Why Was This Man Smiling At AUTOMATICA 2014?

At this AUTOMATICA the hype theme was definitely collaborative robotics -- our robots can work alongside your human workers safely.

Cable Management Systems Do the Robot

Multi-axis, three-dimensional cable carriers for palletizing.

Tessel: A Microcontroller That Runs JavaScript

From tessel.io : Tessel is a microcontroller that runs JavaScript. It's Node-compatible and ships with Wifi built in. Use it to easily make physical devices that connect to the web. Programmable via JavaScript 14 different hardware modules for added capabilities Compatible with 10,000's of Node.js packages on NPM Deploy over USB or remotely by WiFi   180mhz ARM Cortex-M3 LPC1830 32mb SDRAM 32mb Flash TI CC3000 WiFi radio 20-pin GPIO bank for general prototyping Micro USB or battery power Starting at $99 (controller and one module)

Added Value From An Ejector With Integrated Controls?

Air-driven ejectors are gaining pace as the vacuum source for suction cup handling equipment on robots and special purpose machines (ex: case/carton erectors, de-stackers, unloading equipment, etc.)

Inductive Linear Sensors

Today's applications require their sensor's feedback in much quicker intervals. The faster the response, the faster the production or through put of work, which results in a low cost per unit or operation.

Design With Touchless Rotary Sensors

Touchless rotary sensors are position sensors that use a position marker attached to an application's rotating part plus a sensor to measure the marker's angle.

Why I Automate: Engineered Machined Products, Inc.

Like any small company introducing change into their operations, some employees feared that automation may take their jobs. But at EMP, the opposite was true. "We've seen jobs grow, and that's very important; not only for this community, but for the State of Michigan,"

Festo's FAST Program

The FAST™ Program is a group of close to 2,000 products that can be utilized in many automation applications that we guarantee to ship within 1, 3, or 5 days, depending on the configuration.

Cable Carriers for Rotary Applications

Here are three different types of rotary applications and the cable carrier system used for each.

How Trends in Electronics are Affecting Connectors

New smaller and more portable electronics in aerospace, defense, and other stressful environments, like those encountered in robotics and oil exploration, are resulting in changing demands and designs of electronic connector systems.

International Paper Saves Labor Costs, Improves Reliability, Quality and Work Flow

Downtime near zero vs. extended downtime of former gantry system.

What to Look for When Specifying a Robot Cable

In order for a cable to withstand repeated torsional movement, it's necessary for the cable to have a special design. It's important that the conductors, shield construction and jacket materials of the cable compensate for major changes in bending load and diameter.

Robotic Welding Series: Robotic Flexibility Can Open Up Opportunities For Job Shops

This is the final installment of a 4-part series by KC Robotics about the automated arc welding industry.

Interview with Jim Gruszczynski of Nabtesco Motion Control

In the near future the more advanced the equipment becomes we must produce more skilled labor. This is great benefit to the US in that companies themselves will be helping educate their employees and improving the workforce.

Robotic Welding Series: Pre-engineered Cells Cut Through Economics of Automation

This is the third of a 4-part series by KC Robotics about the automated arc welding industry.

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Dynatect Automated Machine Safety Door

Dynatect Automated Machine Safety Door

Dynatect's Gortite VF (Vertical Fabric) Automated Machine Safety Door is intended for automation and safe machine access to minimize cycle time and maximize production time. The automated roll-up door separates machines with hazardous operations from other processes, material handling equipment, and people. The Gortite VF Door contains typical machine/process generated hazards including light debris, fluid splatter/mist, and weld smoke/sparks/flash.