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Editorials

September 2016

6 Ways that EtherCAT Auto-Configuration Saves You Time and Money

POSTED: 09/20/2016

Let’s face it: the standard method for configuring servo motors and drives through network control software is cumbersome and time-consuming. For each motor manufacturer, engineers must independently download and install the libraries and files into their IDE and run proprietary configuration tools

August 2016

What Makes Rtx64 Tick?

POSTED: 08/22/2016

When you are working with RTX64, often things can be a bit opaque. You program something, you compile it into a binary and then when it comes time to run it you send it down into this black

Industrial Robots and Manufacturing Jobs – A Catalyst for Loss or Growth?

POSTED: 08/09/2016

When disruptive technologies are introduced to the marketplace, there is an initial uncertainty among the general population about these unfamiliar products, services, or new ways of conducting business. The unknown is scary; change is often met with resistance, and people may ask themselves how such innovations will affect their livelihoods and

July 2016

How Brexit Will Impact Industrial Automation and Manufacturing

POSTED: 07/12/2016

Somehow it still seems like a joke that only happens in the movies. But folks, this is real life. The United Kingdom (UK) decided to leave the European Union (EU) and fend for themselves

June 2016

A Personal History of Fieldbuses: From Seriplex to EtherCAT

POSTED: 06/20/2016

Last week, I took a walk down memory lane. This particular lane was all about fieldbuses. I needed to make some space for some new hardware, and had to throw out some antique hardware to do so. An old Seriplex module

Eric the Robot – Foreshadowing The Inevitable Future of Humans and Robots Living Harmoniously

POSTED: 06/01/2016

By: Terri Hawker, Director Product Management Listening to NPR the other day, a story about Eric, one of the first UK robots designed in the late 1920s, it amazes how far we have come in the area of robotics. Back in 1928, a couple guys were able to create a robot that could

May 2016

Made in China 2025: Midea's Takeover Offer of Kuka Gives Insight Into China's Future Industrial Innovation Policies

POSTED: 05/24/2016

By: Jeffrey Hibbard, CEO KINGSTAR Made in China 2025: A Look Inside China’s Latest Industrial Innovation Policy Last week, China-based home appliance maker Midea made a profound statement with its 4.57 billion euros ($5.17 billion) takeover offer for German industrial robot maker Kuka, one of the world's biggest 4 robot suppliers. Without context, it seems

February 2016

The #1 Reference Book on Stress Analysis and Transducer Design Using Strain Gauges

POSTED: 02/24/2016

The classic, definitive work on strain gauge measurement The strain gauge has become an essential tool in stress analysis, part optimization, safety testing and technical investigative work. It is also a major component used in the manufacturing of measurement transducers. In this 250-page, richly-illustrated book, Karl Hoffmann describes, in plain language, the

December 2015

Identify Potential Processes for Automation - Step 2 of the Practical Guide

POSTED: 12/01/2015

While there are many ways in which production processes can be automated, the best way to introduce automation into your SME is by starting small and simple, and build up your expertise as you go. Tasks that are

What Can Collaborative Robots Do? Step 1 of the Practical Guide

POSTED: 12/01/2015

The bottom line is that with collaborative robots, it is possible to do certain tasks that would have traditionally been done with an industrial robot, but with a smaller, less risky investment and greater flexibility. Being a new technology

November 2015

3 Best Collaborative Robot Applications

POSTED: 11/05/2015

When bathing in a world where robots are a normal part of everyday life, I usually have a reality check when I am meeting customers or doing demos. The thing that I hear the most is: ''What can I do with this robot ?'' It is then that I realize that the

‘The DENSO Difference’: Small Assembly Robots, Unbeatable Value

POSTED: 11/03/2015

New Brochure Highlights the Win-Win Economics of DENSO Robots LONG BEACH, Calif. — DENSO Robotics, a global supplier of advanced robotic technology, knows firsthand what customers want in their assembly robots. Speed, accuracy, ease of operation, high reliability, low maintenance, durability and energy efficiency are all part what makes “The DENSO

October 2015

Robotics and Automation

POSTED: 10/07/2015

Compact, powerful Air Turbine Motors® in robotic applications with governed direct drive accelerate production while reducing repair costs and vibration. Air Turbine Motors® 50,000 RPM, 722MX, cuts 5 times deeper than a vane motor in the same application on a lathe test. Just 90PSI/6.2Bar compressed air required. Air Turbine Motors® feature: Higher

June 2015

The Truth Behind ROI in Automation

POSTED: 06/30/2015

There is no doubt that industrial automation has become more commonly used by manufacturing organizations in recent years, as it has helped increase profitability among companies.  Although organizations can benefit from automated systems, how do you know if automating your process will be the right investment?  Before making a decision,

Industrial Automation: Q&A with Alex Bonaire

POSTED: 06/19/2015

Automation is becoming more and more common in the manufacturing sector as companies begin to understand its many benefits. In an interview with Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Alex Bonaire, the Robot Product Manager at Mitsubishi Electric, provided IMPO with some expert insight into the evolving world of industrial automation. Maura Falk: Could


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