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Industry : Robot Manufacturing

2015 Worldwide Robot Sales: New Record!

POSTED: 07/22/2016

Industrial robot sales increased by 12% in 2015 The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) recently released its latest statistics about the 2015 worldwide industrial robot sales. Overall, the sales increased by 12%

Robots, Jobs and Productivity in the Manufacturing Industry

POSTED: 07/05/2016

Industrial robotics is changing the U.S. manufacturing industry portrait The Association for Advancing Automation recently published a white paper discussing the impact of industrial robotics on productivity and employment in the manufacturing industry. We would like to share our thoughts about its main findings. Figure 1 below illustrates the evolution of robot shipments and employment

The 3 Biggest Challenges Facing the Supply Chain Industry

POSTED: 07/04/2016

For another year, MHI published its annual industry report that presents the major trends shaping the supply chain industry. We encourage anybody that has significant interest in this industry to read the report in its entirety. We went

How Using the Latest 3D Simulation Software for Vision Guided Robotic Applications Will Save You Time and Money

POSTED: 06/29/2016

Recent technological developments now make it possible to use 3D simulation software to test vision system algorithms. In a previous blog post , we described the various advantages of using 3D simulation to debug automated equipment

Eric the Robot – Foreshadowing The Inevitable Future of Humans and Robots Living Harmoniously

POSTED: 06/01/2016

By: Terri Hawker, Director Product Management Listening to NPR the other day, a story about Eric, one of the first UK robots designed in the late 1920s, it amazes how far we have come in the area of robotics. Back in 1928, a couple guys were able to create a robot that could

Made in China 2025: Midea's Takeover Offer of Kuka Gives Insight Into China's Future Industrial Innovation Policies

POSTED: 05/24/2016

By: Jeffrey Hibbard, CEO KINGSTAR Made in China 2025: A Look Inside China’s Latest Industrial Innovation Policy Last week, China-based home appliance maker Midea made a profound statement with its 4.57 billion euros ($5.17 billion) takeover offer for German industrial robot maker Kuka, one of the world's biggest 4 robot suppliers. Without context, it seems

The #1 Reference Book on Stress Analysis and Transducer Design Using Strain Gauges

POSTED: 02/24/2016

The classic, definitive work on strain gauge measurement The strain gauge has become an essential tool in stress analysis, part optimization, safety testing and technical investigative work. It is also a major component used in the manufacturing of measurement transducers. In this 250-page, richly-illustrated book, Karl Hoffmann describes, in plain language, the

Identify Potential Processes for Automation - Step 2 of the Practical Guide

POSTED: 12/01/2015

While there are many ways in which production processes can be automated, the best way to introduce automation into your SME is by starting small and simple, and build up your expertise as you go. Tasks that are

What Can Collaborative Robots Do? Step 1 of the Practical Guide

POSTED: 12/01/2015

The bottom line is that with collaborative robots, it is possible to do certain tasks that would have traditionally been done with an industrial robot, but with a smaller, less risky investment and greater flexibility. Being a new technology

3 Best Collaborative Robot Applications

POSTED: 11/05/2015

When bathing in a world where robots are a normal part of everyday life, I usually have a reality check when I am meeting customers or doing demos. The thing that I hear the most is: ''What can I do with this robot ?'' It is then that I realize that the

Sustainable Packaging: The Trends for Consumer Goods Manufacturers

POSTED: 08/21/2015

Sustainable packaging is more than a trend, it is now a must! In a recent market assessment realized by PMMI, the most common issue mentioned by respondents was sustainable packaging. Some state that any type of non-sustainable packaging material will become obsolete in 5 to 10 years. Today, brand identity is

Industrial Automation: Q&A with Alex Bonaire

POSTED: 06/19/2015

Automation is becoming more and more common in the manufacturing sector as companies begin to understand its many benefits. In an interview with Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Alex Bonaire, the Robot Product Manager at Mitsubishi Electric, provided IMPO with some expert insight into the evolving world of industrial automation. Maura Falk: Could

Checklist for Success With Linear Motion Automation Devices for Robot Tracks, Gantry Robots, Vertical Robot Lifts

POSTED: 05/27/2015

Right-size it : What is the right size for the loads and speeds of your application? Too much machine is a waste. Too small is worse. Güdel Applications Engineers are available to help you get it just right.  Reach study : In some cases a smaller robot on a

How to Measure Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)?

POSTED: 04/17/2015

The “Overall Equipment Effectiveness” (OEE): a simple but effective way to measure the performance of production equipment. There are many ways to measure and evaluate the productivity of equipment or a line. One of them is called the “Overall Equipment Effectiveness” (OEE). It considers the availability of the equipment, its performance

Robot Safety Awareness Webinar

POSTED: 08/30/2010

A new robot safety standard is set to take effect in 2011. Manufacturers have already started producing robots that are compliant. Users and integrators now must consider guidelines that are harmonized with ISO.  For more than a decade, OSHA has referred to the ANSI/RIA R15.06-1999 Robot Safety Standard but times


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