Featured in this issue:      Reis Robotics USA, Inc.  |  Clear Automation, LLC  |  Stäubli Corporation  |  igus® inc.  |  Visumatic Industrial Products  |  MICROMO
 
22 August 2014
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Smooth Movers
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Smooth Movers
 
Acceleration requires energy — sometimes lots of it. Cut robot energy usage by 50% by optimizing robot trajectories for energy efficiency. Optimized trajectories typically involve curved paths, which smooth out jerky direction changes. These paths also reduce wear and tear on the joints and mechanical parts. There are plans to modify the simulation algorithms to work on existing industrial robots. For information on other efforts to improve robot energy efficiency, see this archived article.
 
 
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Reis and KUKA Laser Hybrid Welding
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Reis and KUKA Laser Hybrid Welding
Reis Robotics USA, Inc.
 
Welding fast and deep in one operating step, laser hybrid welding combines the advantages of laser and MAG welding into a common process. Increasing weld speed considerably with resulting in very little distortion by a minimized heat affected zone. The weld seams excel by very good metallurgical and mechanical properties.
 
 
 
 
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Program Execution Excellence Through Verification Management
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Attend this Webinar to learn how to achieve consistent program execution excellence through Verification Management. Participants will learn how to ensure all verification events are driven by requirements, planned and executed in the correct sequence, and individual tests are linked to the necessary resources, providing full traceability. With the ability to re-use verification procedures and results, Verification Management helps you reduce costs, improve product quality, and deliver programs on-time and on-budget. Register today for Webinar access.
 
 
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Industrial Robots . . .
 
 
Don't Fall for These!
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Make the most of your robotic welding system by banishing myths from your organization's corporate knowledge. This article describes five myths and their corresponding best practices — from preventing burnback to the best way to spool up after a system crash. Following these practices will increase your company's productivity and quality.
 
 
 
 
LOSTPED Keeps You From Getting Lost
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LOSTPED Keeps You From Getting Lost
 
Robot experts recommend using the acronym LOSTPED — load, orientation, speed, travel, precision, environment, and duty cycle — when selecting from the abundance of robot models. This approach helps keep companies, particularly small and mid-sized companies, from getting lost in the array of choices. Using LOSTPED, decision makers can determine the type of robot that fits the application, minimizes the cost, and allows for expansion of capabilities.
 
Programming & Controls . . .
 
Learning to Play Nice
 
"Baxter the Robot is getting better at playing with others." The robot learns by demonstration and remembers previous tasks, even after learning new ones. Baxter's expressive eyes might be its most useful training feature — they are used to convey intent and understanding to its human coworkers. A recent platform upgrade has improved safety, simplified training input, and doubled the robot's speed.
 
 
 
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Catch This!
 
"Programming by demonstration" is a robot method of learning that is similar to the human method of trial and error. It involves moving the robot through the task a few times; the robot learns and adapts from there. A new robot arm uses this method to learn to catch a variety of irregularly shaped objects in mid-flight.
 
 
 
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Optimize Cycle Times — Decrease Production Downtime
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Optimize Cycle Times — Decrease Production Downtime
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Robotic tool changers — light duty and heavy payload tool changers. Stäubli's robotic tool changers bring easy-to-use yet powerful automation and optimum productivity to a wide range of applications, from light duty to heavy payload. User intervention is restricted, optimizing cycle times, and keeping production downtime to a minimum.
 
 
 
 
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Protect Your Cables
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Camera placement and cable management are key components of vision guided robotics (VGR) systems. Fixed-mount cameras can cost more initially, but they can also improve total system speed. Arm-mounted cameras give the most flexibility; however, cable management is critical. "It's not unheard of for a $300,000 cell to go down because of a $300 cable." Learn about cable management solutions for different applications from the experts.
 
 
 
 
When One Vacuum Cup Isn't Enough
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When One Vacuum Cup Isn't Enough
 
Bread is soft, delicate, and non-uniform — problematic characteristics for grippers. A freshly patented tool is able to pick up a variety of baked goods. The secret is tightly packed vacuum cups, 128 in all, that can be independently controlled. A single air line feeds 8 manifolds, each with 16 valves. Since no tool changes are needed, production rates increase.
 
Robotic Safety . . .
 
Plastics Production Requires Special Safety Savvy
 
Robots have been involved in plastics production for a while, and safety standards are beginning to catch up. American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has revised two standards, making "significant and substantive changes from the previous editions." Checkout both new standards, ANSI/SPI B151.27-2013 for injection molding and ANSI/SPI B151.20-2013 for plastic sheet production.
 
 
 
Plastics Production Requires Special Safety Savvy
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The Worldwide Puzzle of Safety Standards
 
Robots that meet global safety standards can be sold anywhere in the world, but not all standards are global. Many geographical regions have created their own standards — Canada, Europe, the U.S., Korea, and Japan are a few. Most regional standards have been harmonized with ISO (International Safety Organization) standards, but some differences remain. What are the standards and how do you find them?
 
 
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Fixed Systems and Robotics
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Fixed Systems and Robotics
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Fixed systems and robotics are turnkey, automated assembly machines that either require an operator to load/unload or are fully automatic with part ingress and egress systems. Typically, the operator loads the part into the fixtured system, and presses a button to initiate a quality controlled, automatic drive cycle. From Visumatic Industrial Products.
 
 
 
 
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Industry Standards . . .
 
 
Robotic Systems and Integration
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Robotic Systems and Integration
 
Part 2 of ISO 10218 specifies safety requirements for the integration of robot systems and industrial manufacturing cells. In particular, the standard specifies requirements for the industrial robot system as part of an integrated manufacturing system.

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