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Robotic Resources

Case Studies

Application: Material Handling

A Stäubli RX 60 robot working with two fully integrated vision systems has dramatically improved production for a crucial component of the U.S. Navy’s Aegis Weapons System

POSTED: 03/14/2012

The component is a 12' x 12' aluminum base plate, which holds thousands of tiny ceramic windows forming a protective front for an array of phasers at the heart of the computer-controlled AN/SPY-1 radar system.  Designed and developed by Lockheed Martin Naval Electronic & Surveillance Systems-Surface Systems, Moorestown, NJ, the Aegis

Fabrik select Stäubli for six axis plastics automation

POSTED: 03/14/2012

Fabrik Molded Plastics of McHenry, Illinois, USA, specialise in injection moulding, producing around 155 million components a year for the automotive, aerospace, domestic appliance, electrical, electronic and medical markets. They operate an impressive array of 63 Engel moulding machines ranging from 40 to 600 tons capacity. Fabrik have employed for some

Restricted Access Barrier Systems (RABS) & Isolators: The Perfect Combination of Robot System Safety and Aseptic Drug Manufacturing

POSTED: 03/14/2012

Introduction Industrial manufacturing of injectable drug products presents very different and difficult challenges when compared to other industrial manufacturing applications.  In order to enhance patient safety and ensure product quality the Pharmaceutical Industry has been implementing systems called Advanced Aseptic Processing (AAP) systems.  Advanced Aseptic Processing systems utilize advanced forms of

Combination of Robots and CDLR Conveyors Increases Production Up-Time

POSTED: 01/05/2012

Tech-Con Automation combines Robots and CDLR conveyors to Increase Production Up-Time A Tech-Con Automation client is a Tier 1 manufacturer of engine cradles. The client required an automated way to handle cradles going into and coming out of a protective coating process prior to shipping. CHALLENGES Part

A Lean-Mean Welding Cell

POSTED: 10/11/2011

…pairs a material-handling robot to manipulate weld fixtures with a robotic welder. Together the robotic duo tackles multiple part configurations and small batch sizes. Healthcare-product manufacturer Midmark Corp, knows robotic welding inside and

Rexroth VarioFlow conveyors offer modular advantages for Oak State products from wrapping, to cartoning, to case packing

POSTED: 08/30/2011

Easy-to-assemble modular approach adds both packaging capacity and flexibility for food products customer needs When food product consumers’ tastes change, food product manufacturers’ processes need to change with them, to stay ahead in a competitive marketplace. That’s where Oak State Products, a Wenona, Illinois-based contract packager and manufacturer of baked goods,

Automation with Dexterity at the Robotics Competence Center of the WIFI OÖ

POSTED: 02/07/2011

Recently introduced by KEBA, the active contact flange for sensitive automation tasks has been in use in practical application since January 2011 at the Robotics Competence Center of the WIFI Upper Austria in Linz. Recognised throughout Austria, the WIFI (Wirtschaftsförderungsinstitut) or Economic Development Institute is an institution with numerous

Product Handling Put to the Test at Twizzlers Candy Plant

POSTED: 02/07/2011

Twizzlers® candy from Y&S Candies, Inc., a division of The Hershey Company, is an American candy favorite, known for its sticky, pliable consistency and sweet fruity flavors. However, some of the qualities that make it such a satisfying treat also make it a product packaging challenge. Y&S produces and

One Multitasking Robot, Two Heavy-Lifting Jobs

POSTED: 11/19/2010

This is one busy robot, working on one side of a manufacturing cell to case-pack, and then swinging around to palletize the heavy cases. Operators are spared the heavy lifting, and throughput has climbed by 35 percent. As sales climbed dramatically for 21.5-lb. bulk plastic bottles of windshield-washer fluid

Petroleum Refinery Automates Case & Pail Palletizing

POSTED: 10/04/2010

A petroleum refinery needed to increase production speeds to match demand for their products, but were restricted by the palletizing stage of production. Furthermore, employees were loading the products onto the pallets by hand, putting them at risk of injury due to heavy lifting and repetitive motions. The optimal solution

Alvey Robotic Palletizers from Intelligrated Paint a Picture of Efficiency for Kelly-Moore Paint Company

POSTED: 09/01/2010

Willingness to Invest in Future Yields Big Dividends With 76% Return on Investment in First Year. The Company Beginning in 1946 with a single manufacturing facility in San Carlos, California, Kelly-Moore Paints™ has grown to the largest employee-owned, and the 5th largest paint company, in the United States. Supporting over 165 local

Injection Molder Gets Robotic Automation Right the First Time

POSTED: 06/01/2010

…and every time thereafter. Employing robots to automate repetitive machine-tending tasks has provided Nyloncraft Inc., an injection-molding contract manufacturer, the flexibility to add labor in key areas where it was needed to support growth, without having to hire new employees.  So says Nyloncraft

Centerless Grinder Automation

POSTED: 04/30/2010

Customer Information - The customer runs a precision machine shop manufacturing a great variety of parts for the industrial, commercial and aerospace markets. Part volumes are low to medium. Application - Automation of a Royal Master TG - 12 manual centerless

A Sweet Success Story: Candy Factory Modernizes its Robotic-Palletizing Cells

POSTED: 04/22/2010

The Hershey Company licorice plant welcomes new palletizing robots—along with controls and simulation software--to handle 85 percent of the plant’s palletizing chores, while also increasing productivity, flexibility and reliability. Since April 2009, the Y&S Candies plant in Lancaster, PA—home of the Twizzler—has been busy upgrading its four 20-yr-.old robotic case-palletizing cells,


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