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Robotics Case Studies

Application: Material Handling

US Chemical Automates Case Packing With Robotics

POSTED: 01/17/2006

A robotic cell that packs chemical containers into cardboard cases is eliminating repetitive manual operations at a US Chemical plant in southern Wisconsin. The system, designed by Promatech, LLC, New Berlin, Wisconsin, was integrated with the plant’s existing filling, capping and conveyor system and incorporates a

Automotive Stamping Study at DaimlerChrysler Finds New Vacuum Technology Elicits Potential Annual Savings of $400,000/plant

POSTED: 12/14/2005

  Summary A recent comparative vacuum technology study performed by Dr. Kingman Yee, as part of a DaimlerChrysler Summer Intern Professors Program, found that air consumption could be reduced by 98% when equipping a robot’s end-of-arm tooling with COAX® technology and a Vacustat™ check valve.  The study

Shell Solar Implements Robotics to Increase Productivity

POSTED: 01/27/2005

Fossil fuels giant Shell Oil Company investing in solar energy? To most people, the two mix about as well as oil and water. After all, the Shell brand brings to mind a company with a strong heritage of sprawling oil refineries,

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

Efficiency Improved in Molding Auto Parts


Problem: InteSeys Technologies, Inc, molds a wide range of parts for automotive applications as well as others.  InteSeys has been molding large, complex 100-pin connectors for a popular U.S.-made automobile for four years.  Before using a servo robot in this application, two operators were required to load six-

Molding Optically Clear Lenses for Cellular Phones


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

Case Palletizing at SICO-MULCO


  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

Automated Injection Molding Operation


Problem: Customer builds electronic components for the automotive industry. They had only 30 seconds to unload molded circuit plates from a four cavity mold, inspect each cavity to ensure that no debris was left behind, load a new insert into each cavity and inspect each insert for proper location

Auto Suppliers' Productivity Jumps 125% with Robotic System


Problem: Challenges that typically prompt manufacturers to automate one or more of their production processes include: aggressive production schedules, quality control issues, employee safety and flexibility, to name a few. These were all relevant issues for Hawthorne Metal Products (Royal Oak, Mich.), a tier one automotive stampings supplier.  Business

A Firm Grip -- Robots Transfer Vehicle Wheels to Chain Conveyor


The KUKA robots in use at Südrad, a manufacturer of steel disc wheels, not only have a "firm grip" on the wheels produced there; they have also mastered the art of transferring them to a circular conveyor moving at a variable velocity. The crucial requirements for implementation of this application

Small Part Deburring


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. 

Large Part Handling & Deburring


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

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