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Industry : Automotive

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

‘The DENSO Difference’: Small Assembly Robots, Unbeatable Value

POSTED: 11/03/2015

New Brochure Highlights the Win-Win Economics of DENSO Robots LONG BEACH, Calif. — DENSO Robotics, a global supplier of advanced robotic technology, knows firsthand what customers want in their assembly robots. Speed, accuracy, ease of operation, high reliability, low maintenance, durability and energy efficiency are all part what makes “The DENSO

8 Ways SMAC's Revolutionary SOFT-LAND is a Game Changer

POSTED: 10/22/2015

“Soft-land” is the ability to softly land on a surface with a Moving Coil Actuator shaft and virtually instantly (in milliseconds) recognize that contact has been made and at what distance.  The “Soft-Land” is a patented unique routine which allows the actuator rod or gripper jaw to land on the

Robotics and Automation

POSTED: 10/07/2015

Compact, powerful Air Turbine Motors® in robotic applications with governed direct drive accelerate production while reducing repair costs and vibration. Air Turbine Motors® 50,000 RPM, 722MX, cuts 5 times deeper than a vane motor in the same application on a lathe test. Just 90PSI/6.2Bar compressed air required. Air Turbine Motors® feature: Higher

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

The Truth Behind ROI in Automation

POSTED: 06/30/2015

There is no doubt that industrial automation has become more commonly used by manufacturing organizations in recent years, as it has helped increase profitability among companies.  Although organizations can benefit from automated systems, how do you know if automating your process will be the right investment?  Before making a decision,

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

Vision Guided Robotics Advances - Hardware

POSTED: 06/02/2015

Vision guided robotics – Technological advances that opened the door for vision guided robotics applications in factories – part 2 In part 1 published earlier, we illustrated the advances of vision guided robotics with the evolution of processing time and the development of algorithms and software for vision guided robotics applications.

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


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