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May 2015

Vision Guided Robotics Advances

POSTED: 05/25/2015

Vision guided robotics – Technological advances that opened the door for vision guided robotics applications in factories  Vision guided robotics has been used in factories since the 1990’s, but the technological developments of the recent years allowed various new possibilities. Those enabling technological advances are: Fast increase of computing power Decrease cost of

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

Why food and beverage companies should automate warehouses?

POSTED: 05/06/2015

How a warehouse can turn as a competitive asset for the food and beverage processors? Are those companies ready to automate warehouses? Food and beverage companies have a lot of experience with automation and robotics in their manufacturing processes, but still rely a lot on manual labor for their warehouse operations.

April 2015

Plastics Processors Also Like Industrial Robots

POSTED: 04/29/2015

Industrial robots sales and orders are on an upward trend since the last recession. What is the situation in the plastics industry? The Robotics Industry Association (RIA) recently announced that 2014 was a record year for industrial robot orders, with an increase of 28% from 2013. The world statistics are not

Small Fragile Electronic Component Assembly - Challenges and Solutions

POSTED: 04/21/2015

The smallest SMD components are shrinking in size, currently 0.2 x 0.4 mm (type 01005). The solder area’s on these components is 0.07 x 0.2 mm. The interspacing between components needs to be as small as possible in order to maximize the component density. A distance between components of 0.05

How to Measure Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)?

POSTED: 04/17/2015

The “Overall Equipment Effectiveness” (OEE): a simple but effective way to measure the performance of production equipment. There are many ways to measure and evaluate the productivity of equipment or a line. One of them is called the “Overall Equipment Effectiveness” (OEE). It considers the availability of the equipment, its performance

January 2015

March 2014

Automation for Surface Treating

POSTED: 03/11/2014

Surface treatment is used to clean, etch, and functionalize surfaces to improve adhesion to a wide variety of plastic and metal surfaces.   Midwest Engineering Systems partners with a local company for automated surface treating projects including: robotics for precise control of treatment patterns, material handling automation, and the design

Trending Industries in Robotic Material Handling

POSTED: 03/11/2014

Material handling is among the most popular applications in industrial robotics, with most automation systems including at least some aspects of this category. Robotic material handling systems improve production, quality, consistency, and flexibility while decreasing worker accidents, scrap, and floor space utilization. Robots are now being called upon to handle

Automated Packaging Revolution

POSTED: 03/11/2014

In the realm of stiff competition, manufactures and wholesalers must find new ways to achieve a competitive advantage. The benefits of automation are apparent in the packaging industry, allowing for timely and accurate delivery of products, while keeping costs within budget. Today’s solutions are engineered and designed for your specific

January 2014

Random Robotic Bin Picking

POSTED: 01/09/2014

November 2013

Taking It Off- Robotic Deburring

POSTED: 11/11/2013

The majority of finished manufactured parts require some type of material removal process such as deburring, polishing or some other type of surface preparation / finishing.  Robots have been increasingly implemented for these processes in almost every industry due to their advantages.  Robotic Material Removal Advantages Improves quality

July 2013

What You Must Know About Robotic Welding

POSTED: 07/24/2013

In the fabrication and manufacturing world, quality and productivity are everything. To remain competitive, companies need to look continually for ways to increase throughput and minimize defects, while also keeping costs low for parts and labor. In many cases, turning to robotic welding is a means to achieve those goals

April 2012

October 2011

Consumer Robot for Autism Therapy Wins Top Prize In Nation’s First RoboBowl Competition

POSTED: 10/26/2011

InterBots of Pittsburgh Wins $25,000 in Finals at Carnegie Mellon University PITTSBURGH—A Pittsburgh startup, Interbots, won a first prize of $25,000 for its plan to develop consumer robots that could help boost the social skills of autistic children in the inaugural RoboBowl venture competition. Interbots was one of


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