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We have a Kuka KR3 R540 robot that is being integrated into an existing system for vision inspection. The mounting location for the robot is in a tight area between a table and the lexan guarding. With this is being integrated into a portion of a system that was built by a different integrator, would we need to ensure the entire line is meets RIA standards prior to installing this robot or just the station it is being integrated into? Thank you.

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Hello, I am looking for Industry experts / consults who have strong expertise in End-of-Arm Tooling (EOAT) and Automation industry. Ideally, the consults have both strategy and technical background. Thank you.

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I have a customer using Panasonic robots with Lincoln power supplies experiencing random shielding gas shortages. We have checked the gas hoses, replaced electronic boards, replaced solonoids, and have a gas tracker on the gas line. The problem may last 1 to 4 welds at random times. When they experience this, they restart the program and it works fine. It happens 1 to 14 times per day at random times with random weld positions. We have asked Lincoln as well as Panasonic and neither have a fix. I thought it may be a positional issue but the hose never seems to be pinched or cut off. Have you experienced this issue before?

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We are working on a small 6-axis robot (7kg rated) application that has the safety enclosure much smaller than the robot reach. Hard stops on the axis points are not feasible for the required motion and the safety rated (Cat3, PLd) planes that can be programmed inside the enclosure are also not feasible due to safe distance calculations for "overshoot." We believe that our only option is to build an enclosure that is strong enough to contain the worst case inertia of the robot and payload, which would be coasting into the enclosure after crossing the safety plane. We can do the math to determine the inertia and can develop a simulated impact test on enclosure parts, but we don't know if there are any specific requirements, test methods, pass/fail criteria, documentation, etc. that we should be following. Is guard strength testing the correct solution for our application and is there any industry guidance on conducting this guard validation?

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I'ma student and working on Staubli TX40, to detect and grab using a camera mounted on it so, I want to know, how can I link the Staubli with my C program to run according to that.

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During an alternate LOTO procedure, where a Auto tech places the robot cell in maintenance mode (in order to work on it and power is needed), and then enters a multi robot cell, with multiple robots with his working envelope, what is the best scenario to have total and exclusive control of these numerous robot without be able to carry numerous teach pendants. I spoke to a MIOSHA rep and suggested that we create a very detailed risk assessment for this very specific alternate LOTO procedure The practicality is, how can an Auto tech carry 6 teach pendants with him while working on one or two robots? and still have total and exclusive control of the robots in his working envelope?

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My Name is Brian Jencks. I tutor students now in high school and get the question: “what should I do? And how should I do it?” I believe there is a future in robots that perform in hostile environments (collapsed buildings, nuclear waste sites, ocean depths, bomb threats, avalanches, outer space, burning buildings …). I can not find information on educational paths for such careers. Standard rap for engineers sure—but are there any specialized programs? (I am not asking about industrial robots—that ship has sailed.)

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Is there a standard or best management practice or Checklist (preferred) to audit our Safety PLC controls to determine they are good during a risk assessment?

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What woul make the light curtin not work

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I am a member of the Bridgton Lake Region Rotary Club; we do work in LaRomana Dominican Republic. We would like to begin a program to have drones bring medication and other small items to the remote villages. Is there a contact to help me E-mail dickenright@yahoo.com phone 207-653-8141

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Hello There ! I have a deburring application for an Aluminum - transmission case . Need your suggestion on the following two main points :- 1) how to select a tool for this application. How tool wear and variation in flashes / burrs in Die casting input parts be taken care. If that is to be controlled thru robot programming or the tool thru some auto compensation feature. 2. Which option is better :- a) Component on the robot and Deburring tool fixed. b) Deburring tool on robot and part clamped on a jig/fixture. Kindly share pros and cons of both configurations mentioned in a) and b) This will help me great deal to reach a final decision. the robot here is Fanuc M-710iC / 70 Do you supply and support in Indian Market for integration and commissioning . waiting for your reply. Thank you in advance. Regards, Amit Balyan

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When training a new robot tech, we have 2 employees inside the work area. One has the pendant, in teach mode and the other is around them learning. My question is,"Does the other employee need a deadman switch?" Same thing with Maintenance personnel, "Do we need a deadman for each one in the cell?"

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I am looking into risk assessment software? Is there software that does this and the circuit validation and verification with it?

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We need to upgrade some ABB robotic palletizers because they are near end-of-life & parts are difficult to find. If we install new robots,what safety features are required for existing work cells (that were installed in 1991)? We want to minimize the investment for fencing, conveyors, gates, etc. Q- if we replace robots, do we have to modify the 1991 safety enclosure / work cell?

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Is there a gripper that can grab a 10 inch OD aluminum tube?

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How to determine fence height requirements for Fanuc 2000IC_210F Robot cell?

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Hi. We are a robot integrator and also we design the robot cells(mechanical/guarding and electrical/safety circuits). I understand how to do the risk assessment part, but I'm confused about the checklists Part 1: Annex F and Part 2:Annex G of ANSI-RIA R15.06. We once hired a professional safety assessment firm on our behalf, and they only completed Part 1:Annex F. But we are now going to do our own assessments, and I feel as though we should be doing both. Any suggestions from another integrator/OEM? Do you fill out one of them or both? Thanks in advance.

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Hi. I'm making a template for my company to use when we are performing our risk assessments as we are new to RIA. We are a robot integrator and also we design the robot cells(mechanical and electrical). I understand the risk assessment part, but I'm confused about the checklists Part 1: Annex F and Part 2:Annex G. We once hired a professional safety assessment firm on our behalf, and they only completed Part 1:Annex F. But we are now going to do our own assessments, and I feel as though we should be doing both. Any suggestions from another integrator/OEM? Do you fill out one of them or both? Thanks in advance.

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Hello, I'm working in cell flexible solution for welding of sheet metal parts (MIG). With many parts we can use holes and pins in the welding table for positioning and clamping, but there are some appearance (external) parts where holes are not permitted, we had thought about the use of vacuum suction or magnetic solutions in the base of the welding table in order to position and hold the parts, but then we are concerned about the accuracy assurance. Mechanical fixtures devices/solutions are not very viable because some metal parts are very thin or large and tend to bend easily, besides specific devices for every product have to be designed and we are aiming for a more flexible solution. Is there a specific solution that we can use for this application? All possible ideas are welcome.

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I'm currently 2 semesters away from getting my certificate in Robotics and Automation, and am curious as to what are the best first steps to take in starting my career? The interview and hiring process, and any advice that you can give to someone looking for entry level at my current experience level, which is still actively studying, but no experience in the industry.

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