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Application: Material Handling

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

Robotics in the Folding Carton Industry: The Human Factor

POSTED: 02/09/2016

Robot Integrators design systems that put people at the forefront of their back-ups The folding carton industry, the people who manufacture and print packages for our products and make the boxes that ship our goods, is a sector that uses a lot of automation. It’s easy to see how robots could

How Robotics Play a Key Role in the Tissue Manufacturing Process

POSTED: 01/29/2016

The Tissue Manufacturing Process: It's All About the Flow Those who design factory production lines use the terms “upstream” and “downstream” when referring to the two ends of the tissue manufacturing process. Perhaps sitting inside their factory offices the engineers harbour dreams of putting up Gone Fishing signs. Or they simply

‘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

Should CPG Companies Invest in E-commerce?

POSTED: 09/02/2015

What are the advantages and challenges for CPG companies who invest in e-commerce? For consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies, direct selling through the Web represents a great opportunity. It allows them to build a unique relationship with end-users and offer an additional point of sale by tapping into e-commerce’s growing popularity. But

Sustainable Packaging: The Trends for Consumer Goods Manufacturers

POSTED: 08/21/2015

Sustainable packaging is more than a trend, it is now a must! In a recent market assessment realized by PMMI, the most common issue mentioned by respondents was sustainable packaging. Some state that any type of non-sustainable packaging material will become obsolete in 5 to 10 years. Today, brand identity is

Folding Carton Manufacturers New Challenges

POSTED: 07/14/2015

Upcoming challenges for folding carton manufacturers and the need to invest in technologies Even if the folding carton packaging is known as a mature industry (see our previous blog post), producers still have growth opportunities to tackle. As food and beverage

Carton Packaging Market Trends in North America

POSTED: 06/18/2015

Carton packaging: an ally for manufacturers and retailers Some people might say that carton packaging represents a mature industry; this does not mean that it is not a dynamic one. Its CAGR from 2015 to 2019 should be somewhere between 4,2 and 5,1%. What are the trends that should unfold this

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

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.

Simple Solutions for Multi-carriage Tracks

POSTED: 01/12/2015

Kawasaki Robotics US recently turned to Güdel for a 21-meter-long, three-carriage TrackMotion TMF-4 for material handling in a body shop. Deploying more than one robot on a track poses special challenges for managing cables and carriages, but not for Güdel which has generations of experience solving these issues. E-chain management is


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