Case Study: Whippany Actuation Systems

Posted by Emmet Cole on Apr 28, 2016 7:00:00 AM

When Whippany Actuation Systems experienced increased demand for specialized parts, they needed to increase productivity. Quickly. The company – a manufacturer of rotary and linear electrochemical actuation systems for the aerospace and defense industries– and its 170 employees faced some important choices: buy a new CNC machine, outsource the work, or introduce automation. Read more to learn what they chose to do.

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Topics: robotics, manufacturing, automation, UR, cnc machine

Why You Should Set Your Robot Payload ?

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Jan 18, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Payload, grip force, weight, reach are all data that are used to describe and differentiate robots from each other. Payload is mostly used to determine the weight that the robot can carry through space. However, in order to enhance your robot program, you may want to fine tune your robot payload. Here's why.

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Topics: collaborative robots, manufacturing, universal robots, automation, programming, robot program, payload

Five Predictions for Robotics In 2016

Posted by Emmet Cole on Jan 4, 2016 11:17:11 AM

 It takes a lot of courage to make predictions about the future.

It takes even more courage to make exact predictions about the future.

But it takes the most courage to make exact predictions about the future of a fast-moving space like robotics.

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Topics: collaborative robots, robotics, manufacturing, driver-less car, robots

Soon Countries Won’t Compete for Cheap Labor; But Robotics - What's New in Robotics this Week - Oct 09

Posted by Emmet Cole on Oct 9, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Why robotics is so important to manufacturing; why Japan is well positioned to benefit from widespread automation; why an AI system scoring at the level of a four year old child is not a disappointment; and more...

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Topics: robotics, manufacturing, robot, drones, robotic news, whats new in robotics

How to Integrate Your First Robot (Part 3/3 Lack of Technology)

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Jul 29, 2015 10:12:23 AM

As a wrap up of our past two blog posts on the different tools to use to integrate your first robot, the following article talks about the third point outlined in this series: The gap that exist between manufacturers according to the robotic technology they employ. In fact, as most people in manufacturing do not have a robotic background it might at first seem to be scary to get into this topic. But, here are a couple of tricks to close this gap. 

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Topics: manufacturing, lean manufacturing, robotic integration, advanced manufacturing, manufacturing process, robot manufacturer, robotic automation, robotic technology

How to Integrate Your First Robot (Part 1/3 Lack of Time)

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Jul 29, 2015 9:43:08 AM

The Danish Technological Institute (DTI) has recently led a study to evaluate what was the gap between manufacturers and their lack of automation. As some experts say, more than 80% of manufacturing jobs can be automated, yet only small part of them are being automated presently. At the end of the day, people that are interested in integrating robots (or any type of automation really) need tools to do so. Here are a couple of tips to help integrate your first robot in your manufacturing plant. 

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Topics: collaborative robots, manufacturing, robotic integrator, manufacturers, robotic investment, collaborative cell, robotic machine tending, robotic integration, manufacturing process, collaborative applications

Increasing Robot Park Size May Increase Employee Numbers Too!

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Jan 21, 2015 2:31:00 PM

In North America robots have generally been seen as scary for shop floor workers. Some of them are afraid that robots will steal their jobs. I am not saying that job relocation as a result of automation doesn't happen. In some cases, companies can be badly structured and the introduction of robots results in job lost.  In the following example though, this company has expanded from 0 to 42 robots and has hired 50 new employees during the same time span. 

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Topics: manufacturing, universal robots, human-robot collaboration

Machining with Industrial Robots

Posted by Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette on Nov 23, 2014 8:08:00 AM

The machining world has been using robots for a little while. Mostly to do machine tending. Although, with a lot of technological progress, industrial robots are now ready to do machining. In fact, with processes that must deal with more crazy shapes and differing rigidities, an industrial robot can be a great alternative. 

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Topics: force-torque sensor, collaborative manufacturing, manufacturing, machine tending, cnc machining, vision system

Robobusiness 2014: What is Advanced Manufacturing with Robots?

Posted by Samuel Bouchard on Oct 23, 2014 9:34:00 AM

Recently, during Robobusiness, a Workshop on Advanced Manufacturing was held. As a sponsor of the event, we've put together a little video with some sequences coming from our customers to ask the question: "What is advanced manufacturing?" Is it experts pushing he boundaries of robotics? Or is it making robots accessible for everyone? In fact, the workshop answered mostly the latter question. Many discussions seemed like a flashback from the recent RIA Collaborative Robot Workshop. Here are a few notes and afterthoughts.

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Topics: robotics, manufacturing, Robotics Trends, Robobusiness, advanced manufacturing

Robotics Testbed for Manufacturing - NIST

Posted by Olivier Grenier-Lafond on Sep 19, 2014 2:40:00 AM

What is flexible grasping and manipuation? Can you benchmark flexibility to compare different approaches? These are fundamental questions being studied at NIST, the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The NIST robotics' testbed for manufacturing consists of several labs located in three buildings on the main NIST campus. Combined, these serve as a resource for research in robotics for advanced manufacturing and material handling.

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Topics: collaborative robots, flexible robot gripper, manufacturing, 3-Finger Adaptive Gripper


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