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Hello, Could anybody tell me the which market/industry makes up for most of Fanuc's business? I.e. which industry is responsible for most of its orders?

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I'm searching for a used robot distributor in North America, but having some difficulty finding sellers of models such as ABB and Kuka industrial manipulators. So far I have submitted a few Requests For Quotes, but these have mostly been responded to by European and Chinese sellers. Can you possibly tell me what avenue is recommended to receive quotes for industrial robots?

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I would like to enquire if there are any design standards and safety standards for construction robotics or are being developed.

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I have a robot which will perform welding on a metal part. Parts are loaded by hand onto a carousel which then shuttles the part into the robot operating area and places a solid steel partition between the robot and loader. It is in an enclosure that it accessed for routine maintenance and setup (i.e. changing weld tips or wire) by an interlocked door permitting someone to enter the enclosure to perform these functions. The interlock stops all hazardous movement when the door is opened. The enclosure is not overly large but large enough that someone could stand inside and have the door closed behind them. Is there are requirement that personnel must be detected in this space to prevent the door being closed behind them? If so, can you please provide a reference to this in the standard? Does it make a difference is one can see someone inside (even if it is only from the sides of the enclosure)?

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I have a OTC DR Robot with a CPVAS 350 power supply. When I start the robot it comes in and starts welding but it just sits there and will not move unless you turn the weld off. Then it will finish the program with out welding. I was thinking maybe the interface cable? any other ideas?

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which one is the best robot arm to pick and place the paper sheets in printing industry?

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In order to become a robotics-arm programmer is it necessary to take a course offered by a specific robotics-arm brand (for exmaple, KUKA, ABB, Mitsubishi)? Or is there another way I can learn? Thanks!

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Traditionally machine tending has been performed either manually or through some traditional PLC system. But, as I know, both these approaches have their limitations. Can machine tending be completely automated without any manual intervention? If so, is there some solution already available in market? Is there a need for such solution? What kind of demand can we project for such solution?

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I am a safety specialist and I am trying to find any recommendations/requirements related to a robot brake test and the periodicity of such a check? I know the new KUKA robots come with an installed brake test. I write safety specifications and I am just trying to set some criteria. I would like to do more than just say "comply with the manufacturer's requirements for periiodic brake tests" if possible. Any thoughts or help would be appreciated.

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It is permissable to guard a robot using only a laser scanner to detect operator approach and stop movement or is a barrier (such as a fence) required?

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What are the high impact pain points currently on automotive manufacturing factory floors? And which of these can be addressed by robotic automation? Do you think these have high replicability across the industry?

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Hello, I seem to remember there being an 18 inch requirement in the RIA 15,06 standard between the robot envelope and the cage, but I cannot find it in the 2012 standard. Is this located somewhere else, or am I mistaken. Thank you

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Sir or Madam, In using the ANSI/RIA R15.06-2012 to maintain compliance I am constantly running into references to other documents. There is no explanation of the standard just a general "shall be consistent with or meet the requirements of (fill in the blank other standard). In each case, these documents are available at a significant cost. What is the purpose of assembling an all-inclusive guideline for robot integrators if all it does is point me to other documents. Very frustrating.

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I'm trying to determine if I need to have a safety rated dump valve or just a regular dump valve for an application. The dump valve is used on a shuttle table. This shuttle table is loaded by the operator, the operator pushes a button, and the table enters the cell at which point the robot unloads the table. The table is enclosed by guarding and a light curtain, so the operator is protected by pinch points. However, when the integrator/tech is teaching the robot in the cell, there may be a scenario where injury could occur. What's your thoughts? Thank you!!

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I am looking for several spray booth integrators to design, build , and install a automated high volume spray booth. I need several integrators so I can get different opinions and quotes. I will be spraying Teflon on baking pans using a monorail system. Thank you David Bundy

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We have an OTC power supply welbee 500 with a Fanuc arm. We are not able to adjust the burn back to allow adequate wire at the contact tip to prevent blowing tips. We are working with 4043 x.047 wire. We welcome any advice.

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I am looking for a manufacturer/supplier that sells tool cribs for robot End Of Arm Tools (EOATs). I am looking to acquire 2 identical cribs that will each hold 1 EOAT, and can be mounted on a plate which is then mounted to a table-top. Any suggestions or recommendations on where I would be able to purchase or search for such a tool crib?

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I have a robot cell with a large steel structure inside of it. The robot's workspace is inside of this structure. Access to one side of the structure is needed very rarely (maybe once a year) for maintenance on different parts of the structure. We have put "drop-n-lock" style fencing (requires a tool to lock and unlock the panels) with no movable panels (gates, etc..) on this side. Access to this area is only possible if fence panel(s) are removed. If maintenance/repair is needed, the operator will need to remove a panel (using a tool) to gain access. Is the fact that a tool is needed to do this sufficient? or do the panels that are deemed "removable" for maintenance need to be interlocked?

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I am working on safety for input conveyor where operator will feed parts and it will index one position at a time. Position where robot picks the part is inside the fence and I do have light curtain on loading side of conveyor at appropriate distance from robot (1.5 m) gripper but not so far from loading point (500mm). But there are some pinch point at loading side. So will operator process start button with combination of that light curtain would be considered safe enough? That operator run bar has process start confirmation, ESTOP and reset.

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I am currently carrying out an school assignment at a production company. Products that they make are currently assembled manually. The company supplies many different variants of a product. I have to say which product is eligible for automatic assembly and why. This I did based on production volume and the difficulty of the assembly operations. Are there any other factors that I have to take into account?

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