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Application: Material Removal & Cutting

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%

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

Impact Productivity Not The Product

POSTED: 12/31/2015

A common side effect of using air cylinder to performing high-speed diverting and sorting of all types of products, and heavy products at any speed is the of the decrease in productivity caused by the higher energy the air cylinder imparts on the product at the point of impact.  This

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

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

Taking It Off- Robotic Deburring

POSTED: 11/11/2013

The majority of finished manufactured parts require some type of material removal process such as deburring, polishing or some other type of surface preparation / finishing.  Robots have been increasingly implemented for these processes in almost every industry due to their advantages.  Robotic Material Removal Advantages Improves quality & consistency Eliminates manual applications,

Look to RIA for a Revitalized Robotics Industry

POSTED: 02/03/2010

There is no sugar coating the fact that the robotics industry suffered from the Great Recession but there are some bright spots. RIA’s Director of Market Analysis, Paul Kellett, presented detailed statistics during the Robotics Industry Forum and they show the industry has contracted. However, he also highlighted areas where

KUKA RoboCoaster is Sum of All Thrills at Disney’s Epcot

POSTED: 10/19/2009

Until recently, few people could boast they had strapped themselves to a robot and gone for a ride (although quite a few did this at 2005 International Robots & Vision Show when KUKA brought an early version of their RoboCoaster). Now you can go


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