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Hi, I am 2nd year engineering student from India. I am very much interested in the field of robotics and IIOT. But, I haven't done anything towards it until now. How can I start and which are the skills I have to master in and what is the future of these fields? Thank you.

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Hello, I am seeking some technical solution to automate the process of remotely emptying asbestos fiber 40L bags, that are themselves placed inside a big bag. My current solution would be to cut open the big bag on its upper side with a remote manipulator and cutter. The first challenge is then to topple the big bag as to empty it of its 40L bags. The second challenge is then to displace the 40L bags on a conveyor belt before entering a bag emptying machine. What do you think of the feasability of this process ? Most importantly, what remotely operated system allow its user to topple a big bag in order to empty it of its content ? Thank you very much for your answers.

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How many people can be in the safeguarded space for each available teach pendant? Does everyone in the space need an enabling device?

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I'm the lead CNC programmer in a relatively high-mix low-to-med-volume (20-1000pc) shop and I've been talking with the CEO of the shop about adding a machine tending robot by the end of 2019. I'm trying to educate myself as much as possible so that I can easily adapt the robot to different machine tending applications and teach the rest of my programming team to do the same. I've visited a local makerspace to start learning on the lowest possible level with some arduino and raspberry pi projects. Where else can I find educational resources to learn how to self-integrate and get familiar with robots to make our endeavor successful?

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What is the best industrial robotic arm that can operate in a high vacuum environment (chamber) with a reach up to 72"? A couple of additional details: To function correctly it must be an anthropomorphic arm on a movable platform which is a 7th axis. Our robots must be able to operate at 10^-6 torr. There can be no petroleum products used in the robot. All greases must be replaced with vacuum grease like Krytox. Plastic materials are not good in a vacuum as they will outgas and become brittle/break. They also outgas chemicals that can destroy adhesion of our films. The payload is about 35 pounds. We use mesh files that describe X, Y and Z coordinates with and IJK vector for pointing at the substrate we are coating. We prefer no Teflon as it grows under vacuum and shrinks in atmosphere.

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Our facility has recently purchased a collaborative robot. We are looking to do safety and risk assessment training. We are in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. The closest event to our facility is in Corning, New York on 11/1/18. My question is do you provide any onsite safety and risk assessment training, and if so, what is the cost to have a trainer come here. Robots are up and coming in many of our facilities, so we would want to provide training to everyone involved. I am hoping you can help us.

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I have a IRC5 ABB robot with a lincoln welder. We define the work object manually every time. Any help on making a program to do the work object automatically?

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Is there any information regarding market segmentation by different architectures, more specifically by powertrain architectures (different motors, sizes, types, etc.)?

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I am a student with Missouri State University working in a project group concerning the market analysis, design, and manufacture of robotic quick-change adapters and end-effectors. My question is simple in that if someone could a brief explanation/description as to the typical design elements (i.e. pneumatic, magnetic, electrical, locking, etc.) typically seen in market for quick-change adapters, what would it be?

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We have an application with 3 Nachi MH robots in one gated area, with no operator interface (light curtain etc). I am very accustomed to performing safe distance calculations for the light curtain interface and the robot. However, in this particular system, there are 2 lanes where the robots work. They want to keep one lane running, while providing presence detection with safety scanners/light curtains, and 2 separate gates. (You enter one gate, it shuts down that lane only). We are accustomed to opening a gate and general stopping robots (time it takes to open a gate and then run into the cell). In this application, the Nachi has RMU with a safe speed option. Nachi is not providing me information on how a safe speed works regarding stop time. there are too many variables they say. How do i determine the distance I need to protect against someone who entered one side of the cell and the distance I need to provide the presence sensing device? I can provide a picture if that helps.

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We build custom robotic inspection and assembly machines. We have a project on the shop floor that has a 6 axis robot. The robot is guarded on 3 sides with a cabinet and a fence. The 4th side is open for operator loading/unloading and it has a safety light curtain. Our customer wants us to program the robot to stop motion when light curtain is broken and resume motion after light curtain is cleared and the operator presses a safe to resume switch 2 times. They do not want us to E-stop the robot in this situation forcing several steps to recover. The light curtain is wired through a safety relay and there are a few E-stop switches around this cell also. Is this robot stop and resume method something that would be considered acceptable to RIA standards?

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I am reviewing standards or information pertaining to stack lights and or indicator lights. Isn't there a requirement that there is an indicator light for when the light curtains are muted?

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Magnesium plate and sheet is 33% lighter than Aluminum. Why have we not seen Magnesium used in EOAT? Lighter EOAT means heavier payloads with the same robot, easier to machine saving on tooling costs and higher throughput meaning more parts per minute. Any help or insight would be appreciated.

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If I have a material handling cell that the robot can reach higher than the 8' fence panel with a part, does this require then 12' fence panels? To prevent a possible thrown part from the EOAT? This has been a mater of debate for a long time for the actual height of the fence.

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When considering the robot as the hazard in a work cell, do you use the operating space or the restricted space to calculate safe distances to light curtains, fence, etc? 15.06 does not seem to differentiate.

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If a robot is moving overhead to transfer an item from one area to another, how far off the ground must it be and what is the citation? Thank you.

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I have a question about the risk estimation methodology outlined in TR15.306. In Table 1 "Injury severity, exposure, and avoidance factors" it gives the guidance: "Choose most likely." This sounds to me like even if it is somewhat possible for a higher rating to apply, if a lower rating is significantly more likely to apply we should go with that one. For example, consider the risk of a large industrial robot striking an operator. Even moving at full speed, a reversible injury is much more likely than death/dismemberment. For this, I would select S2, but I was curious about how others are interpreting this table. Another example might be the situation where an operator is validating a program using a teach pendant. In this case, as long as reduced speed is applied and the operator is using the enabling device on the pendant, I would consider giving this an S1 rating. Yes, it is hypothetically possible for the operator to be crushed (S2 or S3) between the robot and the workpiece, but it is much, much more likely that an operator will drop/squeeze the enabling device before any significant injury occurs. A counterpoint to this would be the risk of reaching into a moving drive system. This would be S3 regardless, considering that should the person actually make contact with the drive system, it might have a high likelihood of drawing in and severing their hand. If this interpretation of the table isn’t correct, I would be very interested in learning how other people address these situations.

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Hi, I am trying to build a flippable workbench in my garage for my tools. The idea it to have the tools on a platform that can rotate 180 degrees and lock to be suspended under the table. I am trying to find a servo or step motor that is powerful enough to flip a 40-50 pound powertool, but am not sure where to start looking. I have been playing around with a prototype using Arduino, but wanted advice on how to make a heavy-duty one. Thanks, Brian 818-312-1472

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Looking for a company that does research and design to create construction plans for a complete assembly line build. Please contact me. Doug 216-706-6432

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I am the President of the Philadelphia, PA chapeter of the American Society of Safety Engineers - we are looking for a speaker to talk to our group about Robotics safety in the workplace. Is there someone I can contact who would like to speak to us on this topic?

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