News and Features
DAYTON, OH — A new Quick Ship Program expedites delivery of Yaskawa Motoman’s most popular pre-configured ArcWorld and FabWorld robotic solutions. Five configurations are available with a targeted delivery of eight weeks after an order is received.
Although automating production is not in itself Lean manufacturing, the Lean process can be an inherent part of such operations. Automation can reduce waste, whether from idle spindle time, lost time during set-up or for loading and unloading work pieces. By implementing Lean practices in combination with automation, resourceful manufacturers can successfully compete by seeking new manufacturing opportunities. One key opportunity exists in manufacturing for the medical industry, where parts are often machined from challenging materials, in complex shapes and with extremely tight tolerances.
SICK (www.sickusa.com), producers of sensors and sensor solutions for industrial applications, and a market leader in factory and logistics automation as well as process automation, has announced it has appointed Craig S. Smith as president of SICK Ltd. in Canada.
Auburn Hills, MI – DE-STA-CO, a provider of robotic tooling, workholding, and flexible industrial automation solutions, has announced that John Podczerwinski has been appointed to the position of president, effective July 11, 2011.
ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. announced December 6th that one of its subsidiaries has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the majority of Assembly & Test Worldwide, Inc.'s U.S.-based and German automation and test systems businesses (collectively "ATW").
by Jerry Cook
When it became apparent that manually TIG welding parts was too slow and time consuming, Concord, ON-based Cleveland Range Ltd. decided to explore the potential offered by robotic MIG welding.
The new MH3BM robot is designed to handle drug dispensing and medical research applications, but is also compatible with applications outside the biomedical market, such as assembly, packaging and small parts handling.
Yaskawa Motoman announces new LabVIEW and ROS-Industrial support for the FS100 and DX100 controllers.
At Fabtech Canada, Motoman will demonstrate an HP20D robot equipped with Servo-Robot’s PowerTrak seam tracking system tracking a contoured part in real time.
Makino introduces the new MMC-R automation system for robotic fixture plate distribution in 4- and 5-axis horizontal and vertical machining centers. This new automation system is suited for high product mix, low volume production runs, enabling manufacturers to increase spindle use and reduce setup times.
The Motoman MA3100 “Master Arc” welding robot features an extended-reach arm that reduces the need for tracks. It is the longest robot arm designed for arc welding.
FANUC Robotics America demonstrates compact and flexible welding and material removal with the R-1000iA/80F high-speed, compact robot and dual ARC Mate 100iC welding robots with a two-axis positioner. The R-1000iA/80F is designed for spot welding and material handling processes.