will Keep Your Line Moving

Posted by Kelly Howe

May 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Dorner.

Conveyors are a critical. They may not be the machinery slicing product or packaging the food, but when your conveying system goes down and takes your production line with it, the productivity and profits lost aren’t any less costly than if it had been your star piece of equipment. Conveyors don’t require as much time and maintenance as your larger equipment and machines, but a little preventative maintenance—and keeping the right parts in stock—can go a long way. 

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Topics: dorner, Dorner Conveyors,, packaging, Belt Conveyors, machinery

PLC+HMIs Outperform Microcontrollers Without Breaking the Bank

Posted by Kelly Howe

May 9, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Unitronics.

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Topics: PLC, HMI, Unitronics, vision350

New Width Option for Dorner's 2200 SmartFlex Conveyor

Posted by Kelly Howe

Apr 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Dorner.

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Topics: dorner, Dorner Conveyors,, 2200 Series

OptoForce - How to Find the Center Point of An Object

Posted by Kelly Howe

Apr 20, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by OptoForce.

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Topics: solutions, automation, sensor, Universal Robots, OptoForce, center point

Unitronics - Can a PLC Achieve the Same Results as a CNC Controller?

Posted by Kelly Howe

Apr 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Unitronics.

Summary:  Shriram Automation needed to replace a faulty CNC controller that was automating a gun drilling application.  They recreated the entire CNC using a Unitronics all-in-one PLC, which also enabled them to add user friendly operator interfaces with the integrated color-touch HMI.  The Unitronics PLC was more reliable than the CNC controller and offered new features backed by industry-leading technical support.

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Topics: PLC, HMI, Unitronics, Vision430, CNC program