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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

ROAD TRIP! The MiR500 is Planning its Cross-Country Trip

Posted by Mark Howe

Nov 28, 2018 11:15:00 AM

Mobile Industrial Robots recently announced that its MiR500 is taking a big road trip in 2019. Like many people who drive across America, we're assuming MiR500 is eager to hit the wide open road and make new friends along the way!

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Topics: mobile industrial robot, MiR, autonomous mobile robot, demonstration

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