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Zebra Study: Only 16% of Manufacturers Have Real-Time Visibility into Manufacturing Production

While digital transformation is a priority for manufacturers, achieving it is fraught with obstacles, including the cost and availability of labor, scaling technology solutions, and the convergence of information technology and operational technology (IT/OT).

Trained quickly, inspected swiftly - Handling and defect inspection of indexable inserts

The German medium-sized company has developed a fully automated handling and inspection system in which the DENKnet solution for AI-based image evaluation plays a decisive role and sets new standards in terms of performance, zero-defect production and speed.

Making “cheddar” with industrial automation - Achieving 83 per cent waste reduction in food manufacturing

Ultrasonic uses energy from microscopic vibrations of a blade to pass easily through the material and offers a more effective solution for cutting food products. When paired with automation, ultrasonic technology can deliver precise and accurate cutting for manufacturers.

Harvestance - Developing and Designing Vacuum Grippers for Production Line Robots

Harvestance has received numerous inquiries for the design and manufacture of customized, lightweight, and strong grippers for collaborative robots, aimed at automating production lines.

Painting Robots: Benefits, Applications, and Sourcing Tips

In this guide, we'll explore the benefits of using painting robots and their applications in various industries. Additionally, we'll guide you through the process of sourcing the right paint robot for your needs.

The Rise of Robot Machining: Unleashing the Future of Manufacturing

The integration of robotic technology into machining has been a game-changer for some manufacturers. No longer constrained by workspace size and CNC machine cost, there is almost no limit to the possibilities of robot machining.

Robotics Applications in Manufacturing and the Sensors Used for Maximum Efficiency

Autonomous industrial robots can increase production volumes exponentially, yielding high profits. The International Trade Administration has reported that increasing robot density by a small 1% among all industries can improve productivity by 0.8%.

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South Korea Tops in the Use of Robot Workers with 1,012 Installed Units Per 10,000 Employees

South Korea has Almost 7x more Robot Workers than the Global Average; the United States and Most European Countries are Far Behind

The future of manufacturing: How cobots can combine with robot offline programming and 3D simulation

Cobots need effective programming to fulfil their capabilities on the factory floor. Without it, manufacturers face a scenario where they can’t deploy them in the most pressing areas.

Solving the logistics labor puzzle: Choreographing a Tango of Robots and Human Labor in Warehouse Operations

The most pressing dilemma for the logistics industry is perhaps maximizing output levels that match consumer needs while not having enough employees taking up physically demanding tasks like parcel picking and sorting.

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Zion Solutions Group Joins Forces with Locus Robotics to Supercharge Warehouse Productivity

This collaboration leverages the Locus Global Alliance Network, a consortium of the warehouse industry's best and brightest, dedicated to propelling productivity and transforming supply chains with innovative robotics, service, and software solutions.

Coval upgrades its CVGC Carbon Vacuum Gripper with an even more versatile second generation

In 2019, COVAL launched its first CVGC carbon vacuum gripper, designed for collaborative robots, when the market was just beginning to exist. Today, in a market that is constantly expanding, COVAL is launching a second generation, optimizing its modularity and compatibility while simultaneously enhancing its performance.

GrayMatter Raises $45M Series B to Accelerate its Unique AI-Powered Robotics Solutions for Manufacturing's Hardest Problems and Unique Challenges

• In a $2.5+ trillion industry, GrayMatter continues to set new standards with a 2~4x improvement in production line productivity, 30% or more reduction in consumable waste, and a system availability of over 95%. • GrayMatter has a growing customer base across industries including aerospace & defense, specialty vehicles, maritime, metal fabrication, and consumer products such as sports equipment. • Led by Wellington Management, with participation from NGP Capital, Euclidean Capital, B Capital, and other existing investors, the new Series B funding brings the total amount raised to date to $70.4M.

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Discover how human-robot collaboration can take flexibility to new heights!
Discover how human-robot collaboration can take flexibility to new heights!

Discover how human-robot collaboration can take flexibility to new heights!

Humans and robots can now share tasks - and this new partnership is on the verge of revolutionizing the production line. Today's drivers like data-driven services, decreasing product lifetimes and the need for product differentiation are putting flexibility paramount, and no technology is better suited to meet these needs than the Omron TM Series Collaborative Robot. With force feedback, collision detection technology and an intuitive, hand-guided teaching mechanism, the TM Series cobot is designed to work in immediate proximity to a human worker and is easier than ever to train on new tasks.

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Dorner Mfg. Corp.

Founded in 1966 and based in Hartland, Wisconsin, Dorner is a privately held World Leader in the design, applications, manufacturing, and integration of conveyor systems. Companies from over 1,200 different industries worldwide turn to Dorner to achieve improved efficiency, productivity, and a positive ROI.