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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

3 Things to Do Before Operating Your New Automated Equipment

POSTED: 02/18/2016

Before turning the main switch You’ve made an informed decision about robotizing your operations and you finally just installed your new automated equipment. You’re getting impatient to turn the main switch “on” to benefit from the enhanced productivity that it will give you. Before doing that, we recommend a few

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

Should CPG Companies Invest in E-commerce?

POSTED: 09/02/2015

What are the advantages and challenges for CPG companies who invest in e-commerce? For consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies, direct selling through the Web represents a great opportunity. It allows them to build a unique relationship with end-users and offer an additional point of sale by tapping into e-commerce’s growing popularity. But

Folding Carton Manufacturers New Challenges

POSTED: 07/14/2015

Upcoming challenges for folding carton manufacturers and the need to invest in technologies Even if the folding carton packaging is known as a mature industry (see our previous blog post), producers still have growth opportunities to tackle. As food and beverage

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

Small Fragile Electronic Component Assembly - Challenges and Solutions

POSTED: 04/21/2015

The smallest SMD components are shrinking in size, currently 0.2 x 0.4 mm (type 01005). The solder area’s on these components is 0.07 x 0.2 mm. The interspacing between components needs to be as small as possible in order to maximize the component density. A distance between components of 0.05

Don’t be Alarmed – It’s Just a Robot I’m Talking From

POSTED: 08/26/2010

When a security alarm goes off in a deserted office building at night and a robot meets first responders at the door to see what happened does it mean we’ve entered the age of the Jetsons? What if that robot gives its owner the ability to

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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