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Industrial Robotics Case Studies

July 2019

Case Study: Automating End-of-Line Processes in a Traditional German Brewery

POSTED: 07/10/2019

Westheimer Brewery, founded in 1862, is a private brewery rooted in more than 150 years of tradition. From their factory in the Sauerland region of Germany, they produce regional beer specialties and prepare them for distribution both regionally and internationally. In order to remain competitive in an increasingly diversified market,

Case Study: A New Solution for Bag Palletizing Using a Kawasaki Robot

POSTED: 07/10/2019

In most factories, end-of-line processes are sought-after candidates for automation. The combination of ergonomically challenging work and simple, repetitive movements make end-of-line tasks tedious and, oftentimes, easy to program. However, in the landscaping industry, palletizing bags of soil and mulch has always been a relatively difficult process to automate. Dropping lightweight,

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

PDSI Case Study: Using Simulation to Create a Winning Proposal

POSTED: 07/02/2019

A Major Project Opportunity with Tough Requirements Located in Dayton, Ohio, Production Design Services, Inc.; or PDSI, has been providing cost-effective solutions for complex manufacturing problems for more than 60 years. As a supplier and integrator of fixed and flexible turn-key automation solutions, PDSI has designed hundreds of cells for a wide variety

June 2019

Virtual Manufacturing Project Case Study

POSTED: 06/19/2019

Virtual Manufacturing, a supplier of lean-based production development services, and value-added reseller of Visual Components solutions; understands the power of simulation in production. In this case study, we’ll review a project they recently completed to drive sales of their lean manufacturing products, using the Visual Components Experience app. About Virtual Manufacturing “Our goal is

Savushkin Project Case Study

POSTED: 06/19/2019

Many manufacturers are struggling to keep their production efficient while at the same time responsive to changing market needs. Producers in the dairy industry are facing the same challenges. Leading dairy producers like JSC Savushkin Product are turning to digital manufacturing and Industry 4.0 technologies to help them reduce time to market

O&O Technology & SMB Technics Project Case Study

POSTED: 06/19/2019

SMB Technics, a leading Turkish producer of metal processing solutions for the manufacturing industry, was recently competing for a project that required them to propose and present a complete manufacturing solution. As part of the bidding process, SMB Technics had to demonstrate that they could deliver a solution that met

Midea Case Study

POSTED: 06/19/2019

In this case study, we’ll show you how Midea, the world’s largest producer of major appliances, used Visual Components to increase the capacity and flexibility of a high-end washing machine assembly line, while reducing costs by 15%. The World’s Largest Producer of Major Appliances Established in 1968 and headquartered in Southern

May 2019

Case Study: Consistent Spraying in an Unfriendly Environment Using Kawasaki Robot

POSTED: 05/22/2019

In the eyes of some manufacturers, installing an industrial robot can seem intimidating. Misconceptions of having to rebuild everything from the ground up and having to adopt a completely new process can make automation seem like a bigger endeavor than it truly is. In reality, there are many ways to

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: Flexible and Consistent Arc Welding Using Kawasaki R series Robots

POSTED: 05/22/2019

As experienced arc welders become an increasingly scarce resource and mass production amplifies the need for consistent product quality, many companies are at a loss.  They need to weld their parts, but it’s difficult to find skilled welders who can produce high quality products, let alone maintain that standard of

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

Robot Cuts Costs, Increases Efficiency

POSTED: 05/20/2019

When asked how his Columbia/Okura robot is perfomring, Big J Milling Co. President John reese jokingly remarks, "it puts in a 24-hour day, it doesn't get sick, and it always shows up on time." Of course, robots will always have an edge over human employees when it comes to issues such


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