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What are the 10 largest manufacturers, 10 largest sellers and 10 largest users of industrial robotics? Any information would help. Thanks,

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Hello, I've got an idea that I have and I wanted to know the extension of it. I had this thought that it could be made a kind of an autonomous pallet transported. For example, in the supermarket instead of using the manual or the electrical pallet truck, it would be a robotic machine that could haul the products pallet during the night. Could you explain if its possible, or where at least you recommend to look? Best Regards, Bruno Gonçalves

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We have a supplier that is designing a robot cell within a shipping container and have a few design considerations for safety that we are working through. Their planned procedure for keeping someone from being in the shipping container when the robot welding system activates is the following: a Pre-reset button for each door. The operator must therefore perform the following actions for reset: 1: Press pre-reset button in the container 2: Close the door 3: Press outside the reset button We are not sure if this meets the ANSI R15.06-2012 requirement under 5.8.3 "If it is possible to remain in the safeguarded area when the moveable guard is closed, additional measures shall be used to prevent restart. These include restart interlock, presence sending, or facilities for locking the guard open." Any thoughts on whether this would be considered sufficient to meet this standard? If not, what method is most commonly used?

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Hi - I am an EHS Manager and I am doing a review prior to procurement of an autonomous ground vehicle to be utilized in the construction field.. Two questions - In terms of required accessories as a means to procurement we are requiring purchase of safety-rated Lidar system and wireless e-stop. 1) Is a wireless emergency stop considered to be safety-rated? I have researched that the laser scanners are. 2) Is there another standard that I should be referencing for review?

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ANSI/RIA R15.06-2012, Part 1, 5.9.2 requires an indication, clearly visible from within the safeguarded space, of those robot(s) that have been activated shall be provided. How is this normally accomplished?

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I am currently a senior at Georgia Tech in Industrial and Systems Engineering. I will be pursuing a career in robotics (primarily in industrial robotics) upon graduation (currently planned on 2018). I have worked at KUKA Robotics at both Mercedes and Tesla over the summer (internship). My current degree program has NOTHING to do with robotics WHATSOEVER. I have received 5+ job offers from several companies with yearly pay ranging from $70,000-$100,000, and I have had to turn them all down because I am in school. Do you think it is worth continuing with this degree program or pursuing specialized trainings in industrial robotics like FANUC, KUKA, Siemens PLCs, etc. and taking one of these jobs? Would not having a degree keep you from rising into management?

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I'm looking for solutions for presence sensing that can be mounted from above. My first thought was some sort of 2D image recognition that could compare the current image to the "safe" image. We can paint the floor if contrast is required. The only product I could find that was similar to what I was looking for is the Pilz SafetyEYE. We don't need three dimensional monitoring, and the the zone it is looking at is probably too small. We would normally use laser scanners for this, but there are not any good locations to mount them on the floor. All help is appreciated.

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I am working through a risk assessment and I'm trying to reconcile a situation where where a forge tending robot may hit somebody working within the die space of the press. This would be a hazard during die change, servicing the tool, prep, etc... I've identified this to be a medium risk. The obvious solution is to require that the robot be locked out during these activities but that seems like it would fall under the categories of Admin. Controls and/or Complementary Protective Measures which means they are not good enough for a medium risk. Any advice on this or perspective would be greatly appreciated.

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Can Presence Sensing Device Initiation (PSDI) be used in the US? Not a Mechanical Power Press.

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We are migrating from the R1506-1999 standard to the R1506-2012 format. So several questions. 1. Can we continue to use the R1506-1999 standard if we choose to do so? 2. With the R1506-2012 standard, do we need to attempt to gain a “negligible” status, or is “low” suffice? Or is that for us to define? 3. Can we apply the term “prevented” or “effectively mitigated by design” to physical barriers, someone can overcome, defeat or remove them if they really want. Even if they are at the defined standard of 55". Thanks. Your review and feedback is appreciated.

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Hi, I am a manufacturing engineer with a lighting company and we are interested to purchase an arc-welding cell/robot. This is the first time we are exploring robotics. I know choosing the right integrator is very important in the process. I was wondering if you can tell me who are the three top integrators in the arc-welding world? I appreciate your help.

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I am interested in gaining more experience with programming and integrating industrial robots and I want to apply in the future at Tesla as a Robotics Engineer. How can I gain more skills with programming robots like Fanuc and KUKA to make myself more competitive? Please keep in mind I did work for KUKA Robotics at Mercedes and Tesla over the summer, but I didn't get a whole lot of experience with programming and once I get out of school I would like to apply to work at Tesla.

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Our Company is a third party logistics service provider which provides end-to-end warehouse and distribution processes that helps to optimize the supply chain and the other division of our company is into planning, investing, designing and construction of warehouses for Built to Suit and third party customers. In order to be more efficient and productive in warehouse operations, our company has decided to do a study on the profitability of Autonomous Mobile Robots vs. other automation systems. I am currently doing a feasibility assessment and cost benefit analysis of Autonomous Mobile Robots on how it would improve productivity and reduce non-value added activities. Our company is interested in investing in couple of robots to optimize the operations as well as it could pave way for new customers in the future. 1. What is that we have to take into account before deciding to implement robots in the warehouse? 2. What kind of infrastructure is necessary for the robots to traverse around the warehouse (in terms of warehouse design, hardware and software)? 3. How many staffs can a robot replace?

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Hello. I am a sophomore in college majoring in Mechatronics Engineering. I was wondering what advice do you have to someone like me who wants to get experience in this field, specifically in robotics. Are there any type of certifications I can work on that will distinguish me between my classmates? My main focus is in animatronics, but I lack the skill, experience, and knowledge of anything in robotics. Are there any types of events I can attend or programs I can look into that will help me in my path, besides going to college? Thank you so much.

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What impact does robotics have on our current society and future developments and innovations?

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According to RIA 15.06-2012, Part 1, Section 5.13, the manufacturer is required to design the robot so the "axes are capable of being moved without the use of drive power in emergency or abnormal situations". Some manufacturers elected to make this feature as a purchase option. Who is responsible to ensure that this feature is available to the operators? The robot manufacturer? ...the Integrator? ...or the end user/purchaser?

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Have a manual load station in body shop, loading area is inside a safeguarded area protected by vertical and horizontal light screens as well as internal fencing preventing the operator from entering the actual robot area from this space. The opening for part loading into a fixture is minimized on the sides to the part size but it is open above due to the size of the part and ergo reasons to allow the operator to load. The fencing just in front of the 1m wide loading area is only 1.2m high (not the minimum 1.4m) due to ergo reasons, while the fence on either side is ~2.5m tall. We do not have a reach over/under/through hazard as the robot is a Safe Robot and interlocked through our safety PLC to prevent entry while an operator is loading. Question is, does this area need to be protected to prevent someone from climbing or clambering over this 1.2m fence? There is nothing on the operator side which acts as a step, we do have a full lock/tag/test program in place and have fully integrated gates and safety systems installed (latest Euchner MGB system). I could not find anything in the standard or questions which talks about this type of entry.

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What companies have products that can dimension a part with a beam of light to determine diameters of circles?

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The following is a series of questions pertaining to safety interlock switches for operator entry gates. We also try to provide an internal release, point of lockout on the actuator handle, solenoid lock to prevent the operator from entry before all hazardous motion has stopped, etc. Recently a customer requested the use of a specified safety interlock switch that did not provide an internal release or point of lockout. If a safety interlock switch for an operator entry gate is power to unlock does it require an internal release? Is an internal release always required on a safety interlock switch for operator entry gates? Do I have other options if the customer is requesting we don't include an internal release for the safety interlock unit? Is the use of trapped keys for operator entry enough to prevent an operator from being trapped inside of the robot cell or would that safety interlock still require an internal release?

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I would like to install a collaborative robot in my facility. I need to safeguard the floor around the robot and plan to use 4 safety area scanners. I plan to use three zones (a machine slow zone via the warning zone, a collaborative zone with one set of OSSDs, and a stop zone with another set of OSSDs. Is this an acceptable safety set up?

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