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Industrial Robotics Editorials

Application: Safety

Beyond Price: Why Accessory Components are the Manufacturing Plant’s Unsung Heroes

POSTED: 10/29/2019

Price. When it comes to manufacturing application accessories, or more colloquially stigmatized as “commodity” goods – price is the gatekeeper. No matter what the value add or technology advantages a particular brand may be introducing to the market, those benefits fade to white noise with price as well as discount

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

ATEX Light Curtain for Paint Shop Applications

POSTED: 10/29/2019

The Leuze MLC520-EX2 safety light curtain is rated for Zone 2 and Zone 22 atmospheres which is approximately equivalent to the NFPA Class I Division II electrical rating or "Hazardous because flammable gases or vapors are present" but "only in abnormal conditions". This makes the advanced MLC520-EX2 light curtain a great

How Safe is your Safety Device?

POSTED: 10/29/2019

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

Benefit for Exports: Foreign Derived Intangible Income Deduction

POSTED: 07/16/2019

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has made C-Corporation status much more attractive to business owners, and the 21% flat tax rate has caused many to consider whether converting to a C-Corporation may be worth the switch. For some, however, the administrative burdens that come with incorporating don’t

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.

Virtual reality job trials for collaborative robots

POSTED: 10/30/2018

Robots seem a perfect match for many of the exacting, tedious, and repetitive jobs that occur on a construction site, and they can free up human workers to take on more complex tasks. However, introducing robots capable of nailing drywall or laying loads of brick can introduce unfamiliar dangers to

The Prosperity Chain: How Technology (and robots) Allow Us to Do Good

POSTED: 10/24/2018

There is much hype and debate in the media these days pitting robotics and automation against jobs. When someone worries about losing their job, it can cut to the core of their confidence and positive outlook in life. That is part of what makes this such a sensitive and complex


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