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Sweet 16! Universal Robots Debuts its Newest Model -16e

Posted by Mark Howe

Oct 4, 2019 7:28:00 AM

The eSeries family has just grown! The Knotts Company is excited to welcome the NEW 16e! The utility of this collaborative industrial robot is unmatchable. It is built for heavy duty tasks like machine tending, material handling, packaging, material removal, and screw and nut driving applications.  It handles an exceptional 16 kg of payload that is especially useful for carrying heavy end of arm tooling and can lift multiple parts in a single pick, making tasks much more efficient by achieving shorter cycle times.

Interested in learning more about the UR16e? We are happy to have you to our offices to get hands-on or review applications that can be tested right here in Berkeley Heights, NJ. 

Interested in seeing a LIVE demo? Join us in October for the following events:

October 4 - NJMEP Manufacturing Day at the Marigold in Somerset, New Jersey
October 16 - NJTMA Manufacturing Productivity 2020 event in Branchburg, New Jersey
October 23-24 - Design 2 Part show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in  Oaks, Pennsylvania




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Topics: Universal Robots, cobots, e-Series

Knotts Team Spotlight on Joe Maresca - Celebrating 42 Years at Knotts!

Posted by Mark Howe

Aug 2, 2019 4:17:14 PM

As we continue to share the rock stars of The Knotts Company, we thought to profile Joe Maresca who is the man who makes those fast shipments of replacement parts possible for all our customers. He may be "behind the scenes" to our clients,  but for us around the office he is ever present and our "go to person" for so many things. We are incredibly grateful he has spent his career with Knotts. 
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Topics: The Knotts Company, The Knotts Co

Knotts Team Spotlight on Fred Heimall - Approaching a Half Century of Expertise in Industrial Automation Solutions

Posted by Mark Howe

Jul 1, 2019 3:45:19 PM

We often focus our blogs on new shiny products and their applications, but we want to highlight our team members who make it come together smoothly -- from planning to customer support to the vast experience they lend to solving our clients' challenges. It seemed right to begin with Fred Heimall, who is our longest-serving employee! We recently asked him a few questions....
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Topics: The Knotts Company, The Knotts Co

Let's Take a Closer Look: The RG2 Force Torque from OnRobot

Posted by Mark Howe

Apr 24, 2019 4:00:00 PM

Companies that make the decision to bring collaborative robots and an end-of-arm tool like OnRobot's RG2FT Gripper will no doubt appreciate the strength of this new partner on their factory floor or warehouse. Technology like the RG2FT can change the trajectory of a company. We recommend this gripper often as it performs high quality, precise work and, as a result, saves companies a great deal of money over time.


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Topics: automation solutions, automation, OnRobot, end of arm tools, gripper

Let's Get Ready for Automate 2019!

Posted by Mark Howe

Apr 2, 2019 12:24:47 PM

Automate is all the industry chatter this week. With 20,000 attendees, 500 exhibitors and a 160,000 square foot event footprint, many are heading to McCormick Place in Chicago to see and test the latest technology April 8-11. 

This app will help you out on the show floor, discover sessions and speakers, create your own schedule, and to help you find exhibiting companies:

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Topics: Automate

Bimba's IntelliSense® - Working 24/7/365

Posted by Mark Howe

Mar 20, 2019 10:14:10 AM

Did the pipes freeze in your house this Winter? While on the home front there's no anticipating such a mess, inconvenience, and conundrum of insurance paperwork, Bimba's IntelliSense® can give you some peace of mind on the factory floor. Its suite of products delivers real-time performance data (even to remote users) on standard Bimba pneumatic devices which keeps things running smoothly and helps one identify issues 24/7/365. 

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Topics: bimba, bimba pneumatic, bimba solutions, Bimba IntelliSense®

Dorner 2200 Series | UR+ Solutions

Posted by Mark Howe

Feb 21, 2019 3:06:00 PM

As cobots (and particularly Universal Robots' cobots) continue to earn accolades and build their track record in serving a myriad of industries, it is natural for automation technology companies to create products specifically compatible with them. Such is the case with Dorner's newest integration, which works beautifully with our other Partner, Universal Robots. With more cobots spotted on the factory floor and in packaging environments these days, it makes perfect sense for Dorner to offer conveyors that will collaborate well with cobots.

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Topics: automation solutions, dorner, automation, Dorner Conveyors,, conveyor, Universal Robots, cobots, Belt Conveyors

Getting Started with Robotiq

Posted by Mark Howe

Dec 20, 2018 2:43:51 PM

When we seek Partners, we have some qualifiers. They must:

  • Solve an automation or manufacturing challenge
  • Offer solid, sturdy technical equipment 
  • Have excellent customer service and offer warranties
  • Be user friendly and quick to install

With Robotiq, we were impressed in all these areas. 

Most recently, we've appreciated their efforts on the customer education front. In these videos, Robotiq shares how to get started with their Gripper. It's well worth a few minutes to watch these, especially if you're considering acquiring one. These will show you how easy it can be to set the gripper up, then program it to your specifications.

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Topics: automation solutions, automation, grippers, gripper, Robotiq

Our Newest Partner, Pick-it

Posted by Mark Howe

Dec 12, 2018 9:20:00 AM

We all tend to humanize robot technology by using terms like "arms" and "wrists," and today we are adding "eyes" to the conversation! Knotts is proud to be the newest US partner for Belgium-based Pick-it. Their technology literally allows the cobots to see their workspace in 3D and to select needed items with accuracy. We have been admiring their technology as it became more sophisticated in recent years and are excited now to introduce it to our clients. 

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Topics: manufacturing, automation solutions, robotics, Pick-it

Technology That Loves Dirt & Dust ?

Posted by Mark Howe

Dec 3, 2018 4:18:41 PM

Absolutely! This is a strength that Bimba's Vaccon products have over its competitors. They are designed for messy environments.

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Topics: bimba, bimba pneumatic, vacuum, vacuum technology, packaging, Vaccon