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Industry : Arc Welding

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 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,

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

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

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

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

Automated Packaging Revolution

POSTED: 03/11/2014

In the realm of stiff competition, manufactures and wholesalers must find new ways to achieve a competitive advantage. The benefits of automation are apparent in the packaging industry, allowing for timely and accurate delivery of products, while keeping costs within budget. Today’s solutions are engineered and designed for your specific

Random Robotic Bin Picking

POSTED: 01/09/2014

Robotic bin picking locates and picks randomly piled parts from a storage bin, using a vision system, robots can verify the correct gripping position to pick the parts out of the bin and move them to

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,

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

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

Fronius USA, LLC Flourishing Right Here in Michigan

POSTED: 12/23/2009

With the downturn of the economy and the unemployment rate leading the nation at 14.7% in Michigan, it would seem as though no companies are pulling through this year. Many companies are shutting down their facilities and others are laying staff off just to be able to keep their doors

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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