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Robotic Resources

Industry Insights

Application: Material Removal & Cutting

Robots on the Grindstone: Material Removal Robotics

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 08/06/2008

In an era of historically high prices for metals and energy, manufacturers are feeling the pinch. To ease the effect of increasing costs of these products, industry is taking a close look at ways of keeping energy and material expenses in line. Investing in robotics for material removal can be

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

Robo Removal: Parts Finishing is Big Business for Robots

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 08/17/2007

In fabricating just about any item, from children’s toys to aerospace turbine blades, inevitably a need will arise for some type of parts finishing. Whether it is degating a tiny injected plastic part or precisely grinding a large and heavy component for an aircraft, industrial robots are becoming, for many,

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

Chemical and Hazardous Material Handling Robotics

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 01/18/2007

Among the many justifications for using robotics, the most important is to shield people from working in dangerous environments and from handling hazardous materials. From dealing with chemicals that are explosive to handling radioactive substances, robots are routinely used to perform tasks that would kill or maim people.  Robots are

Robots: The Lower Cost, More Flexible Process Improvement Alternative to CNC Machine Tools

by Greg Webb, Manager Software R&D, and Mary Kay Morel, Staff Editor/Writer

POSTED: 09/19/2005

Robots are poised to take away a significant portion of the CNC machine tool market.  Emerging technology is making it possible for robot systems to perform many diverse manufacturing processes -- such as complex cutting and material removal, grinding, mold creation, surface finishing, and drilling and tapping applications -- that

What Material Removal Process is Right for You?

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 05/16/2005

When manufacturing many automotive and non-automotive parts there is usually a need for a material removal operation. Wise manufacturing engineers will choose robotics as a means of performing material removal. With several types of robotic material removal processes available, integrators have a choice of waterjet

Robotic Grinding For Metal Cabinets

by Mary Kay Morel, Staff Writer/Editor

POSTED: 05/03/2002

Reprinted with permission from Robotics World Magazine Manually grinding welds is tough, dirty and noisy work, and the metal dust produced by grinding is harmful to workers' eyes and lungs. When Special Products & Manufacturing Inc. (SPM) in Rockwall, Texas, needed

Take It Off: Robotic Material Removal Applications

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 05/02/2002

In many robotic manufacturing processes, there is a need for some form of material removal operation, whether that is grinding, sanding, deburring or polishing. 'Robotic technology has relatively low risk,' says Lester Godwin, vice president of the Dallas, TX based Pushcorp, a maker of force control devices for robotic material removal

How Robots Will Affect Future Generations

by Brian Huse, Director, Marketing & Public Relations

POSTED: 12/13/2001

What does the future hold for robot applications? How will robots affect society in five years; 10 years; 20? These are typical questions received by Robotic Industries Association. Following is a look forward based on a correspondence I recently sent to a student to address in a small way a

Robots For Material Removal Maintain Their Cutting Edge

by James F. Manji, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 10/16/2000

Robots used for laser or weld cutting of materials ranging from plastics, titanium, steel, aluminum, silver and gold, and even wood are seeing some of the most sophisticated advancements ever. In the forefront of these advances are Off-Line Programming (OLP) and Cloning of robotic workcells used in laser cutting of


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