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October 2009

Fronius Cold Metal Transfer - A Welding System For the Most Demanding Applications

POSTED: 10/07/2009

Fronius ushered in a new era in automated and robot-assisted GMAW (gas metal arc welding) technology with the introduction of the CMT (Cold Metal Transfer) process. Since then the innovative process, with its revolutionary reversing wire-feed unit, has been winning new applications, year after year, in the most varied sectors

April 2009

Reducing Carbon Footprint with the Right Vacuum System

by Josef Karbassi, PIAB Global Manager Automotive

POSTED: 04/29/2009

Introduction Today, carbon dioxide (CO2) is considered to be the largest environmental threat to our world by most researchers. Heightened levels of carbon dioxidein the atmosphere lead to global warming, which in the long run can jeopardize our future on this planet.

Cost Savings, Reduced Risk and the Safe System Approach for Packaging

by Jason Ayers

POSTED: 04/08/2009

Today’s packaging machines are extremely complex and contain several fast moving components that create hazardous conditions for machine operators. With this in mind, we in the engineering community must design and build these systems with safety as our primary goal. Safety, however, can be an extremely

March 2009

Automating a Confectionery Packaging machine

POSTED: 03/31/2009

Quick, but gentle   Chocolate products place heavy demands on packaging machine manufacturers. Speed and flexibility need to be combined with gentle handling. The Italian

July 2008

Advances in Robotic Finishing

by Mary Kay Morel, Staff Writer/Editor

POSTED: 07/23/2008

Manufacturers looking to improve painting operations for parts of all sizes and shapes are turning to advanced robotic technology to increase finishing quality, consistency and throughput, while dramatically lowering operating costs and decreasing wasted material and hazardous environments for human workers.  Easy to install and program, robots are fast, reliable

Safety and Open, Real-time Industrial Ethernet Achievable With SafetyNET p

POSTED: 07/07/2008

Today, Ethernet is the worldwide standard in office communication. Not only is it used to network PCs and peripheral devices within the office, but also for communications between distributed servers or for the Internet and intranets. Annual growth for the use of Ethernet-compatible devices has been in double figures for

July 2003

New Coordination Algorithms Improve the Throughput of a GM Press Line

POSTED: 07/01/2003

Introduction: Previous research [1, 2] had confirmed our ability to control motion with

February 2000

Survey of Robotic Seam Tracking Systems for Arc Welding

by Mark Scherler

POSTED: 02/24/2000

One of the main process problems of robotic arc welding is the consistency which needs to be maintained while making part after part. A quality weld can only be achieved if the weld seam of each part moves less than the diameter of the weld wire from the programmed weld

December 1999

Robotic Welding Basics

POSTED: 12/01/1999

What welding tasks are suitable for automation? The short answer is repetitive tasks on similar pieces. Obviously, the number of items of any one type to be welded must be continually high enough to justify automating the process. If the joints to be welded on a workpiece are few, straight, and

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Reducing Cycle Time and Increasing Throughput in Robotic Material Handling Applications

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Introduction Advantages of using robots in material handling applications include speed, payload capacity and consistent productivity. Increases in throughput are typically necessary to keep pace with production demands without installing additional robot cells. The techniques presented here will enable you to attain higher productivity from a given amount of floorspace

How to Remove the Return Motion in Robotic Path Planning

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  Abstract A novel closed loop track based multi-head robot has been developed to increase material handing throughput. This robot allows for waves of autonomous robot heads to move materials in the working path by eliminating the traditional return path. This is advantageous for the singulation of product from bulk, for


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