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Case Studies

Industry : Consumer Goods/Appliances

Assembly Challenges No Match for Robotic System

POSTED: 06/01/2008

Problem: Feeding parts for the assembly of Honeywell's round thermostat presented many challenges.  One part presented two major challenges -- its natural tendency to tangle when fed in bulk and the manufacturing process for this particular part id not allow for integration of automation equipment. The need to present precisely oriented

At the ‘‘Fore-Front’‘ of Automation: Acushnet Uses Robot to Handle Golf Balls

POSTED: 02/05/2005

Robots and Titleist golf balls might seem an unusual pairing.  However, Acushnet Company (Fairhaven, Massachusetts) -- the leading producer of Titleist® and Pinnacle® golf balls,  Titleist® and Cobra® golf clubs, FootJoy® shoes and gloves, and other golf-related equipment and accessories -- is at the ‘‘fore-front’‘ of golf-ball manufacturing technology,

ToyMaker 3000

POSTED: 06/03/2004

What is one of the most sophisticated Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) assembly factories doing at a Museum?  ToyMaker 3000, now open permanently at The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) in Chicago, produces an assembled Gravitron toy top at a rate of

Vacuum Gripper System Meets Increasing Demands for Handling Packages of Varying Shape and Size

POSTED: 04/16/2004

The use of robots for placing products in containers, transferring those containers between different stations in the packaging lines and palletizing them is becoming increasingly prevalent in all industries. Robots, with their ability to use a variety of end-of-arm tools [EOAT], provide the high-speed ‘‘pick and place’‘ palletizing ability needed to

Material Handling On the MoneyReprinted with permission from Robotics World

POSTED: 11/18/2002

The European Single Currency, the Euro, made its debut in January. April 2001 marked the service introduction of a robot production line set up by GAPE-CEMES at Monnaie de Paris (the Paris Mint) for packaging boxes of Euro coins. Quite naturally, Stäubli robots found themselves a

Robotic System Improves Product Quality

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Problem: Today even makers of products in the cosmetics and toiletry industries have to consistently provide the best possible quality. This is true for the products themselves as well as their packaging.  The decision makers at Goldwell needed a way to avoiding constant contact between the shampoo bottles

Molding Optically Clear Lenses for Cellular Phones

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Yushin Servo Robots ideal for clean- room applications.  Case sited: molding optically clear lenses for cellular phones.  Problem: InteSeys (Gilbert Arizona), performs multiple, sequential manufacturing processes for a major cellular phone manufacturer.  Digital-readout lenses are molded, with in-mold decoration.  An adhesive foam pad and a lens protector are

KUKA Robot Well-Suited to Flexible Motion Sequence in Cutting and Deburring Operation

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Problem: The user, a medium-sized business, works in three shifts throughout the year, producing toboggans and child seats. The company manufactures 70,000 to 80,000 toboggans per season. After plastic parts finish going through the blow molding process, holes are cut in them while they are still hot; after

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

Braun Increases Shaver Production Line up to 85% with Robotic System

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Problem: The Shaver Division of Braun GmbH (Kronberg, Germany) needed to shorten product cycles and quickly reconfigure its assembly lines to accommodate new shaver models. One goal called for reducing assembly time per unit. To meet this challenge, the Wallduern plant set out to remake its shaver production

Fiber Optics Patch Cords Patch Cords

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Problem: The manual assembly of fiber optic pigtails requires operators to work with super small parts that have sub-micron assembly tolerances. Improper component assembly causes misalignment of the fiber cables which greatly reduces the output capacity of the finished connectors. Traditional first pass yields from

Adept Robotic System Improves Quality of Circuit Board Assembly

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Problem: Lucent's manufacturing process required workers to manually place pins on circuit boards whose resistors, capacitors and other components were held by solder paste. Because the paste had not solidified, the slightest bump could cause alignment errors, requiring a board to be reworked. Solution: The Lucent workcell combines an Adept


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