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Industrial Robotics Case Studies

Application: Material Handling

Adjustable Width Timing Belt Coneyor

POSTED: 07/10/2019

Challenge To provide a conveyor that would accommodate 49 different size bolts while maintaining a common datum. And allow for seamless integration within the robot work cell, all while being operator safe. Solution An adjustable width timing belt conveyor, with one set of belt fixtures designed to accommodate all bolt types while providing

True Conveyor Belt Tracking

POSTED: 07/10/2019

Recently a customer approached mk North America, Inc. with a unique conveying application which required transporting carriers containing catalytic converters. The carriers were slightly over 3-inches in diameter, but all told would weigh in at 225 lbs. The carriers were being fed onto the mk conveyor from an existing recirculating

Case Study: Kawasaki Robotic Tube Bending Increases Throughput and Eliminates Safety Risks

POSTED: 05/22/2019

Robotic machine tending can offer a wide range of benefits, whether it is ergonomic relief, increased throughput, or a more streamlined and efficient process overall.  For Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp., USA (KMM), automation helped them in all of these areas. Five years ago, KMM installed their first tube bending cell using

Case Study: Creating a Customized Kawasaki Robotic Solution for Produce Palletizing

POSTED: 05/22/2019

When ever-increasing production goals are met with high labor and shipping costs, robots can help manufacturers improve their bottom line.  In the case of Cecelia Farms, automating their palletizing operations with Kawasaki has helped the produce company increase throughput while avoiding labor costs. Caxton-Mark, a robotic integrator out of Leamington, Ontario,

Case Study: One-of-a-Kind Kawasaki Robot Cell for Vision-Guided Aerospace Part Assembly

POSTED: 05/22/2019

Unlike many of today’s manufacturing sectors, the aerospace industry tends to stray away from automation. While automated machinery is commonly found on the aerospace factory floor, robotic arms are a rare sight due to low production volumes and the delicate nature of creating such specialized parts. This aerospace part supplier teamed

Case Study: Six-Station Machine Tending Using Kawasaki Robot

POSTED: 05/20/2019

Manufacturers use automation to take their operations to the next level.  Whether it is increasing throughput or decreasing labor costs, the integration of robotics gives enterprises of all sizes the opportunity to expand their business and eliminate pain points in their processes, which oftentimes has a ripple effect of unforeseen

Robotic palletizing solution from Honeywell Intelligrated adds staffing and production flexibility

POSTED: 12/06/2018

Robotic Palletizing Solution From Honeywell Intelligrated Adds Staffing and Production Flexibility, Avoids Worker Injuries, and Yields Floor Space Savings Please note: “Honeywell Intelligrated” within this case study refers to FKI Logistex. Intelligrated, which was purchased by Honeywell in 2016, acquired the North and South American operations of FKI Logistex in 2009. Dan

Universal Robots help Autodesk Push Construction Industry’s Boundaries for Human-Robot Collaboration

POSTED: 12/05/2018

At Autodesk’s Robotics Lab in San Francisco, CA, Universal Robots are used in research projects exploring new ways to automate the construction industry. The projects span human-robot interactions, machine learning, drawing and smart assembly systems. Crazy. That’s the response Heather Kerrick, Senior Research Engineer at Autodesk’s Robotics Lab, often encountered when

Maintenance free UR cobots operate continuously in harsh environment

POSTED: 11/13/2018

Aircraft Tooling, a Texas-based repair center for the aviation industry, was surprised to find that Universal Robots could withstand the high temperatures and harsh environment while performing metal powder and plasma spray processes. The UR “cobots” have now been in operation for three years without breakdown or service requirements. “It

Retrofitting CNC machines with RG2 Dual Gripper

POSTED: 10/26/2018

The Copenhagen-based company has increased its productivity on their CNC machines by retrofitting them with RG2 Dual Grippers from OnRobot that significantly decrease cycle times and allows for production to continue after operators have left the workshop. COPENHAGEN – Many years ago, Sen. Everett Dirksen is reported to have said, “A

OnRobot collaborative grippers pack delicate herbs at Rosborg Greenhouse

POSTED: 10/26/2018

It takes great finesse to cultivate and deliver tasteful, fresh herbs. It requires intelligent automation to ensure that production is efficient, competitive, and creates a good work environment. That is why Denmark’s largest producer of herbs and mini plants, Rosborg Food Holding, chose to invest in sensitive, flexible robot grippers from On Robot to handle the plants. The use of herbs dates back to Babylon

IAS project case study: Automate a seed-testing lab

POSTED: 10/02/2018

IAS Inc., a Wisconsin-based systems integration company and Visual Components customer, recently told us about a unique project they completed for a Fortune 500 agricultural company — automating a seed-testing lab. “The customer had been using a crew of over 100 people, with each person individually performing the entire preparation portion

Robots: Saving Your Jobs, Not Destroying Them

POSTED: 08/28/2018

You know the common fear: robots are coming to take your jobs. This fear of new technologies dates back hundreds of years about the inevitable changes that they bring. However, again and again it has proven that while some jobs are lost, they are ultimately replaced with new ones. Past technological

OCTOPUZ Programs Panasonic Welding Robot at Accumetal Manufacturing Inc.

POSTED: 08/14/2018

Just like there are a multitude of robot brands in the industrial robotics industry, there are also a multitude of options for programming. Manual programming, OEM specific software and third party offline programming software are some of the different approaches. OCTOPUZ Offline Programming and Simulation Software is a third-party software solution

Removing Production Bottlenecks through Automation

POSTED: 08/07/2018

Tufting, one of the most sought-after and classic upholstery styles, is commonly incorporated into the design of furniture. How is this Victorian button-like look achieved? We got some insight from Fibreline, the largest independently owned


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