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Robotics Tech Papers

Date: Last 12 Months

Servo Spot Welding Offers Superior Performance and Lower Lifetime Costs for Auto Manufacturing

by Gary Rosengren, Daniel Cass & Aaron Dietrich

POSTED: 04/25/2017

The leading global automotive manufacturers rely on robotic servo spot welding equipment for the assembly of automobile bodies to ensure high productivity, lower costs and higher quality compared to older-style pneumatic spot welding equipment. Introduction Leading global automobile manufacturers rely heavily on robotic equipment. According to the International Organization of Motor

Optimizing Your Manufacturing

by Kate Nadeau

POSTED: 11/22/2016

Introduction Manufacturing companies contributed $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy according to the most recent annual data. [1] Manufacturers, of which 98.6 percent [2] qualify as small businesses, have become more agile, more productive and leaner in recent years. These advances have reduced both time to market and labor costs.

Challenges with Traditional Ethercat Configuration Processes

POSTED: 11/16/2016

EtherCAT is a very flexible protocol. It allows connection of I/O modules, motor, drives, communication devices, couplers and even controllers. For each hardware type, there are different data exchange methods. A motor drive can use CANopen over EtherCAT (CoE) or

How to Reduce Product Damage, Enhance Productivity and Increase Efficiencies in Paper Plate Manufacturing

by Laurie Perolio-Bullinger, Marketing Manager

POSTED: 10/19/2016

Introduction The U.S. paper plate industry is projected to increase over the next five years as consumer demand continues to rise despite coming under scrutiny by environmentalist groups.  Although this category is expected to grow, the industry is experiencing increased import competition from emerging countries with less aggressive environmental regulations

NEXCOM EtherCAT Master Controllers Accelerate Real-Time Control to Push Production to Full Throttle

POSTED: 10/06/2016

NEXCOM EtherCAT master controllers, NET series, expand with 64-bit support to move industrial automation and control systems up a gear. Targeting high-speed real-time motion control systems, the NET series can accelerate the execution of complex automation schemes, intricate robot control, and sophisticated image processing, allowing deterministic control and machine vision

Modular EtherCAT Robotic Solution Kicks R&D in High Gear to Fuel Robot Boom

POSTED: 09/30/2016

NEXCOM EtherCAT robotic solution, NexROBO, introduces openness and modularity to the rigid robot architecture, unleashing possibilities for in-house development, add-on functionality, and reconfiguration of robots. Based on an open and modular architecture, NEXCOM EtherCAT robotic solution delivers development flexibility and expandable functions with both hardware and software building blocks. Integrating a variety of EtherCAT Master controllers,

NEXCOM Simplifies OT-IT Convergence to Scout for Factory Intelligence

POSTED: 09/23/2016

NEXCOM IoT Automation Solution combines operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) to depict a comprehensive overview of factory operations. To put Industry 4.0 into practice, NEXCOM IoT Automation Solution closely integrates heterogeneous industrial automation and control systems, provides end-to-end connectivity to form a tightly-knit Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and simplifies the adoption

NEXCOM Fully Depicts Cloud-Infused Industry 4.0

POSTED: 08/31/2016

Putting Industry 4.0 into practice has become a universal lesson throughout the industry. However, most Industry 4.0 interpretations in recent years have mainly focused on the data side of things. To extend beyond the focus, this year at the 2016 Taipei International Industrial Automation Exhibition, NEXCOM will demonstrate how it

Innovating Small Assembly Robot Integration Concepts within the PLC

by Chris Elston , Sr. Controls Engineer

POSTED: 07/13/2016

Introduction For many years, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) have remained the industrial controller of choice among control, automation, and design engineers. PLCs are often referred to as the “master” controller that sequences the main logic and manages network data on automated equipment. They are considered the hidden

Designing a Reliable and Efficient Vacuum System

POSTED: 05/31/2016

A vacuum system is made up of more than a pump, and its design is dependent on the application. However, all applications need reliable and efficient designs, so to illustrate how to achieve that, we will focus on two types of applications and systems. Applications for vacuum pumps can be either

Suction Cups Enable the Vacuum to Grip

POSTED: 05/31/2016

Vacuum systems designed to lift, hold and move objects need to be fitted with suction cups. These come in all shapes, forms and sizes, so it can be hard to choose one that fits a certain application. First, you need to know how they work. Suction cups are essential components in

ISO/TS 15066 Explained

POSTED: 05/25/2016

ISO/TS 15066, the world's first specifications of safety requirements for collaborative robot applications, is here at last. It's been a long journey for the ISO committee containing members from 24 participating countries, including representatives from leading collaborative robot manufacturers, who began work on ISO/TS 15066 back in 2010. Designed to supplement the


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