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New Width Option for Dorner's 2200 SmartFlex Conveyor

Posted by Kelly Howe

Apr 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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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

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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

OptoForce - How to Find the Target Object

Posted by Kelly Howe

Apr 13, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Topics: custom solution, OptoForce, robot

Telescopic Original Line Cylinder Provides Long Strokes for Compact Spaces

Posted by Kelly Howe

Apr 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Topics: bimba, bimba solutions, cylinder, Original Line Cylinder, compact series

How Service Robots are Delivering Hope & Helping Patients Rehabilitate

Posted by Kelly Howe

Apr 6, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Topics: Universal Robots, service robots

Can PLC Provide Highly Accurate Temperature Control

Posted by Kelly Howe

Apr 4, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Unitronics.

Industry - Material Processing

Summary:  

SCADA Network Solution offers system integration for SCADA and control systems across a range of industries, often relying on Unitronics all-in-one PLCs for efficient control backed by industry leading support.  Using a Unitronics PLC+HMI, SCADA Network Solution was able to improve the control system of steel production furnaces.  Unitronics precise thermocouple inputs and powerful PID control kept the furnaces running at the optimal temperature, backed by industry leading technical support and customer service.

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Topics: Temperature Controller, PLC, Unitronics

UR - How Cobots are Changing Quality Assurance in Manufacturing

Posted by Kelly Howe

Mar 30, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Universal Robots.

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Topics: manufacturing, UR, Universal Robots, cobots, quality assurance

Automated Glue Dispenser Generates Higher Production Yield

Posted by Kelly Howe

Mar 28, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Bimba.

Challenge:

A laminating company needed to develop an automated glue dispensing system that would glue an 8 ft long corrugated piece of plastic onto a flat, smooth piece of plastic. This required 48 dabs of glue, or 1 dab every 2 inches across, to be applied uniformly and simultaneously. With the plastic sheet being fed continuously, the glue would be dispensed automatically after every 2 inches of feed. After rejecting a costly robotic solution, they decided to look for something more cost efficient.

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Topics: bimba, bimba solutions, high yield, dispenser

The Rise of Robots Creates Many New Jobs Even for Unemployed

Posted by Kelly Howe

Mar 23, 2017 9:00:00 AM

This post is brought to you by Universal Robots.

Technological progress creates constant changes in the labor market; some jobs disappear, while quite different ones occur. The robot industry spurs many new job opportunities - even for jobseekers who have perhaps become redundant in other industries. A new Robot Academy in Denmark helps the robot industry find and retrain talent into a career with companies such as Universal Robots.

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Topics: Robots, collaborative robots, UR, Universal Robots, cobots