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Date: 10-18-2017
Automation improves quality and cuts costs, but the real reason manufacturers automate is ROI. Realizing the projected savings hinges on minimizing implementation costs while maximizing equipment utilization. Both are getting easier, thanks to these 10 industrial automation trends. 1. Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Technology As demand grows, sensors for data acquisition are becoming less expensive and more capable. In parallel, options for data transmission methods are growing (Ethernet, wireless, Bluetooth) while package sizes keep shrinking. 2. Less Hierarchical Automation Architectures The boundaries between sensors, PLCs and PCs are blurring. As shop-floor devices gain ever greater computing power, decision-making will move closer to the factory floor. Industry observers... Read More
Date: 10-17-2017
See the Key to Better Productivity:  State-of-the-Art robotic bending system in action at Fabtech Booth A4014 Labor shortages are a problem more than ever before, and it’s costing everyone valuable time and money. It’s incredibly difficult to hire workers for repetitive, dirty, dangerous and boring jobs, and it’s nearly impossible to retain workers in those positions. Whether your parts are large or small, bring your questions, your goals and your imagination. Visit us at FABTECH to see an example of an Acieta robotically integrated bending solution in action, and learn how a robot can be the key to your productivity. In cooperation with Cincinnati, we are demonstrating a robot running multiple jobs, including tool changes in the press brake without operator intervention.  Come to the... Read More
Date: 09-27-2017
Why Automation Should Be A Priority For Your Company Manufacturers in every industry are investing in robotic automation. Companies in food and consumer goods, electronics, metal processing and the automotive sector are using robots to improve productivity and reduce costs. However, just automating existing processes may not be enough to stay competitive in international markets. What's needed is a complete rethink of what happens now, coupled with the imaginative application of emerging robotic innovations. Automation Is Growing The Robotic Industries Association (RIA) reports that robot sales in the first quarter of 2017 grew by 32 percent since the first quarter of 2016. Leading the charge are applications in welding (both arc and spot), coating and dispensing. Also, there’s a growing... Read More
Date: 09-21-2017
Robotic automation is changing how factories operate in every manufacturing sector. Efficiencies are improving and production is becoming more stable and consistent. Capacity and productivity are on the rise while employees are better protected from dirty, dangerous activities. Underway in large, medium, and small businesses alike, these changes impact practically every aspect of manufacturing. The Expanding Role of Manufacturing Robotics Early adopters, the automotive industry, deployed robots for repetitive, physically demanding tasks. A robotic system for welding a car body is the textbook example. Packaging, palletizing and machine-tending applications soon followed, along with tasks such as dispensing, assembly and inspection. Today, advances in sensor technology, especially the... Read More
Date: 05-03-2017
If you can measure it, you can improve upon it. That's why industries from aerospace and automotive to foundries and pharmaceuticals capture all the process data they can. For generations, those numbers were logged manually, and production workers themselves were a valuable source of information. Yet with repetitive, dirty and dangerous operations increasingly performed by robots, who will report on what's happening when manufacturing gets done? Industry 4.0 Originally a German expression, Industry 4.0 is the next leap in manufacturing, to an era of “cyber-physical integration.” Sensor-equipped machines communicate with one another across the internet. Vast quantities of data are captured, shared and stored. “Big data” software tools automate analysis and support decentralized decision-... Read More
Date: 03-21-2017
Few machines evoke as much concern and outright fear as the industrial robot. Perhaps the problem is those journalists and “experts” who sound like modern day Paul Reveres crying, “The robots are coming! The robots are coming!” Of course, they’re not wrong. Industrial robots are on the rise, but that doesn’t mean they’re rising up. There are no “would-be” terminators lurking in the dark. Perhaps a few facts can lay all those robotic myths to rest. Robots are Essential Many of the items we buy were produced by industrial robots. Robots perform precision assembly, ensure consistent quality and lower costs. Robots are Still Fairly Dumb Robots just follow instructions written by a programmer. That means they need structured environments with precise positioning. The latest robots are getting... Read More
Date: 03-14-2017
It’s common knowledge that robots in manufacturing lower costs and improve quality. Businesses become more competitive and are able to grow, sometimes re-shoring manufacturing in the process. However, it is a fallacy that robots take away human jobs. Rather than cutting headcounts, companies using robots find they need more people to handle the increased volumes. In short, robots create a virtuous circle of investment, growth and job creation. Jobs for Robots When people have to complete repetitive manual tasks — especially those needing precision — they get tired, make mistakes and are susceptible to getting injured. Human quality is inconsistent and output suffers. Dull, difficult and dangerous jobs are found in industries from food processing to electronics and aerospace. Many are... Read More
Date: 02-28-2017
In recent years, we’ve been getting the question much more frequently: Is it better to work with a single-source robotic integrator or a robotics OEM when choosing a new or retrofitted robot/machine tool system? There are more robotic integrators and OEM robotic integrations available than ever before. This presents a challenge for prospective buyers who are weighing the options. Their shop may already have a number of different press brake brands, or they may have managed to stay loyal to the brand that got them started. The dilemma is whether to make use of the asset already owned (retrofit the robotic cell to an existing brake) or go with an entirely new system. There are standard offerings from the larger press brake OEMs, as well as smaller automation houses working on projects... Read More
Date: 02-06-2017
5 Myths about Robotic Vision Systems Vision systems for robotic manufacturing applications have significantly evolved over the last decade. While the vision systems of old were unreliable, clunky and expensive, today’s systems are anything but. Proper vision systems can make the difference between an efficient robotic system and one that is not working optimally. Here are 5 myths and truths about vision systems. Myth #1: Vision System are Complicated In actuality, modern vision systems are very simple to install and use. Most of the algorithms and communications are built in, so it can be very easy and quick to make adjustments without the help of a trained engineer. New users are often surprised just how easy it is to use and maintain their vision systems. Myth #2: Vision Systems are... Read More
Date: 01-09-2017
Now’s that time of year when people make personal resolutions to lose weight, get organized and make more money. It’s not much different for manufacturing companies, that need to take time to review the coming year and set goals to grow business. Of top priority for most manufacturers is to streamline operations, reduce waste, improve product quality and maintain worker safety. It may seem like a tall order to achieve these goals simultaneously, but a robotic handling system can satisfy all these needs. Robots are ideal to improve jobs with large parts and repetitive motions, and those jobs in dangerous, dirty and undesirable conditions. Plus, implementing a robot can give manufacturers more flexibility to expand capabilities and take on new client work. And the boss will love the... Read More

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