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Robotics Tech Papers

June 2015

Automatic Transfer Device Helps Nurses

POSTED: 06/29/2015

Nurses face the daily challenge of caring for an overweight population, which leads to debilitating injuries. A motorized lateral transfer device allows even the smallest nurse to move a heavy patient. One of

May 2015

Selecting the Right Motor Supply Cable

POSTED: 05/08/2015

Selecting any cable involves getting the right performance without overspecifying—and overpaying—for what you don’t need. For powering motors, the choice ranges from PVC/nylon-insulated wires in a conduit to precision VFD cables. The most obvious requirement is a cable that meets the power-handling requirements of the motor over the distances between

How to Pick the Right VFD Cable

POSTED: 05/08/2015

Variable-frequency drives (VFD) allow sophisticated control by AC motors by allowing their speed and torque to be precisely adjusted. Control is achieved by varying the frequency to the motor. It does not, however, send a pure sine-wave frequency to the motor. Rather it sends a series of pulses, whose width

IKO Maintenance Free Linear Guides C-Lube Technology Keeps Linear Motion Components Lubricated — So You Don’t Have To

POSTED: 05/07/2015

Walk through any plant that uses linear motion systems, and you can often see maintenance workers, grease gun in hand, applying lubrication to linear guides. And why shouldn’t they? Under-lubricated guides can wear excessively, which leads to performance problems and premature failure. These labor-intensive lubrication practices, however, do not come cheap.

Cycle Times for Trackmotion Robotic Cells

POSTED: 05/04/2015

CYCLE TIMES FOR TRACKMOTION ROBOTIC CELLS Placing a robot on a track greatly expands its reach envelope, potentially allowing it to tend many more machines or to transfer

April 2015

KINGSTAR Soft Motion Platform Release Notes

POSTED: 04/24/2015

Product Overview KINGSTAR products are designed for industrial machines requiring motion control and positioning systems. KINGSTAR’s all-software approach sets it apart from other machine control solutions. Using the EtherCAT standard; the power of Industrial PCs; and the Windows operating system, enhanced by hard real-time software that transforms Windows into a real-time

Design Guidelines for Pneumatic Grippers

by Design Guidelines for Pneumatic Grippers, Design Guidelines for Pneumatic Grippers

POSTED: 04/08/2015

When designing a robotic or automated assembly machine, applying a gripper correctly unit can make the difference in the reliability and productivity of the assembly machine system or robotic cell. Gripper calculations will vary depending on many factors such as, part acceleration, part weight, physical size, tooling length, tooling jaw

March 2015

High-Acceleration Servo Motors Create Cabling Challenges

by Lucas Kehl, Product Marketing

POSTED: 03/13/2015

In automated production machines, faster acceleration and deceleration of motion axes can lead to productivity gains. It’s no wonder that machine builders have started to adopt new low-inertia servo motors that offer maximum accelerations up to 5g, compared to less than 3g for conventional servo motors. The new motors can reach

Connectors Lower Wiring Costs

by Jack Gayara, Product Manager

POSTED: 03/10/2015

The assumption that hardwiring will minimize wire installation costs turns out to be wrong If you design or build industrial machines, you probably know all about hardwiring. It remains the most common way to bring power and signal to the

August 2014

Robotic Snake-arm Flies into Tight Spaces

POSTED: 08/15/2014

A robot as agile as a snake can explore almost any hidden nook and cranny. Problems often occur in confined and hazardous spaces, and whilst these spaces are difficult for humans to work in, a

May 2014

Robotic Laser Cladding

POSTED: 05/27/2014

Additive Manufacturing using Additivie Shaping Advancements in laser technology over the past decade have been improving at an exciting rate. Companies interested in traditional welding have been adopting the technology and are leading the movement towards laser welding additive manufacturing processes. Of particular interest is the integration

What is the Genuine Added Value From an Ejector with Integrated Controls in a Suction Cup Handling System?

by Josef Karbassi, Vice President Automation Division

POSTED: 05/05/2014

Introduction Air-driven ejectors are gaining pace as the vacuum source for suction cup handling equipment on robots and special purpose machines (ex: case/carton erectors, de-stackers, unloading equipment, etc.). It is an ongoing trend in many different industries, such as packaging, electronics, automotive, glass and plastics. The advantages over traditional blowers

Five Steps Towards More Picks Per Minute

by Josef Karbassi, Vice President Automation Division

POSTED: 05/01/2014

Vacuum-based systems for materials handling are used in many different industries, and regardless of whether a system is used to pick up cartons of food or consumer products, large metal sheets or tiny electronics components, the speed at which that system is working will impact the production rate. A more

Five Steps Towards Using Less Energy Per Pick

by Josef Karbassi, Vice President Automation Division

POSTED: 05/01/2014

In a world where most electrical power is produced in power plants fuelled by gas, oil and coal, and where the carbon dioxide (CO2) released from these fossil fuels is considered a major environmental threat, manufacturers need to focus on reducing their energy consumption. Increasingly strict legislation intended to reduce

March 2014

Model making: A dwarf-sized Caterpillar.

by Anja Schütz

POSTED: 03/04/2014

maxon drives also play an important role in model making – for example, many locomotives run their rounds powered by maxon motors. But even crazier things can be found in the world of model making: like the bright yellow Cat track


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