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Industry Insights

Peripherals: Machine Vision

Mixing it up: Trends in Packaging and Palletizing Robotics

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 07/23/2008

The accelerating adoption of robotics has been among the most important trends in packaging and palletizing in recent years. With the speeds and flexibility that robotics offer, this trend will continue. “Packaging and palletizing robotic applications are a growing industry. Just about everyone palletizes or packages their product,” says Kawasaki’s Bob

Strong, Consistent Robotic Welds Stand Up to Automotive Seat Tests

POSTED: 04/18/2008

Did you ever stop to think about all the safety considerations involved when you adjust a car seat for

Briggs & Stratton Introduces Automated Welding with ABB Robotic Docking System

POSTED: 04/18/2008

In 1996, the Specialty Products Division of Briggs & Stratton, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, expanded its services after 15 years

Press and Machine Tending Robotics

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 03/18/2008

Manual press and machine tending applications are among the least desired jobs in industrial labor due to the danger, repetition and nasty environment. When manufacturers manage to find people willing to perform these jobs, retaining them is another major challenge. Robotics have proven to be an ideal means for

Robots Sort Blood Specimens: Help American Red Cross Improve Productivity and Traceability . . . A Robot Case Study

by Mary Kay Morel, Staff Writer/Editor

POSTED: 12/03/2007

  In addition to being an international humanitarian organization, the American Red Cross is the biggest single blood collecting agency in the United States.  Operating as a non-profit organization, the Red Cross supplies blood and blood products to approximately 3,000 hospitals daily.  They now use advanced robotic automation linked directly

Is the Wood Industry Ready for Robotics?

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 11/14/2007

 When thinking of the role of robotics in manufacturing, working with wood-based products is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. However, as robots become less expensive and more powerful, end-users, system integrators and robot manufacturers are taking a closer look at deploying robots in the wood

Hybrid Sensors in Robotics

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 07/19/2007

Robotic hybrid sensors, those sensors that have multiple types of detection systems, are not part of the mainstream in flexible automation. However, the use of hybrids, while small, is on the rise. More and more end-users of robotics believe hybrid sensors have a role in manufacturing. Hybrid sensors are

Robotics in Composite Applications

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 07/05/2007

  Composites and robotics are practically made for each other. Because composites have such a wide variation among them from part to part, flexible industrial robotics is well matched for applying composites in the aerospace sector and for general industry. Using robotics for applying composites is an idea whose

Lights, Cameras, Robots, Action: Advances in Robotic Vision

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 05/21/2007

Next month’s International Robots & Vision Show and Conference is the perfect venue to explore the advances and changes in robotics, vision, and motion control…the keys to global success. With some 170 exhibitors demonstrating real-world products, plus continuously running new technology and product presentations, and an Emerging Robotics Pavilion, this

Debate Continues on Fieldability of Visual Servoing. . . .by Winn Hardin, Contributing Editor, Courtesy AIA's Machine Vision Online

by Winn Hardin, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 03/02/2007

Visual servoing sparks as much debate among technologists as it does among end users, as was illustrated at a recent panel discussion on the topic at AIA's recent Vision & Robots for Automotive Manufacturing Workshop. Visual servoing is hard to do, so why would we like to do

Robotic Press Loading Made Easy – Using Vision to Identify Blank Orientation

by Peter Stephen, Program Manager for Stamping and Sheet Metal

POSTED: 09/01/2005

You know the expression: ‘‘A picture is worth a thousand words.’‘ How about a new one: ‘‘Vision systems have saved me thousands of dollars.’‘ Yes, thousands of dollars can be saved with the use of a tried and true press loading package that encompasses

Machine-Vision Inspection

by Brian Kreifels, Industrial Engineer, IBM

POSTED: 11/14/2004

Reprinted by permission from Robotics World Magazine IBM Corp. recently installed a new quality assurance system, using machine-vision hardware and software that not only detects and removes nonconforming parts, but also provided a return on investment just over a month after

Machine Vision and Industrial Robots: A Powerful Team

POSTED: 10/05/2004

Reprinted by Permission from Robotics World Magazine While robotic assembly applications have increased in both number and complexity over the years, a large number of applications have been passed over due to technology. When smart camera machine vision teams with industrial robots,

The Eyes Have It: Robotic Vision and Guidance

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 10/04/2004

Manufacturing Athletic Shoes in the USA

by remarks by Herb Spivak, Executive Vice President of Operations, New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc.

POSTED: 11/12/2003

New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc., provides insight into the use of robotics technology in the production of footwear. Following is an excerpt from their presentation at the 2004 Robotics Industry Forum: We (New Balance) stitch our uppers on computer controlled vision stitching machines where a camera controls the sewing head of


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