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Understanding Human-machine Interfaces (HMIS)

An HMI could be used to replace physical inputs (such as buttons or switches) with virtual buttons on a user interface (UI). This can offer greater functionality and flexibility than a fixed control panel.

Benefits of Miniature Industrial Robots

Today’s industrial robot market is vast and diverse, featuring a broad range of different machines to fit various applications. One intriguing robotics subset that’s grown in popularity recently is miniature robots.

Reliable Quality Inspection of Plastics With Autonomous Machine Vision

Autonomous Machine Vision (AMV) is a new approach to quality assurance, designed to be more than automatic, but autonomous, from determining the ideal number of samples the system needs to learn the characteristics of an item.

10 Factors Warehouse Managers Should Consider for Goods-to-Person Fulfilment

In this article, let's dive deeper into how it works and what factors you should consider if you are thinking to switch to using the Goods-to-Person fulfillment model.

Why Use Offline Robot Programming Software and How to Get Started

If you have added manufacturing robots to your facility, you are already aware of the advantages they provide and the ROI. Robots do have a downside, however, when it comes to programming—most of the time, they must be offline to be updated or programmed.

Parcel: A Lower-Cost Way To Automate Last-Mile Delivery Hubs

Solving the challenge of the last mile using traditional methods, like human teams and traditional automation systems, can require a massive upfront investment of capital and time – and often isn’t enough to gain an edge in an already cutthroat market.

Could Cobots Be the Answer to the Welder Shortage?

The American Welding Society has predicted a deficit of 400,000 welders by 2024. According to specialist welding technologists K-TIG, a US welder’s skills are in such high demand they can demand a salary of $100,000.

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4 Amazing Advancements in Robotic Grippers to Keep an Eye On

As manufacturing sectors of all kinds struggle with a growing labor gap, these collaborative grip designs can help streamline facility workflows, reducing the labor necessary to complete tasks while keeping the facility flexible and adaptable.

How Implementing Robotics Affects Business Insurance

Insurance can generate high costs, with general liability alone costing businesses a median of $500 a year. If robots can reduce premiums and claims, it would make a strong argument in their favor.

Contamination-free automation

Like any mechanism, robots can shed particles from belts, gasses from hoses and dust particles from the movement of the end effectors. It is this particle disbursement that can be the critical issue for clean room robotics.

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Honeywell Introduces New Robotic Technology To Help Warehouses Boost Productivity, Reduce Injuries

-- Smart Flexible Depalletizer minimizes the need for manual labor in roles that carry risk or injury and are currently experiencing high turnover -- Solution offers the latest in machine learning and gripping technologies to help unload pallets without requiring any pre-programming or operator intervention -- Robotic technology will be showcased at PACK EXPO in Las Vegas Sept. 27-29

InOrbit Launches Free Edition to Democratize Robot Operations

Cloud-based software lets robot companies and those deploying robot fleets better manage and orchestrate their robots from anywhere in the world

UltraFlex performing induction annealing in less than 1 second at 1900°F (1037°C)

By using induction, the customer would not only achieve much improved time- an energy-efficiency for this process; he would also ensure high-quality and repeatable results, that are independent of the operator skills.

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PI USA - Difference between Gantry & Split-Bridge
PI USA - Difference between Gantry & Split-Bridge

PI USA - Difference between Gantry & Split-Bridge

A traditional gantry system employs X-Y or X-Y-Z range of motion. Mounted on a base plate, usually granite, 2 parallel rails constitute the synchronized Y axis motion while the cross axis (bridge axis) provides the X motion. A vertical axis can be added on the bridge for the Z motion. A Split Bridge system can be less complex than a traditional gantry system because synchronization of the two parallel linear motors is not required. Both systems are used in industrial production, testing, and additive manufacturing.

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MVTec LLC

MVTec is a leading international manufacturer of software for machine vision used in all demanding areas of imaging like the semi-conductor industry, inspection, optical quality control, metrology, medicine or surveillance. In particular, software by MVTec enables new automation solutions in settings of the Industrial Internet of Things. MVTec is the developer and vendor of the general purpose machine vision software products HALCON and MERLIC.