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Robotic Coating: Robots Improve Productivity at Glasland Industries

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Glasland Industries Inc., a manufacturer of fiberglass products, recently converted its chop and gel coating area from manual operations to robotics after the company was awarded a large contract to manufacture the fiberglass housings of ventilation fans for use in hen houses. Aggressive production plans and

Rapid Response Investigation of Robots for Post-Accident Safety Assessment

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When conditions are too dangerous for people after mine disasters, robots can go safely where people cannot to locate survivors, check the atmosphere, or assess the condition of the mine. That is the premise of the US Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA); and

Speed Palletizing

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Problem: Intensive manual labor required to depalletize bags of seed. Solution: Design of a turnkey system to automated the process of depalletizing various sizes and weights of bags of seed.  With this system the robot lifts up to three bags at a time.  (No one in the industry was moving

SCARA Robot Equipped with an Integrated Vision System, Special End of Arm Vacuum Tooling and a Conveyor System Automates Packaging

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Problem: A major pharmaceutical company needed a fully automated packaging to load tablets into cavity blister packs. When packaged manually, unacceptably high scrap rates were common because of the tablets’ soft exterior finish. Solution: Engineers at Janssen-Ortho LLC (a Johnson & Johnson Company pharmaceutical partner) in Gurabo, PR designed

Machine Loading Cell Made More Efficient with Robotic System

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Problem: The customer wanted to match and automate an existing Okuma machining center with a new Okuma twin spindle vertical lathe.  The operations included maching 8 different bearing housings weighing approximately 40 lbs. each.  Some parts required side 'A' and side 'B' machining, which accounted for 15 separate

Case Palletizing at SICO-MULCO

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  SICO Inc. manufactures and distributes trade, industrial, and specialty paints, varnishes, stains, coatings, caulkings and adhesives to Canada, Mexico, United States and Europe under a variety of brand names.   SICO Inc.’s St-Hubert’s plant in St-Hubert, Quebec, Canada, recently implemented the company’s first robotic palletizing workcell to

Small Part Deburring

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Problem: Intensive manual labor in a high temperature environment required to unload powdered metal parts from a press deburr and load into an oven for hardening. Solution: Design of a turnkey robotic system to automated the load/unload deburring process.  The operator is no longer required in the high temperature environment. 

Motoman System Surpasses Cutting Accuracy and Cycle Time Requirements

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 Challenges Achieve 34-second cycle time, making a 7” bottom cut and a 5” top cut on 0.032” galvanized steel parts (body sides) weighing approximately 30 lbs. each.Produce straight, dross-free edge cut with accuracy within ± 0.020” on

Large Part Handling & Deburring

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Problem: Intensive manual labor required to deburr engine crankshaft and provide a way to check for quality of previous operation. Solution: Design of a turnkey system to automated the process of deburring and performing a quality check of previous operation on two crankshaft styles.  The robot is able to manipulate

Flexible Router Trimming

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Problem: A blow molder company based in South Carolina looked to expand theirt rimming capacity as well as improve the trimming accuracy of their finished products.  In addition, this blow molder wanted to reduce injuries relatedto trimming while increasing productivity and reducing labor and capitalequipment costs. Solution: Robotic Production Technology (RPT) has designed

Factory Five Racing and Robotic Production Technology Team Up to Improve Kit Trimming Quality and Cost

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Challenge Factory Five Racing, Inc. is a kit car company based in Wareham, Mass. that produces affordable Roadster replicas.  For seven years the company hand trimmed the kit panels using router and trim fixtures.  The trimming results varied depending on the person who did the trimming

Rapid Design and Deployment of Special-Purpose Automated Product Inspection Systems

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Sandia's Intelligent Systems and Robotics Center (ISRC) has proven its capability to develop and deploy automated inspection stations. ISRC designers meet with customers to compile a list of requirements, specifications, and hardware and software needs. From those requirements, a cost-effective system is developed to meet their special

Complex Assemblies: Rapid Automated Generation of Correct Assembly Sequences

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Manufacturing companies throughout the world are rapidly changing in order to survive in today's highly competitive market environments. Some examples of coping with changing environments are manufacturing globalization, automated and intelligent manufacturing, virtual manufacturing, and agile manufacturing. The objective of the movement in manufacturing is to improve flexibility, reliability, and

Precision Welding Robots Rev Up Motorcycle Frame Production

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Challenges Increase manufacturing capacity to 50-60 frames per day. Reduce dependency on a small number of skilled manual welders.


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