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Inside the Armoury! Robotiq’s User Conference 2018

Posted by Mark Howe

Oct 19, 2018 4:24:14 PM

Another stamp in our passports as Suzanne Tracey (Business Development), Matt Howe (Robot Specialist), and I headed north to Canada for the Robotiq User Conference. Robotiq gave us a memorable experience, filled with learning, testing, networking, and eating, with a look towards the future while we spent our days in the beautiful 1887 Voltigeurs de Québec Armoury!

We returned home exhausted (we’ll why explain later), but we’ve recovered and can share the following: 

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Topics: Robotiq, conference

Unitronics Announces New Products

Posted by Mark Howe

Oct 9, 2018 9:42:00 AM

With so much emphasis (and fanfare) on the machines that are powering and revolutionizing the manufacturing environment, we're glad to devote this blog to our Partner Unitronics' new products that make programming and controlling these machines possible! 

Introducing the UniStream® Remote I/Os and a PLC + HMI + IO (with a 7" screen).

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Topics: monitoring, machine control, Control Panel, Controllers, Machine Controllers, PLC, PLC+HMI, HMI

Our Newest Partner, ROEQ

Posted by Mark Howe

Oct 4, 2018 11:34:00 AM

We're really impressed with what our new Partner, ROEQ of Denmark, brings to the market. Its products integrate with MiR™ Robots and can serve in a variety of environments to transport items from place to place. 

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Topics: ROEQ, MiR, manufacturing, medical industry, new product

What Are Your Cobots Doing While You're Away?

Posted by Mark Howe

Sep 14, 2018 10:12:00 AM

This is the age of nanny cams and front porch video monitoring. While one need not worry that a cobot will let the kids watch too much TV nor could it steal an Amazon package, there is much to be gained by monitoring cobots. And, we have just the tool for you! 

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Topics: Robotiq, collaborative robots, robot, monitoring

Inside Universal Robots' Partner Summit

Posted by Rachel Mehta

Aug 31, 2018 9:34:00 AM

Universal Robot hosted an event for its Partners recently in San Diego. Knotts' Sales Manager, Mark Howe, was fortunate to be invited. We were eager to hear all about this summit:

Set the stage for us. Tell us about who participated in this event and its purpose.  
There were 300+ attendees at the 2018 partner summit, including 48 Distributors, 29 UR+ Developers, 98 CSIs, 65 UR Employees and 6 special guests. The event focused on individuals and companies from North America.

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Change is Constant: 80/20 T-slot Aluminum Products

Posted by Mark Howe

Aug 28, 2018 11:48:00 AM

T-Slot Provides Flexible Solutions

From cycle time to throughput to changeover metrics, there’s no end to the daily concerns and issues that you deal with in an industrial marketplace. You’re tasked with continually improving key metrics as well as complying with evolving regulations, which means change is the only constant.

The structure of 80/20 profiles and accessories allow infinite positioning along the T-slot which equates to reduced set up times and faster changeover rates. With T-slot profiles you don’t need to compromise between strength, appearance and flexibility.

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Topics: Products, 80/20, guarding, Machine Guarding

Introducing Bimba's IntelliPress™ Electric Bench Top Press

Posted by Mark Howe

Aug 21, 2018 2:16:22 PM

Our Partner, Bimba, is excited to announce the release of the IntelliPress™ electric bench top press. Complementing Bimba's line of pneumatic presses, the electric IntelliPress™ delivers high performance at a low price. Review its impressive list of features....

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Topics: Products, bimba, IntelliPress, bimba pneumatic

Payback Calculator - Let’s Do the Math

Posted by Mark Howe

Aug 14, 2018 7:35:03 AM

Is new technology right for your business? The question driving this response is almost always: will it make a difference to the bottom line?

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Topics: Products, The Knotts Company, The Knotts Co, robot

A Peek Inside Knotts’ Toolbox

Posted by Mark Howe

Jul 18, 2018 7:45:44 AM

One of the strengths of our President, Rick Howe, is looking broadly at our industry and our company, noticing things the rest of us may miss. He’s great at stepping back, analyzing things and sharing his insight. Oftentimes it’s a market opportunity we hadn’t considered before or a subtle industry shift that’s caught his attention, but recently it was far simpler a message than usual.

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Topics: Products, The Knotts Company, The Knotts Co, robot

Christmas in July? Universal Robots' e-Series is On Its Way!

Posted by Mark Howe

Jun 28, 2018 5:47:26 PM

We were excited to hear the recent news that Universal Robots unveiled its new e-Series. We immediately ordered one to demo and it arrives in our offices in July. It will be a bit like Christmas morning as we unpack the box and gather the team to test this new cobot (collaborative robot). 

Universal Robots has a history of solid design and quality. We expect nothing less with the e-Series and look forward to offering it to our customers. Why will the new e-Series be a smart investment? Among its numerous benefits are:

  • Quick activation and deployment: under an hour to unpack, mount, and program a cobot’s first task.
  • Flexibility to change its nature of work over time as production line needs change. 
  • A redesigned control panel for an easy user interface (for the humans that need to program and control it).
  • Single phase A/C source compatibility (connect to any regular power outlet).
  • 17 safety features like collision detection are built in.
  • Space saving by design: compact and flexible. 
  • All joints are field replaceable within 2-6 minutes.
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Topics: e-Series, cobots, cobot, collaborative robot, automation, automation solutions, Universal Robots