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Robotics Tech Papers

Application: Material Handling

How to Reduce Product Damage, Enhance Productivity and Increase Efficiencies in Paper Plate Manufacturing

by Laurie Perolio-Bullinger, Marketing Manager

POSTED: 10/19/2016

Introduction The U.S. paper plate industry is projected to increase over the next five years as consumer demand continues to rise despite coming under scrutiny by environmentalist groups.  Although this category is expected to grow, the industry is experiencing increased import competition from emerging countries with less aggressive environmental regulations

NEXCOM Simplifies OT-IT Convergence to Scout for Factory Intelligence

POSTED: 09/23/2016

NEXCOM IoT Automation Solution combines operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) to depict a comprehensive overview of factory operations. To put Industry 4.0 into practice, NEXCOM IoT Automation Solution closely integrates heterogeneous industrial automation and control systems, provides end-to-end connectivity to form a tightly-knit Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and simplifies the adoption

NEXCOM Fully Depicts Cloud-Infused Industry 4.0

POSTED: 08/31/2016

Putting Industry 4.0 into practice has become a universal lesson throughout the industry. However, most Industry 4.0 interpretations in recent years have mainly focused on the data side of things. To extend beyond the focus, this year at the 2016 Taipei International Industrial Automation Exhibition, NEXCOM will demonstrate how it

Designing a Reliable and Efficient Vacuum System

POSTED: 05/31/2016

A vacuum system is made up of more than a pump, and its design is dependent on the application. However, all applications need reliable and efficient designs, so to illustrate how to achieve that, we will focus on two types of applications and systems. Applications for vacuum pumps can be either

Suction Cups Enable the Vacuum to Grip

POSTED: 05/31/2016

Vacuum systems designed to lift, hold and move objects need to be fitted with suction cups. These come in all shapes, forms and sizes, so it can be hard to choose one that fits a certain application. First, you need to know how they work. Suction cups are essential components in

How Embedded Devices and the Cloud Are Leading a Paradigm Shift in Manufacturing and Production

POSTED: 05/17/2016

By: Daron Underwood, CTO Not long ago, embedded devices were not connected in any way to a network especially to a network that was accessible to the cloud. As such, it was decidedly difficult to have software activation and licensing software work at a local level. Microsoft even struggled with Windows

Why an Open “Plug-and-Play” Software Platform is The Answer for Industrial Motion Control

POSTED: 04/28/2016

What is the number one thing that industrial automation engineers want at work? It’s simple: the freedom and flexibility to choose the best tools without reservation. That autonomy, however, is rarely achieved, not just in industrial automation but practically any industry these days. Oh sure, plenty of tooling vendors say they provide

Industrial Machine Automation: Soft Motion Control Has Better Performance and Value Than Hardware

POSTED: 04/15/2016

Embedded OEMs – especially those whose products have complex human-machine interfaces (HMIs), manage many degrees of motion, and require hard real-time operation – have traditionally relied on field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and digital signal processors (DSPs) to meet the precision and performance requirements of machine vision and motion control

Understanding the Benefits of Strain Gauge Technology in OEM Medical Devices and Equipment

POSTED: 02/24/2016

Custom strain gauge sensing technology enhances patient experiences in everything from robotic surgical systems to mammography machines. Introduction In today's highly competitive medical device marketplace, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and their associated design and engineering personnel are opting to include custom strain gauge sensing technologies into finished product designs, as a

High-Acceleration Servo Motors Create Cabling Challenges

by Lucas Kehl, Product Marketing

POSTED: 03/13/2015

In automated production machines, faster acceleration and deceleration of motion axes can lead to productivity gains. It’s no wonder that machine builders have started to adopt new low-inertia servo motors that offer maximum accelerations up to 5g, compared to less than 3g for conventional servo motors. The new motors can reach

Connectors Lower Wiring Costs

by Jack Gayara, Product Manager

POSTED: 03/10/2015

The assumption that hardwiring will minimize wire installation costs turns out to be wrong If you design or build industrial machines, you probably know all about hardwiring. It remains the most common way to bring power and signal to the

What is the Genuine Added Value From an Ejector with Integrated Controls in a Suction Cup Handling System?

by Josef Karbassi, Vice President Automation Division

POSTED: 05/05/2014

Introduction Air-driven ejectors are gaining pace as the vacuum source for suction cup handling equipment on robots and special purpose machines (ex: case/carton erectors, de-stackers, unloading equipment, etc.). It is an ongoing trend in many different industries, such as packaging, electronics, automotive, glass and plastics. The advantages over traditional blowers

Five Steps Towards More Picks Per Minute

by Josef Karbassi, Vice President Automation Division

POSTED: 05/01/2014

Vacuum-based systems for materials handling are used in many different industries, and regardless of whether a system is used to pick up cartons of food or consumer products, large metal sheets or tiny electronics components, the speed at which that system is working will impact the production rate. A more

Five Steps Towards Using Less Energy Per Pick

by Josef Karbassi, Vice President Automation Division

POSTED: 05/01/2014

In a world where most electrical power is produced in power plants fuelled by gas, oil and coal, and where the carbon dioxide (CO2) released from these fossil fuels is considered a major environmental threat, manufacturers need to focus on reducing their energy consumption. Increasingly strict legislation intended to reduce

Vacuum Systems for Successful Robot Implementation

by Josef Karbassi, Vice President Automation Division

POSTED: 10/17/2013

ABSTRACT The design of a vacuum system and choice of vacuum components for robot end effectors can be of crucial importance for a successful robot installation. This paper discusses vacuum solutions for robot end effectors, which increase the


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