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Industry : Robot Manufacturing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robot Safety Awareness Webinar

POSTED: 08/30/2010

A new robot safety standard is set to take effect in 2011. Manufacturers have already started producing robots that are compliant. Users and integrators now must consider guidelines that are harmonized with ISO.  For more than a decade, OSHA has referred to the ANSI/RIA R15.06-1999 Robot Safety Standard but times

Don’t be Alarmed – It’s Just a Robot I’m Talking From

POSTED: 08/26/2010

When a security alarm goes off in a deserted office building at night and a robot meets first responders at the door to see what happened does it mean we’ve entered the age of the Jetsons? What if that robot gives its owner the ability to

Look to RIA for a Revitalized Robotics Industry

POSTED: 02/03/2010

There is no sugar coating the fact that the robotics industry suffered from the Great Recession but there are some bright spots. RIA’s Director of Market Analysis, Paul Kellett, presented detailed statistics during the Robotics Industry Forum and they show the industry has contracted. However, he also highlighted areas where

KUKA RoboCoaster is Sum of All Thrills at Disney’s Epcot

POSTED: 10/19/2009

Until recently, few people could boast they had strapped themselves to a robot and gone for a ride (although quite a few did this at 2005 International Robots & Vision Show when KUKA brought an early version of their RoboCoaster). Now you can go


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