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How do I approach beginning robotics? I'm only a sophomore in high school and want to pursue a career in robotics. Is there any way to go about that?

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Is there any data on price trends for paint spraying robots or vision technology? Are we on the bleeding edge of vision technology or have prices become stable? Any general price trend info for industrial robots would be helpful. Thank You!

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I am accustomed to seeing an interlock and a provision for lockout on access doors on robot cells. When teaching the robot a lock is placed on the door to prevent it from closing and the interlock is bypassed by the controller's teach mode, which limits the robots speed. First, is this a safe practice? Second, is lockout while teaching a robot required by any standard?

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Does the RIA standard have any bearing over conveyors or other equipment within a cell/fence? I.E. a conveyor that runs parts into the cell so the robot can pick them up does not stop when the gate switch is opened. I believe this falls under our normal risk assessment program for every job a technician goes to, but I am being pressured form an individual to change the system to include the conveyors and clamping systems that are in the same cell. All pieces of equipment have local lock out/tag out stations including the air system for the clamps. Do you have any guidance?

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Our company wants to become a reseller/ distributor for automation, robotics and virtualisation products and services in India. What is the scope of these services in India especially in the segments like: Manufacturing, Services (Healthcare, Banking & Finance, Legal, Education, Trade & Commerce, Automotive, Transportation & Logistics, Home & Workplace), Building & Construction Industry etc. How do we start?

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For lack of a better reference, I'm using the collaborative robot standards to evaluate the safety of a slow moving dial plate (40mm/s, 60kg, blunt edges, nothing sharp, etc). Standards I am referencing are:1. ANSI/RIA R15.06-2012 Section on Collaborative Robots. 2. ISO 15066:2016 Robots and Robotic Devices – Collaborative Robots. Anyway. Since impact force is F=0.5mv2/t and that's all good. But I don't have a good way to determine the impact "time". The best I could find is elevator door at 0.75 seconds. Are there other references? Is this the right equation? Cheers!

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Is there a subdivision within the Robotic Industries Association specifically for pharmacy automation? Or a separate industry association dedicated to that field?

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I have a question regarding perimeter safeguarding, or fencing. I remember in previous standard, that the requirement was to have 18" from the perimeter safeguarding to the programmed path of the robot in T1 APV. I don't see a similar requirement in the 2012 standard. What I do see is that it states that the perimeter safeguarding cannot be installed closer than the restricted space (5.4.2). Also, it states that perimeter safeguarding can the limiting device if it meets 5.4.3. Note 4 states that it can only be so if it does not have any hazardous deformations to the guard. So my questions are this: Is there something still in existence that looks at this from a T1 aspect of things and stipulates how far the fence needs to be from the operating space? Also, If I build my fencing to withstand a full force collision without hazardous deformation, can the fencing then be the restricted space? Thanks.

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Does ANSI require robots to be retrofit for the 2012 standard?

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I am finding nothing to solve my issue on any site or publication, maybe you can help. I have a screw running on a stepper motor and am trying to determine the distance for the Light Curtain or does it matter when using a Stepper motor as the stop is instantaneous? There is no 90 deg stop time like on a cam run machine or gear driven. I am writing up a Guarding program for my company and want to include this information. Any ideas?

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What segments make up the Industrial Robotics industry?

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I need someone to reprogram a Staubli TX90 and a TX60 that work together in a cell. Is there anyone in, or near, Toronto that can help me with this?

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I am talking with some R&D individuals that have developed a system to detect what the composition of an object is and they are looking at applications that could be used in manufacturing (if there is something living, human or animal, in the area the machine will shut down or stop but if the object is something like steel / wood / fabric that is used in the manufacturing process the machine will continue). They wanted to know if any type of safety guarding system exists or if they should move towards other applications if they are duplicating current technology. Basic question from them was if an operator was in the area the robot or machine would stop if he is in an area of injury but would continue once he is out of harms way even if he is still in the cell.

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I have a six axis robotic arm on a rail, and it is going into a specialized room with two doors. I have two laser safety scanners in the room (4 inches off the floor so anyone entering the room is detected) and the robot and rail stop. The robot can't reach either door. One scanner is on one side of the rail and covers the door. The other is on far side of the rail and there are no doors on that side of the robot. Am I in compliance with guarding specifications w/o interlocks on the doors? I can send pictures. 6 estops two outside the room 4 inside to stop.

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Hello, I have two reports to improve the contact tips selection in a GMAW welding process; these two reports made by different divisions (the parts they are welding are different, maybe also different parameters of welding) have opposite recommendations based on the durability of the contact tips. One report says that fronius tip is more durable than euroricambi, but in the other report says that euroricambi have better performance because the tip is made by extrusion and the fronius tip is made by sintered process. This is true? An extruded contact tip is better than a sintered contact tip? Or maybe it’s a combination of parameters than can cause this different behavior. Please let me know what you think. Thanks and regards.

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Per the standard, can a technician be inside the safety fence manually operating the robot in teach mode (slow)? Or does absolutely all robot movement have to be done while outside the fence and all gates closed?

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Where does the role of end user stop and integrator begin? How much can I change without assuming the role of integrator?

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I'm interested in automating my restaurant. Is there a company you can guide me to for the pizza industry?

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Is there a robotic operation system that can handle a robotic system by secure sign on and over the internet? The browser would be used to guide a camera.

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Apparently there is a belief that only robots compliant with 15.06 2012 may be installed in new or upgraded cells in 2016. I am looking for a concise statement stating that as-manufactured robots compliant with the 1996 standard may be installed in new and upgraded cells in 2016—provided that the rest of the system meets the requirements of the 2012 standard. Please include reference to your credentials. Thanks.

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