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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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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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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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Spent yesterday putting together 30 spider robots with Hitl Scouts(common walking toy you see blue body, gray legs). Expected failures, but got thrown for a loop when I handful of the kids had a different wiring design. Rather than one black and one red wire to connect to the terminals they had red, black, and two yellow. I got thrown into this with one days notice, so I have not even built one. When we had the expected robots that would not work, I traced most of the problems to misaligned gears. However, we did not know what to do with that yellow wire, and I could not find anything online while we were at the site. Found one online video assembly that had the yellow wires, but fast forward through the wiring… I’m trying to slow it down now. Can you help me with this, so maybe some of these girls will have robots that actually move?

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Regarding creating a risk assessment. An operator is defined as: "all individuals that could be near or exposed to the robot system or cell." I already include risk assessment tasks for maintenance and general operators. Does that mean I should include risk assessment task mitigation for assembly/installation personnel also?

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Looking for Michigan Integrators that are knowledgeable with older Nachi AR robots. Please provide me with some sources.

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We are investigating RRS (Realistic Robot Simulaiton) topic. I would like to understand the benefit of RRS for us as customer and for the robot vendor ? Could you also define the difference between RRS1 & RRS2?

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We have developed a novel CNT infused textile sensor that can enable tactile sensing capability in robotics. Who are the robotic companies I could contact to discuss our technology? Ravi Sundaram CEO-Rushnano

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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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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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I am doing a power point for school about robotics and industry. What would be some useful information to know?

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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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In RIA R15.06-2012 Section 7.2.3, it states "Information relating to installation and commission of the robot system shall include, for example:" The examples that are listed are they required or are they not required?

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We are implementing a collaborative robot with a mechanical power press. The front opening would be equipped with safety scanners on the front to prevent anyone from walking into the cell and being injured. This provides perimeter protection for anyone getting into the robot area. Our plan was to wire this into the safety relay which would e-stop the press and kill power to the flywheel. Also, when training the robot, the power to the press would be out as well. My question is do you feel this would cover guarding to the press or do we need to still have a light curtain to cover the press point of operation even though the power is killed to the flywheel when interrupted. On some of our other machines with robot setups, we have interlocked guarding around the entire machine and set up this way and have never had an issue but was just curious to your thoughts on it. I appreciate the help.

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Help! I have a rising high school sophomore who recently completed a robotics camp and loved all aspects of building and programming. Can you suggest ways to further his knowledge and education? Or, can you suggest companies that would let him observe one or two days a week after school to see robotics in a real life setting? Thank you so much for any guidance!

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I'm working with a company that is supplying two ABB robots, #IRB 4600 60/2.05 & a IRB 2600 12/1.65. can you tell me what the 60/2.05 and the 12/1.65 are for. I think the 60 and the 12 are the lifting capacities? Thanks, Bruce Owen Jacobs 920-347-2017 Bruce.Owen@jacobs.com

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I am looking to build a robot and need advice on the parts to buy. I want a robot to carry a load of coarse as well as fine aggregates across unduly terrain with minimum loss of aggregates. Maximum Robot dimensions: 30 * 30 cm. Dimension for the box carrying coarse aggregate is restricted to 15cm x 15cm x 15cm (box should not be closed- it should be open to atmosphere). Motors: No restriction on speed (High torque motors is preferred for the terrain). Maximum voltage: 12V.

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