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Are there any machining or welding jobs available in the actual manufacturing of industrial robots? Is that work outsourced or done in house? How about non-destructive testing, do the manufacturers do that in house or is it done by 3rd party companies? I have been searching the web, but I don't see a lot of information about the role of traditional manufacturing and inspection processes in the robotics field. How are the robots that build things, themselves built? I am very curious about this, any links or information would be appreciated. Thanks.

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I have a machine where we use a KUKA robot to exchange a tape application heads from storage stands to the machine. This robot has the SafeOperation feature installed. Most of the cell has a hard guard except for an area between the cell and the machine, where the machine operators must regularly pass through. This area is protected with a floor scanner. My first issue is trying to verify the safe distance calculations. I have KUKA's published stopping times but do I use the worst time for 1 axis for these calculations? At what point in the move profile do I use as the baseline for implementing this distance? The highest velocity or farthest reach? The second issue I have is I would like to use a warning zone on the scanner to slow the robot (using the SafeOperation settings) to 250mm/s. Do I use the original safe distance calculations to determine the limits of this warning zone?

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I am using a Fanuc 120I with a servo torch and a Lincoln 455 Powerwave for .035" aluminum wire and we cannot get it to stop burning tips very often. The welds look great but it burns the tip at the start of the weld quite often. What causes this?

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Are there any safety guidelines in the RIA specifications regarding 2 people being in a robot cell while teaching?

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Simple question referring to 5.6.3.4.3- There is a statement at the bottom of this stating that a sufficient number of readily identifiable and easily accessible e-stops shall be located within the safeguarded space. It's not clear to me, based on the other information provided above this in 5.6.3.4.3, if this is required in every circumstance or as an alternative to, for example, the ability to lock a gate in the open position.

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We are working on a robot application with a small SCARA system where the robot's working envelope has to be defined beyond the machine's guarding in order for it to be able to reach all the necessary areas that it must reach. So, the robot will have the potential for smacking into the guarding, which will include a door. The door does include a safety interlock, so when the machine is operating the door is locked and will not open. We have checked the door lock's force rating and compared it against the maximum force that could be generated by the robot at full acceleration and this appears to be safely under the door lock's rating. We will also monitor the robot's motors to determine if they have exceeded any limits that would indicate it's movement was restricted unexpectedly. Also, in this configuration, hard stops cannot be used. Is there anything else that we can/should do to ensure the safety of this robot application?

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We are a group of seniors at Toledo Technology Academy building a guarding around a FANUC R2000iB series robot arm. We were wondering if there is any minimum height that the guarding must be according to OSHA or any other safety group.

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The latest Robot Standards mandate that the retricted space is within the safeguarded space. Is this just for automatic operation? If I have a robot where the electronic limits do not operate in manual and so the robot can be moved past the restricted point - do hard stops need to be fitted to restrict robot motion within the safegaurded space? regards Ian English

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What is the industry accepted definition of a robot? Once you meet that definition, what minimum requirements must you meet as far as a written program, training, inspections, etc? Thanks

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I need an integrator for a small job in Houston. Is there a directory of integrators known to be competent in the Houston area?

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I work at Kaba Ilco as the GM. We manufacture over 300 million keys per year. We are looking for a very small pick and place robot that could replace the manual key racking that we currently do. Any ideas would be appreciated. Scott Bye 252-200-5450 scott.bye@kaba.com

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Can robots have wireless connectivity in the future?

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Is an FSU unit required for a new Yaskawa MA1400 in Canada?

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Hello, I have a Fanuc robot and I've been using teach pendant to program it. Can the robot be programmed using G-code? If so, how can I see the G-code program that I created using teach pendant? Thanks for your help.

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Is ANSI/RIA planning to release any safety standards related to autonomous mobile robots (AMRs)? E.g. the ASTM F45 committee is planning to develop standards related to AMRs. I am trying to decide which organization to monitor for development of standards relevant to my industry.

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We're planning to go through ISO 13849 certification this year, but we're looking for a consultant to provide some insight before we start the certification process. Does anyone have this expertise?

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Looking to automate a process that uses a rubber pad mold. Can an end effector be designed to handle such a flexible part?

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I'm using a Fanuc arc mate and can't get the weld to stop burning through my material which is aluminum. It's only the beginning of the weld and the end of the weld that burns through the material. What can i change so it will stop doing this and how do i change it?

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What is the maximum perimeter guard sweep height allowed under 15.06 2012? It was 12".

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What ISO standards do you recommend that I purchase in regards to machine/robot safeguarding?

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