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Industrial Robotics Editorials

Application: Inspection

What is angular resolution?

POSTED: 10/29/2019

What is angular resolution and what does it do?  This is a fairly straightforward question with a fairly simple answer.  Put simply the angular resolution is the angle (in degrees) between scan points for a safety laser scanner.  Think of a circle with 360 degrees, this is similar to a

What can't your safety laser scanner do?

POSTED: 10/28/2019

Due to the large amount of safety laser scanners on the market, it is easy to get lost during the product selection process. There are many choices depending on application requirements; communication protocol, protective field range, safety resolution and many more. With all the available options this can make the

Alignment Issues with Safety Light Curtain?

POSTED: 10/28/2019

The proper installation of a safety light curtain is directly related to proper safety functionality and safety rating. If not properly installed getting a red light to turn green may be an impossibility (let the hair pulling ensue). Below are some tips for a successful launch of your light curtain. Both

TO Cascade or NOT TO Cascade?

POSTED: 10/28/2019

The typical definition of cascading in the world of safety devices would be a single unit working in series with other units (i.e. light curtain, safety scanner, multi-beam light device). So in the case of light curtains, all the units that are cascaded with one another make one long segmented

Moving Machine Vision Beyond the Factory

POSTED: 08/08/2019

As more of our clients come to us looking for help solving complex problems that require machine vision as part of the solution, we find ourselves repeatedly pushing against the current limitations of the industry. Often this requires us to work with traditional suppliers to modify their current product line,

Global Challenge: Sparking the Next Agriculture Revolution

POSTED: 08/08/2019

Human progression has forever been linked to our ability to find ways to more efficiently feed ourselves. From hunter gatherer to agrarian to industrial and networked, each advancement in civilization has been led by technological advancement in agriculture.  For a historical perspective, in the United States in 1870, nearly 50% of

Top 5 EDI Documents For Manufacturing

POSTED: 05/17/2019

While Supply chains differ from one manufacturing company to the next, data still needs to be exchanged between suppliers, manufacturers, and customers. This is why Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is such a critical component of modern manufacturing. Electronic data interchange (EDI) is a document exchange process. It involves a company's entire digital

Top 10 Benefits Of IoT For Manufacturers

POSTED: 05/17/2019

Chances are you have come across the terms Internet of Things (IoT) or the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). These are networks of connected devices that communicate data to a central system in order to make sense of it all. These networks consist of connected edge devices, terminals, and machines

Are You at Risk of OSHA Citations for Robot Safety?

POSTED: 03/12/2019

Robots have been a part of the industrial landscape for decades. As the world of industrial automation progresses, the number of employees and robots working in close quarters with each other continues to grow. With the increase in automation and the use of mobile and industrial robots, regulations are being

Risk Assessment Methodology for Robots and Other Machines

POSTED: 03/12/2019

Assessing risk has always played a vital role in the development and implementation of industrial machinery. Industrial robots, in particular, and other machinery are evolving, and therefore so are the needs and regulatory requirements for the identification and understanding of the risks involved in working with these machines. Thanks to

Heriot-Watt Laser System Facilitates Breakthrough In Welding Technology

POSTED: 03/06/2019

The manufacturing industry has experienced a recent breakthrough in welding technology thanks to the efforts of scientists from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. The new Heriot-Watt laser system facilitates the fusing of metal and glass together. These two materials are difficult to join due to their strikingly disparate thermal properties. The

Automate 2019 | Automation And Robotics

POSTED: 03/05/2019

Don't miss this automation event in Chicago, IL April 8-11. Automate 2019 will deliver insights, education and networking opportunities surrounding automation in all its forms. Encompass Solutions will exhibit at Booth #9245 (www.automateshow.com/exhibitors/encompass-solutions)  and deliver an introductory breakout session on automation and robotics (www.encompass-inc.com/automation-and-robotics-presentation-automate-2019) with steps you can take now toward implementing in your facility.

Steelworker Strike Averted With Tentative Agreement

POSTED: 10/16/2018

On Monday it was announced that a U.S. Steel and United Steelworkers Union deal has been reached as a “tentative agreement”. The consensus has helped to avoid a steelworker strike that would involve more than 14,000 steelworkers in tubular operations, domestic flat-rolled steel, and ore mining facilities throughout the eastern

Visit Encompass Solutions At Booth #33 For Georgia Manufacturing Summit 2018

POSTED: 09/25/2018

We’re excited to announce that Encompass Solutions will be exhibiting our consulting expertise, business services, and Epicor ERP solutions at the annual Georgia Manufacturing Summit 2018 on October 10th at the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta, Georgia. Join us for a day of learning, networking, and discovery into what the latest

Celebrate Manufacturing Day 2018

POSTED: 09/25/2018

If you haven’t heard of Manufacturing Day, the series of events is designed as a celebration of modern manufacturing and serves to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Talks, open houses, and guided tours of manufacturing facilities across the country take place on the first Friday in October. This year, Manufacturing


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