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Industry : Automotive Component

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

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 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

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

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,

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

Vision Guided Robotics Advances

POSTED: 05/25/2015

Vision guided robotics – Technological advances that opened the door for vision guided robotics applications in factories  Vision guided robotics has been used in factories since the 1990’s, but the technological developments of the recent years allowed various new possibilities. Those enabling technological advances are: Fast increase of computing power Decrease cost of

Project Management Process

POSTED: 05/19/2015

With each automation project, Midwest Engineered Systems implements a project management process that walks through the steps for successful equipment integration.  The process describes the procedures that are taken to manage every element of the project.  In addition to providing a comprehensive set of project procedures, the project process gives

Plastics Processors Also Like Industrial Robots

POSTED: 04/29/2015

Industrial robots sales and orders are on an upward trend since the last recession. What is the situation in the plastics industry? The Robotics Industry Association (RIA) recently announced that 2014 was a record year for industrial robot orders, with an increase of 28% from 2013. The world statistics are not

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

Simple Solutions for Multi-carriage Tracks

POSTED: 01/12/2015

Kawasaki Robotics US recently turned to Güdel for a 21-meter-long, three-carriage TrackMotion TMF-4 for material handling in a body shop. Deploying more than one robot on a track poses special challenges for managing cables and carriages, but not for Güdel which has generations of experience solving these issues. E-chain management is

Automation for Surface Treating

POSTED: 03/11/2014

Surface treatment is used to clean, etch, and functionalize surfaces to improve adhesion to a wide variety of plastic and metal surfaces.   Midwest Engineering Systems partners with a local company for automated surface treating projects including: robotics for precise control of treatment patterns, material handling automation, and the design

Trending Industries in Robotic Material Handling

POSTED: 03/11/2014

Material handling is among the most popular applications in industrial robotics, with most automation systems including at least some aspects of this category. Robotic material handling systems improve production, quality, consistency, and flexibility while decreasing worker accidents, scrap, and floor space utilization. Robots are now being called upon to handle


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