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Industrial Robotics Tech Papers Resource

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

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


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