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Industrial Robotics Tech Papers Resource

July 2019

Digital Twins and Virtual Commissioning in Industry 4.0

POSTED: 07/09/2019

With the dawn of the fourth industrial revolution upon us, we’re seeing a resurgence of interest in technologies that have been around for some years but are getting another look by many manufacturers in the age of Industry 4.0. In this article, we’ll highlight some of the terms and technologies

Brain Corp Research Paper Recognized by IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters Journal

by Oleg Sinyavsky, Dr. Jean-Baptiste Passot, Brain Corp Research Paper Recognized by IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters Journal

POSTED: 07/01/2019

A new solution for precise, safe, robotic navigation in commercial applications is outlined. An outline of the proven, precise, and safe motion planning methodology used in BrainOS, a cloud-connected operating system for commercial autonomous robots, has been published in the July, 2019 edition of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Letters (RA-L)

June 2019

Open and Modular Robotics with NexROBA Solution

POSTED: 06/21/2019

NexCOBOT’s NexROBA is an open and modular solution, based on standard EtherCAT communication. Since every set of industrial robots is a system, NexROBA offers the flexibility to provide modules in a robotic system, such as robot controllers, EtherCAT I/O, and teach pendant, depending on customer’s needs. The software of this

NexCOBOT Leverages Intel® Vision Accelerator Design Products to Deliver Robotics with AI for Industry 4.0

POSTED: 06/19/2019

Solution Brief: Advancing industrial optimization and automation via the integration of machine vision and AI Executive Summary: Robots play a major role in making manufacturing processes more efficient and less labor intensive. They can help control costs and improve quality, as well as increase productivity. The complexity of robotic system design, however, creates

May 2019

LASER PROCESSING OF SINGLE BATCH TUBES FOR E-MOBILITY

POSTED: 05/15/2019

The e-mobility megatrend requires new solutions for production of car body parts. Bent and hydro formed tubes and tube frames are becoming crucial elements in e-car design, but processing these parts presents particular challenges to suppliers of manufacturing equipment. Due to safety tracking requirements, single frame production is one of

JENOPTIK Votan BIM laser cutting of metals and plastic

POSTED: 05/14/2019

Abstract             To support the trend for higher Automation, Jenoptik created a flexible production line layout to optimize footprint and reduce operator dependence for cutting and welding on press hardened steel automotive body parts. The concept description is for a system to automatically trim and assemble a structural body part made

Technical Report - On Safe Paths

POSTED: 05/02/2019

The RSL 400 safety laser scanner not only ensures that

March 2019

Sensor data available globally – beyond the local company cloud

by Ingo Baumgardt, Head of Sensor Communication

POSTED: 03/06/2019

Making sensor data and information from different sources available globally and linking this data and information in a meaningful way - this is the crux of Industry 4.0. New business ideas make it necessary to make

November 2018

Choose your cobot vacuum gripper wisely

by Josef Karbassi, Vice President, Automation Division, Piab

POSTED: 11/27/2018

Thinking about investing in a helping hand in the form of a cobot? Plug-and-play cobots offer a perfect transition from manual handling or assembly to more automated operations. But, it is important to choose one with a powerful and safe grip! Collaborative robots or cobots are robots that have been designed

May 2018

What are Linear Robotics?

POSTED: 05/29/2018

With automation on the rise, the case for linear robotics has expanded. Linear robots are a type of industrial robot with two or three principal axes that move in a straight line rather than rotate, functioning at right angles to each-other. The three sliding joints correspond to moving the wrist; up

Breakthrough Brake Press Automation

POSTED: 05/08/2018

It’s known that automated brake press systems offer increased productivity for metal fabricators.  Most manual brake press cells only operate at 65% utilization, making robotic automation attractive with utilization rates near 80-90%. 12 Reasons to

March 2018

5 RTOS Performance Compared on EtherCAT Master – IntervalZero’s RTX/RTX64 Stands Out

by Terri Hawker, Vice President Product Management

POSTED: 03/29/2018

The KINGSTAR Soft Motion platform supports multiple industry-leading EtherCAT Masters to guarantee that devices from different manufacturers can work together seamlessly. The centralized controller architecture provided by an EtherCAT Master ensures all of the benefits of EtherCAT technology, like real-time operations, short cycle times, and maximum performance for minimal expense. 5

Why Developers Should Consider Industrial Automation Software

by Jerry Leitz, Director of Field Engineering, Motion Control

POSTED: 03/27/2018

Industrial automation software is used in a wide variety of applications. Unlike using hardware motion control, for instance, which comes with several limitations and elevated operational costs, there is now a new tool for developers to consider. The KINGSTAR Soft Motion Platform offers engineers a convenient, software-based solution for top

October 2017

The Importance of PLC Validation in Manufacturing

POSTED: 10/06/2017

A programmable logic controller (PLC) is a specialized type of computer designed for applications requiring high reliability, ease of programming and sophisticated fault diagnosis. PLCs are commonly used in manufacturing processes, especially robotic devices on assembly lines. A PLC’s design must be validated before it can be used. This process consists

September 2017

Digital Transformation in Manufacturing: Challenging Times, Changing Business Models

POSTED: 09/18/2017

The competition to capture the attention of today’s consumers is fierce. In almost every consumer serving industry – including consumer goods, electronics, and automotive – manufacturers are struggling to win the interest and dollars of consumers. The reason? More competition. The changing competitive landscape is putting intense pressure on manufacturers whose

6 Things We Learned from the Robotiq Challenge

by Chris Thompson, Marketing Supervisor

POSTED: 09/14/2017

Have you ever seen a hotel ballroom filled with robots, conveyors and engineers? We had the opportunity to experience it first hand earlier this week when Robotiq asked us to sponsor their second annual Robotiq User Conference in Quebec City. The conference included a challenge where eight teams of 12 engineers

August 2017

7 Myths About Implementing Simulation Software Uncovered

POSTED: 08/30/2017

Implementing new technologies doesn’t always go as expected, and the same can be said for implementing manufacturing simulation solutions. We have several examples of companies that completed smooth and fast implementations, and were able to see immediate results from integrating manufacturing simulation into their workflows. But, there are also examples

Turn Production Plans into Project Success

POSTED: 08/22/2017

Any seasoned engineer can tell you stories of how reality got in the way of a beautiful model, drawing or calculation. A screw hole that couldn’t be accessed by a screwdriver, an assembly line that moves too fast for a worker, or even a plant wall that has to be moved

July 2017

Should I Add Robots to My Facility?

by Patti Engineering

POSTED: 07/07/2017

Recently, we noticed that we’ve had an influx of customers asking about adding robots to their production line.  Maybe it’s because robots are becoming cheaper, more flexible in their applications, and easier to integrate and support within production lines.  Either way, we thought we’d answer a few frequently asked questions

Do I Need a Vision System for my Robot or Should I Fly Blind?

by Joe Palace, Senior Electrical Engineer at Patti Engineering

POSTED: 07/07/2017

When a robot performs an application, a process, or a validation check on a part, it relies on that part being the same size and being in the exact location before it does its routine. But what if this part is not the same size or is not located where

Tips and Tricks for Motoman Robots

by Nick Sadro, Controls Engineer at Patti Engineering

POSTED: 07/07/2017

I was recently working on a large project where I was responsible for programming several Yaskawa Motoman robots for material handling and dispensing applications. Over the course of a few months and many hours spent with a Motoman teach pendant in my hand, I learned several tips and pointers to

Coordinate System Frames in Industrial Robots

by Nikhil Niphadkar, Controls Engineer at Patti Engineering

POSTED: 07/07/2017

It’s easy to teach a robot if you know what frame to teach the points in. If not, it can be a nightmare!  If you are having hard time teaching a robot point in space or you are spending more than a few minutes to teach the point, I have

May 2017

You Can't Grandfather Safety

by Dan Junker, CMSE, President

POSTED: 05/04/2017

The “Grandfather Clause” If your factory uses the “Grandfather Clause” for an older process or machine, this article will save you, your people and company a lot of money and maybe a life or limb. Is it your understanding that your machinery is “Grandfathered”? And you don’t

April 2017

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

March 2017

6 Ways that PC-Based Motion Control Outperforms Hardware

by Dipesh Mukerji, Vice President Marketing & Strategy

POSTED: 03/09/2017

PC-based motion control solutions deliver 6 main advantages: 1. Cost reduction. The cost of installing software is much lower than purchasing traditional hardware required, such as multiple DSP & FPGA boards and wiring cables. This reduces the overall cost of acquisition as well the maintenance cost of the system after it

February 2017

Why Motion Control Software Makes Sense for Your Business

by Dipesh Mukerji, Vice President Marketing & Strategy

POSTED: 02/02/2017

Traditional motion control applications came with limited options. The high cost to acquire the required appliances and the many applications used in the process made streamlined motion control difficult. Using the right motion control software makes the process much easier and more convenient. It ensures the quality of production is

November 2016

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

July 2016

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

May 2016

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

Transforming 64-Bit Windows to Deliver Software-Only Real-Time Performance

POSTED: 05/24/2016

Next-generation industrial, vision, medical and other systems seek to combine highend graphics and rich user interfaces with hard real-time performance, prioritization and precision.Today’s industrial PCs running 64-bit Windows, complemented by a separate scheduler on multicore multiprocessors, can deliver that precise real-time performance on software-defined peripherals. The pace of advancement in silicon

Symmetric Multiprocessing or Virtualization: Maximizing the Value and Power of a Soft-Control Architecture

POSTED: 05/24/2016

Overview The continuous advance in multicore technologies is the catalyst for software innovation that is spawning a new generation of embedded systems that are less costly to develop, higher performing, and scalable because tasks run in parallel. The ideal architecture for these new systems is described in an earlier white paper

How Embedded Devices and the Cloud Are Leading a Paradigm Shift in Manufacturing and Production

POSTED: 05/17/2016

By: Daron Underwood, CTO Not long ago, embedded devices were not connected in any way to a network especially to a network that was accessible to the cloud. As such, it was decidedly difficult to have software activation and licensing software work at a local level. Microsoft even struggled with Windows

April 2016

Why an Open “Plug-and-Play” Software Platform is The Answer for Industrial Motion Control

POSTED: 04/28/2016

What is the number one thing that industrial automation engineers want at work? It’s simple: the freedom and flexibility to choose the best tools without reservation. That autonomy, however, is rarely achieved, not just in industrial automation but practically any industry these days. Oh sure, plenty of tooling vendors say they provide

Industrial Machine Automation: Soft Motion Control Has Better Performance and Value Than Hardware

POSTED: 04/15/2016

Embedded OEMs – especially those whose products have complex human-machine interfaces (HMIs), manage many degrees of motion, and require hard real-time operation – have traditionally relied on field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and digital signal processors (DSPs) to meet the precision and performance requirements of machine vision and motion control

March 2016

5 Real-Time, Ethernet-Based Fieldbuses Compared

POSTED: 03/18/2016

WHICH STANDARD STANDS APART? By: Jeffrey Hibbard, CEO, KINGSTAR The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not reflect in any way those of this website or the association. Executive Summary Ethernet-based technologies have long been game changers. When first introduced, Ethernet innovated local area networks, and by

February 2016

Laser Edge Lap Welding

by Tom Graham, Key Accounts Group Manager

POSTED: 02/01/2016

As material selections in automotive manufacturing move further into the high-strength realm, along with the more prevalent usage of difficult-to-weld materials such as aluminum, developing robust processes for joining these materials becomes ever more critical. Adaptation of technologies such as real-time seam tracking, gap bridging, beam oscillation, and integrated clamping

October 2015

KINGSTAR 2.5 Supported Network Interface Cards

POSTED: 10/15/2015

Introduction This document lists supported Ethernet adapters and controllers for use with KINGSTAR products (out- of-the box). Note: In the tables that follow, the KINGSTAR version listed is the first version that supported each device. All future versions of the device are supported, unless the status is marked as deprecated. KINGSTAR Soft

KINGSTAR Supported Hardware

POSTED: 10/14/2015

Servo Drives Device Information Copley Accelnet Copley Stepnet Copley Xenus Delta ASDA-2 Hiwin D1/D2 Kollmorgen AKD Maxon Maxpos Mitsubishi Mr-J3-A (limited Functionality) Omron G5 Panasonic Mina A5 Family Sanyo Denki RS2 Servotronix CDHD TDE OPDE Yaskawa Sigma-5 Stepper Drives Device Information Beckhoff EL7031 Beckhoff EL7041 Beckhoff EL7047 Syn-Tek 5621 EtherCAT IO Devices Device Information Beckhoff EK1100 Beckhoff EK1101 Beckhoff EL1008 Beckhoff EL1014 Beckhoff EL1018 Beckhoff EL1084 Beckhoff EL1088 Beckhoff EL1098 Beckhoff EL1809 Beckhoff EL1889 Beckhoff EL2004 Beckhoff EL2008 Beckhoff EL2024 Beckhoff EL2088 Beckhoff EL2502 Beckhoff EL2809 Beckhoff EL2889 Beckhoff EL3004 Beckhoff EL3008 Beckhoff EL3024 Beckhoff

KINGSTAR Soft Motion Platform Comparison Matrix

POSTED: 10/13/2015

A Comparison of Motion Control Offerings Key Trend for Machine Automation For nearly decade, a leading edge companies have been quietly developing and deploying software-based machine controller solutions that execute directly on a Windows PCs. Some refer to the this form of real-time machine control as a software motion or soft

KINGSTAR Soft Motion - Data Sheet

POSTED: 10/12/2015

KINGSTAR products are designed for industrial machines requiring motion control and positioning systems. KINGSTAR’s all-software approach sets it apart from other machine control solutions. Using the EtherCAT standard; the power of Industrial PCs; and the Windows operating system, enhanced by hard real-time software that transforms Windows into a real-time operating system

August 2015

DC Motor Selection for Dynamic Motion Control Applications

POSTED: 08/10/2015

Finding the right motor is one of the core elements in the selection of dynamic drive components. Due to their high starting torque maxon DC motors with or without brushes are the perfect matches for highly dynamic servo applications. Once the requirements of the application are specified and a general

Choosing the Right Drive Technology

POSTED: 08/10/2015

Coming up with the right drive technology for your application often depends on the options before you. Here are five of the most common drive configurations being used today, along with their benefits and drawbacks. Although there are a number of variations of drive technologies for motion applications, there are a

Machine Optimization Through DC Motor Selection

POSTED: 08/07/2015

Selecting the right DC motor is an important aspect of optimizing medical machine performance There are so many motors on the market today, from heavy-duty AC motors to tiny DC brushless and stepper motors. To use any of the motors users must have a full understanding of the application parameters, including

Three Multileaf Collimators

POSTED: 08/07/2015

When it came to designing a multi-leaf collimator (MLC) device,

Implantable Medication Delivery Systems: Where Every Microliter Counts

POSTED: 08/06/2015

Implantable medication delivery systems can have a decisive influence on the quality of life of the patients. In

Trusting the Next Step

POSTED: 08/06/2015

Enjoying life to the fullest – Taking carefree strolls through shopping malls, cycling with friends or perhaps going on a mountain hiking tour. With the right leg prosthesis, being active can be part of day-to-day life again. Ottobock and maxon

Minimally Invasive Tissue Removal System

POSTED: 08/06/2015

Medical engineers consistently look for ways

Air Cushion Systems for Comfortable Flights

POSTED: 08/05/2015

To achieve the highest possible level of comfort for air passengers, Lantal from Switzerland developed a pneumatic air cushion system. This system replaces the customary cushion foam with air-filled chambers.

Guardbot Rolls into Position

POSTED: 08/05/2015

Artificial Stars Created with Laser Technology

POSTED: 08/05/2015

There is still a long way to go before we can make our own stars. However, in scientific applications, the technology is already in use today. The Netherlands Organization for

Mini Pan/Tilt for HD Cameras

POSTED: 08/04/2015

Intelligent Robots for Research and Soccer

POSTED: 08/04/2015

The robot named DARwIn-OP (Dynamic Anthropomorphic Robot with Intelligence-Open Platform) is used mainly for research and education purposes. The user can easily program the robot according to his own wishes, as the system is based on

Maxon Motors in the Formula Renault 3.5

POSTED: 08/04/2015

The Formula Renault racing series has become one of the most important racing series

Pocket-sized Delta Robots

POSTED: 08/03/2015

Today, various microassembly tasks present ever greater challenges to drive technology. Whereas the microcomponents and systems are continuously getting smaller, the development of production systems in macroscopic dimensions is frequently left behind. A Swiss

Service Robots Use Flat Motors

POSTED: 08/03/2015

Service robots being designed for the disabled must be reliable, safe, and easy to use. Having the right motion system components is essential for these highly

Pipe Inspection with Top Power Density

POSTED: 08/03/2015

Imagine the drain is clogged and not a single drop is flowing down any more. A common problem – the cause can be hidden in the far corners of a sewage system.

July 2015

Hexapedal Robot

POSTED: 07/29/2015

They're Gliding Over Water – On Solar Power

POSTED: 07/20/2015

At the world's biggest solar boat regatta in the Netherlands, everything revolves around sustainable high technology. This year, maxon motor benelux supported two of the leading teams and has thus become part of a completely new

The Mars Mission – Technology for Another World

POSTED: 07/20/2015

We did not find any little green men on Mars, but we did find dried out lakes and river beds. The NASA missions keep discovering new secrets of the red planet. Always on board: Reliable DC

Respiration Therapy with Maxon Motors

POSTED: 07/19/2015

There are a multitude of sleep diseases and sleep disorders - therefore there is also a large range of available therapy options. Respiration devices for use in clinics and those for home use have one thing

Intensity-Modulated Radiosurgery System

POSTED: 07/19/2015

Engages a shape-shifting multi-leaf collimator to focus radiation on tumors while protecting surrounding healthy tissue in sensitive areas of the body. The problem can be a matter of life and death to the

Hull Cleaning Robot for Large Ships

POSTED: 07/18/2015

Specially designed robotic crawler navigates around the underwater portion of

Efficient Pump System for Improved Quality of Life

POSTED: 07/18/2015

Implantable pump systems are used to treat many medical conditions – including ascites. Severe disorders are frequently the cause for this symptom. To control the fluid that has

Climbing with Maxon Drives

POSTED: 07/17/2015

A robot able to climb transmission towers makes short work of routine checks. Equipped with powerful maxon drives, autonomous robots can go almost anywhere, to great heights or into narrow

Android Blinks Thanks to Maxon Drive Technology

POSTED: 07/17/2015

Imagine you enter a room and see a twin in front of you. It is not made of flesh and blood, but the humanoid robot already bears an

Please Smile with Maxon Motors

POSTED: 07/16/2015

Digital SLR cameras can deliver extremely sharp photos – regardless of whether the photo-grapher is a professional or a hobbyist. Not only does the skill of the photographer, but also the technology inside the

Robotic Snake-arm Flies into Tight Spaces

POSTED: 07/16/2015

A robot as agile as a snake can explore almost any hidden nook and cranny. Problems often occur in confined and hazardous spaces, and whilst these spaces are difficult for humans to work in, a snake-arm robot has no issue. Whether in aircraft assembly, nuclear power stations or the inspection

Guardians Between Two Worlds

POSTED: 07/15/2015

The kinetic sculptures of the Korean artist U-Ram Choe are composed of acrylic resin, stainless steel and moving elements, and have been fascinating people for two decades. To breathe life

Maxon Motors for Better Door Security

POSTED: 07/15/2015

Around 5.5 million burglaries are committed worldwide every year – more than ten per minute on average. Using secure doors significantly reduces the risk of a house being broken into. The Spanish

Staying on Track

POSTED: 07/14/2015

Driver assist systems can help save lives by alerting driver of potential danger. The majority of traffic accidents are caused by human error. In the future, computer-controlled cars will significantly reduce the number of such

Beauty Through Technology

POSTED: 07/14/2015

For the past three decades, French company LPG has been offering a special treatment for tightening skin and tissue, using mechanical stimulation

Small Robot is a Big Number in Open Source

POSTED: 07/13/2015

The KUKA youBot is a small mobile robot that has been designed as an open source platform for scientific research and training. The robot consists of a mobile platform and a robotic arm. Both of these

Surgical Robots for Minimally Invasive Procedures.

POSTED: 07/13/2015

The latest, next generation surgeries are being performed today using Intuitive Surgical Inc.’s (Sunnyvale, CA) da Vinci™S HD Surgical System, which allows surgeons to perform the most minimally

Taking to the High Skies with Maxon Motors

POSTED: 07/10/2015

At an altitude of 11 kilometers above the surface of the earth, the air is very thin. Modern pressure cabins and an environmental control system (ECS) ensure a pleasant atmosphere in commercial

Surgical Simulators

POSTED: 07/10/2015

When Every Tenth of a Second Counts

POSTED: 07/09/2015

Triathlon and time trial racing are gaining more and more fans every day. Technological innovations, such as an electronic drivetrain, are highly sought-after components when every second counts on the way to the finish line. The EPS (electronic power shift) system of bicycle component manufacturer Campagnolo from Italy took many

Underwater Inspection on Twelve Wheels

POSTED: 07/09/2015

Inspecting flooded pipes of power plants requires skilled,

Brushless DC Motors for Down Hole and Directional Drilling

POSTED: 07/08/2015

The recovery of petroleum and natural gas requires constant innovation and improvement of technology. This technology used for deep drilling processes are exposed to extreme environmental conditions. Temperatures of 200+°C, high pressure and extreme shock and vibration. Brushless DC motor

From Soaring Heights: Camera Stabilization with Maxon Drives

POSTED: 07/07/2015

Aerial images can be beneficial for many businesses and industries. Often things are revealed from above that are hidden to the observer on the ground. Drives from maxon motor are used in camera stabilizer systems. Mining companies,

Circulatory Support without Surgery for Heart Failure Patients

POSTED: 07/07/2015

Intra-aortic pump powered by miniature brushless DC motors provides heart failure patients an aid to help hearts rest and heal. Chronic heart failure patients draw hope from a new

Getting a Second Grip on Life

POSTED: 07/06/2015

Losing a hand in a tragic event turns everyday tasks into a constant battle. Nothing is the way it was before and even small things suddenly seem impossible. The high-tech Michelangelo Hand prosthesis gives back quality of life

Inked to Precision

POSTED: 07/06/2015

The tattoo scene is driven by younger artists who have little in common with the old stereotypes. They create true masterworks using the latest technology. And they all know the maxon “Swiss motor”. The age of rockers

Keeping Muscles in Shape

POSTED: 07/02/2015

For paraplegic people, rehabilitation is frequently a long process; this is why methods and tech-nology that optimize these measures for the patient

Kenshiro: Strong Robot with 160 Muscles

POSTED: 07/02/2015

The tendon-controlled humanoid robot created by the University of Tokyo has more than 160 artificial muscles and is the result of many years of experience. Around 100 brushless maxon motors ensures that the only 1.58 m tall robot has humanlike

Over Rough and Smooth – Robots on a Mission to Explore

POSTED: 07/01/2015

Intelligent robot systems are increasingly being used in disaster control, rescue missions and salvage operations – wherever it is too dangerous for humans. Robots that can

June 2015

Relaxed Golfing with Maxon Motors

POSTED: 06/30/2015

Golf is becoming increasingly popular and has become a common recreational sport. In the spring and summer millions of people around the world head to the greens to work on their handicap or to

Vacuum Compatible Maxon Motors for Extreme Conditions.

POSTED: 06/30/2015

maxon motor spent several months working alongside Instrument Design Technology (IDT) to customize a small, brushless

Autonomous Robots Provide Green Logistics

POSTED: 06/30/2015

The upcoming company YLOG builds autonomous robots for transporting containers at logistics companies. The Autonomous Intelligent Vehicle (AiV) helps to cut energy costs and to optimize the use of space in the

Actuators in Aviation

POSTED: 06/29/2015

In the aviation industry, a wide range of applications is controlled by actuators. For example, they are used to control and limit velocity and engine speed by adjusting levers and flaps. In many of these actuators, maxon motors can be found. Actuators convert electrical signals to mechanical movement or other physical

Automatic Transfer Device Helps Nurses

POSTED: 06/29/2015

Nurses face the daily challenge of caring for an overweight population, which leads to debilitating injuries. A motorized lateral transfer device allows even the smallest nurse to move a heavy patient. One of

May 2015

IKO Maintenance Free Linear Guides C-Lube Technology Keeps Linear Motion Components Lubricated — So You Don’t Have To

POSTED: 05/07/2015

Walk through any plant that uses linear motion systems, and you can often see maintenance workers, grease gun in hand, applying lubrication to linear guides. And why shouldn’t they? Under-lubricated guides can wear excessively, which leads to performance problems and premature failure. These labor-intensive lubrication practices, however, do not come cheap.

Cycle Times for Trackmotion Robotic Cells

POSTED: 05/04/2015

CYCLE TIMES FOR TRACKMOTION ROBOTIC CELLS Placing a robot on a track greatly expands its reach envelope, potentially allowing it to tend many more machines or to transfer

April 2015

KINGSTAR Soft Motion Platform Release Notes

POSTED: 04/24/2015

Product Overview KINGSTAR products are designed for industrial machines requiring motion control and positioning systems. KINGSTAR’s all-software approach sets it apart from other machine control solutions. Using the EtherCAT standard; the power of Industrial PCs; and the Windows operating system, enhanced by hard real-time software that transforms Windows into a real-time

September 2014

Tactile Seam Tracking for Laser Welding and Brazing

by Tom Graham, Key Accounts Group Manager

POSTED: 09/01/2014

One of the biggest hurdles in any automated joining system is the ability to find and track the joint in a consistent nature. Joint quality can be poor due to a number of variables including the standard variance in upstream parts supply or simply poor joint design from either a

August 2014

Robotic Snake-arm Flies into Tight Spaces

POSTED: 08/15/2014

A robot as agile as a snake can explore almost any hidden nook and cranny. Problems often occur in confined and hazardous spaces, and whilst these spaces are difficult for humans to work in, a

May 2014

Robotic Laser Cladding

POSTED: 05/27/2014

Additive Manufacturing using Additivie Shaping Advancements in laser technology over the past decade have been improving at an exciting rate. Companies interested in traditional welding have been adopting the technology and are leading the movement towards laser welding additive manufacturing processes. Of particular interest is the integration

What is the Genuine Added Value From an Ejector with Integrated Controls in a Suction Cup Handling System?

by Josef Karbassi, Vice President Automation Division

POSTED: 05/05/2014

Introduction Air-driven ejectors are gaining pace as the vacuum source for suction cup handling equipment on robots and special purpose machines (ex: case/carton erectors, de-stackers, unloading equipment, etc.). It is an ongoing trend in many different industries, such as packaging, electronics, automotive, glass and plastics. The advantages over traditional blowers

Five Steps Towards More Picks Per Minute

by Josef Karbassi, Vice President Automation Division

POSTED: 05/01/2014

Vacuum-based systems for materials handling are used in many different industries, and regardless of whether a system is used to pick up cartons of food or consumer products, large metal sheets or tiny electronics components, the speed at which that system is working will impact the production rate. A more

Five Steps Towards Using Less Energy Per Pick

by Josef Karbassi, Vice President Automation Division

POSTED: 05/01/2014

In a world where most electrical power is produced in power plants fuelled by gas, oil and coal, and where the carbon dioxide (CO2) released from these fossil fuels is considered a major environmental threat, manufacturers need to focus on reducing their energy consumption. Increasingly strict legislation intended to reduce

March 2014

Model making: A dwarf-sized Caterpillar.

by Anja Schütz

POSTED: 03/04/2014

maxon drives also play an important role in model making – for example, many locomotives run their rounds powered by maxon motors. But even crazier things can be found in the world of model making: like the bright yellow Cat track

Robotic Rib Spreading Tool to help patients hurt less and heal faster.

by Deb Setters and Anja Schütz

POSTED: 03/04/2014

One advanced technology company is taking on the challenge of developing hand-held, robotic surgical instruments to help patients hurt less and heal faster. High torque maxon motors

November 2013

Robotic Exoskeleton: For more quality of life

POSTED: 11/11/2013

Worldwide, an estimated 185 million people use a wheelchair daily. A company based in Auck-land (New Zealand) has developed innovative robotic technology that helps people with mobility impairment get back on their feet: the robotic exoskeleton from Rex Bionics. The integrated

October 2013

Vacuum Systems for Successful Robot Implementation

by Josef Karbassi, Vice President Automation Division

POSTED: 10/17/2013

ABSTRACT The design of a vacuum system and choice of vacuum components for robot end effectors can be of crucial importance for a successful robot installation. This paper discusses vacuum solutions for robot end effectors, which increase the

September 2013

Not a hair out of place, even at 100 miles.

POSTED: 09/06/2013

With the AIRCAP®, Mercedes-Benz offers for its E-Class Convertible an automatic draft stop that can be activated at the push of a button, thus greatly reducing turbulence in the interior. Actuated is the AIRCAP® by a maxon drive system. The

April 2013

Firefighting Humanoid Robot

POSTED: 04/29/2013

With funding from the U.S. Navy Research Laboratory, Virginia Tech’s RoMeLa laboratory is designing and building their Shipboard Autonomous Fire Fighting Robot, or SAFFiR.   Agility, speed, strength, balance are all qualities needed to fight fires,

Human-Like Bipedal Walking Robot

POSTED: 04/29/2013

In the world of robotics engineering there are two primary ways to view how a robot walks. Either the robot has to be quasi-statically stable at every moment of movement, or it

February 2012

Getting Swinging Lights to Stop on a Dime

POSTED: 02/15/2012

At the Royal Shakespeare Company’s refurbished venue, lightweight lights are hung from swinging cables. A unique design stops the swinging to put the spotlight on the actors.   The Royal Shakespeare Company recently went through a $200 million refurbishment atThe RSC Lightlock system operates using Newton’s third law of motion:

Focusing on Dark Energy

POSTED: 02/15/2012

The HETDEX project is the first major experiment to search for dark energy in the universe using a set of spectrographs to map the three-dimensional positions of one million galaxies.   The Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) is located at the McDonald Observatory in West Texas.The Hobby-Eberly Telescope (left) shown with its

January 2012

Humanoid Robotic Hand Moves

POSTED: 01/18/2012

Robot performance moves NASA. Cape Canaveral tour guide will have same motors as the Mars Rover

POSTED: 01/18/2012

A versatile robot actor, created in the UK, has beaten off international competition to become the public face of NASA’s world-famous Kennedy Space Center. First developed in 2006 by Cornish company Engineered Arts, “Robothespian” stands five feet nine inches tall, with

October 2011

Motor Type Selection

POSTED: 10/13/2011

Parameters that define a motor type are the mechanical output power, the shaft bearing system, the commutation system used, and the possible combinations with gearheads and

August 2011

The True Cost of Bearing Lubrication

POSTED: 08/15/2011

The True Cost of Bearing Lubrication By Matt Mowry Product Manager Spring 2011 *This is only an excerpt from the whitepaper. To download the entire paper - no registration required - click here. Table of Contents Introduction..................................................................................................................................2 Hidden Costs of Lubrication ....................................................................................................3 Ancillary components for OEMs

February 2011

Selecting Robots for Use in Drug Discovery and Testing: What Are the Essential Things to Know?

POSTED: 02/02/2011

DENSO Robotics offers a free guide, "Selecting Robots for Use in Drug Discovery and Testing: What Are the Essential Things to Know?" The guide is available as a download from the DENSO Robotics Web site (.pdf - 377 KB).

January 2011

DC Motor Selection Automated Patient Transfer Device

POSTED: 01/21/2011

Nurses face the daily challenge of caring for an overweight population, which leads to debilitating injuries. A motorized lateral transfer device allows even the smallest nurse to move a heavy patient.   One of the growing problems facing the nursing career is a thinning staff, and with it the need

December 2010

Packaging Automation Trends: Using Small Assembly Robots in Upstream Packaging Processes

POSTED: 12/21/2010

DENSO Robotics offers a free guide for manufacturers, packaging engineers, machine builders and system integrators, “Packaging Automation Trends: Using Small Assembly Robots in Upstream Packaging Processes.” The guide is available as a download from the DENSO Robotics Web site at http://www.densorobotics.com/pdf/upstreampackagingrobots (160 KB).

November 2010

Coming to Grips with Sustainability

by Josef Karbassi, Vice President Marketing and Communication

POSTED: 11/18/2010

Helping manufacturers address ‘green’ manufacturing with vacuum technology One of the biggest shifts in the manufacturing industry in recent years is the growing focus on sustainability. What started as a concern amongst a relatively small group has gathered force to become a key mainstream issue.   However, a rise

September 2010

Intensity-Modulated Radiosurgery System

POSTED: 09/21/2010

Engages a shape-shifting multi-leaf collimator to focus radiation on tumors while protecting surrounding healthy tissue in sensitive areas of the body.   The problem can be a matter of life and death to the patient. Until a few years ago, head and

December 2009

Mini Pan/Tilt for HD Cameras

POSTED: 12/22/2009

With digital television fast approaching, camera manufacturers are flooding the market with new, lightweight units, but few companies are providing the professional equipment that goes with the upcoming change.  Up until 2006, the only broadcast-use professional motorized Pan/Tilts in the market were very heavy. This is because the equipment

Portable Ultrasound Probe System

POSTED: 12/22/2009

Plug-and-play probe connects to any computer’s USB port for instant ultrasound use.  The Ultrasound Probe System developed by Interson (Pleasanton, CA) delivers all the capabilities of a standard ultrasound probe but without the six-figure price tag. The device does not require the dedicated detection and display hardware that the

Surgical Simulators

POSTED: 12/22/2009

Surgical simulators that impart the actual feeling of performing surgery provide obvious training benefits. Here’s how one company helps clinicians perfect the practice.  Immersion Medical (Gaithersburg, MD) designs and manufactures surgical simulators. Similar in idea to that of flight simulators for pilots, a surgical simulator allows a medical student

Precision Guided Parachutes

POSTED: 12/22/2009

Used to deliver critical cargo, these unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) provide unprecedented accuracies in flight.  The Onyx guided parachute designed and manufactured by Atair Aerospace (NY) is an autonomous precision airdrop system. Each system fulfills the precision airdrop requirements under the U.S. Army's Joint Precision Airdrop System (JPADS) program,

April 2009

Reducing Carbon Footprint with the Right Vacuum System

by Josef Karbassi, PIAB Global Manager Automotive

POSTED: 04/29/2009

Introduction Today, carbon dioxide (CO2) is considered to be the largest environmental threat to our world by most researchers. Heightened levels of carbon dioxidein the atmosphere lead to global warming, which in the long run can jeopardize our future on this planet.

Cost Savings, Reduced Risk and the Safe System Approach for Packaging

by Jason Ayers

POSTED: 04/08/2009

Today’s packaging machines are extremely complex and contain several fast moving components that create hazardous conditions for machine operators. With this in mind, we in the engineering community must design and build these systems with safety as our primary goal. Safety, however, can be an extremely

March 2009

Automating a Confectionery Packaging machine

POSTED: 03/31/2009

Quick, but gentle   Chocolate products place heavy demands on packaging machine manufacturers. Speed and flexibility need to be combined with gentle handling. The Italian

July 2008

Advances in Robotic Finishing

by Mary Kay Morel, Staff Writer/Editor

POSTED: 07/23/2008

Manufacturers looking to improve painting operations for parts of all sizes and shapes are turning to advanced robotic technology to increase finishing quality, consistency and throughput, while dramatically lowering operating costs and decreasing wasted material and hazardous environments for human workers.  Easy to install and program, robots are fast, reliable

Safety and Open, Real-time Industrial Ethernet Achievable With SafetyNET p

POSTED: 07/07/2008

Today, Ethernet is the worldwide standard in office communication. Not only is it used to network PCs and peripheral devices within the office, but also for communications between distributed servers or for the Internet and intranets. Annual growth for the use of Ethernet-compatible devices has been in double figures for

October 2003

Reducing Cycle Time and Increasing Throughput in Robotic Material Handling Applications

by Stephen Bolin, Technical Sales Specialist - Automation, Vision & Robots

POSTED: 10/01/2003

Introduction Advantages of using robots in material handling applications include speed, payload capacity and consistent productivity. Increases in throughput are typically necessary to keep pace with production demands without installing additional robot cells. The techniques presented here will enable you to attain higher productivity from a given amount of floorspace

July 2003

New Coordination Algorithms Improve the Throughput of a GM Press Line

POSTED: 07/01/2003

Introduction: Previous research [1, 2] had confirmed our ability to control motion with

February 2000

Survey of Robotic Seam Tracking Systems for Arc Welding

by Mark Scherler

POSTED: 02/24/2000

One of the main process problems of robotic arc welding is the consistency which needs to be maintained while making part after part. A quality weld can only be achieved if the weld seam of each part moves less than the diameter of the weld wire from the programmed weld

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How to Remove the Return Motion in Robotic Path Planning

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  Abstract A novel closed loop track based multi-head robot has been developed to increase material handing throughput. This robot allows for waves of autonomous robot heads to move materials in the working path by eliminating the traditional return path. This is advantageous for the singulation of product from bulk, for

Clamping Down on Holding Capacity Standards

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Recently, you may have referenced materials for the purchase of clamps, including viewing the product specifications.  You found that the data for clamps varied company to company.  So, you ask, when is a 1000-lb. holding capacity clamp really a 1000 lb. holding capacity clamp?  And, how is holding capacity defined? 

Case or Tray Packaging of Stand Up Pouches

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Due to the unique dynamics of stand up pouches, case and/or tray packing of stand up pouches is dependent on engineering, marketing, shipping, financing and more. [Exhibit - Corporate Structure] Engineering is concerned with providing a means to efficiently, quickly and flexibly pack stand up pouches into shipping containers using

Laser processing of 3D-plastic components - the best answer may be a 'Laser Robot'

by Stefan Maier

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 Today's plastic components, especially in the automotive industry, are becoming more and more complex. The enormous possibilities that these plastic materials offer have been recognized by the designer, and are being used more than ever before. This has created components that can no longer be processed economically with conventional cutting

Safety Mats

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Presence sensing mats combined with a safety mat controller improve productivity while providing access guarding. Less downtime occurs because it is not necessary to set up or remove mechanical safety barriers during operation and maintenance. Presence sensing mats and controls are used where perimeter access guarding is required, such as around

Choice of Protective Measures

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 When a risk assessment shows that a machine or process carries a risk of injury the hazard must be eliminated or contained. How this is done will depend on the nature of the machine and the hazard. In basic terms this means preventing any access to the relevant parts while


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