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Editorials

August 2016

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

June 2016

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

Impact Productivity Not The Product

POSTED: 12/31/2015

A common side effect of using air cylinder to performing high-speed diverting and sorting of all types of products, and heavy products at any speed is the of the decrease in productivity caused by the higher energy the air cylinder imparts on the product at the point of impact.  This

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

8 Ways SMAC's Revolutionary SOFT-LAND is a Game Changer

POSTED: 10/22/2015

“Soft-land” is the ability to softly land on a surface with a Moving Coil Actuator shaft and virtually instantly (in milliseconds) recognize that contact has been made and at what distance.  The “Soft-Land” is a patented unique routine which allows the actuator rod or gripper jaw to land on the

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

May 2015

Checklist for Success With Linear Motion Automation Devices for Robot Tracks, Gantry Robots, Vertical Robot Lifts

POSTED: 05/27/2015

Right-size it : What is the right size for the loads and speeds of your application? Too much machine is a waste. Too small is worse. Güdel Applications Engineers are available to help you get it just right.  Reach study : In some cases a smaller robot on a

Project Management Process

POSTED: 05/19/2015

With each automation project, Midwest Engineered Systems implements a project management process that walks through the steps for successful equipment integration.  The process describes the procedures that are taken to manage every element of the project.  In addition to providing a comprehensive set of project procedures, the project process gives


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