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Collaborative Robot

Rethink Robotics (Boston, MA) introduced Sawyer, a smart collaborative robot designed to execute machine tending, circuit board testing, and other precise tasks. The robot modifies its behavior to respond to changing and unexpected conditions on the plant floor. The robot weighs 19 kg (42 lbs.), and features 7 degrees of freedom with a 1260-mm reach that can maneuver into the tight spaces and varied alignments of work cells designed for humans. Its compliant motion control allows it to “feel” its way into fixtures or machines, even when the position varies slightly. The robot’s precision is ±.1 mm in semi-structured environments. An embedded vision system uses a head camera for wide-view applications and a Cognex camera in its wrist. The robot features a face screen to help it communicate with co-workers, and a train-by-demonstration user interface.

Posted in: Products, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Machinery & Automation, Robotics

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Manufacturing Connectivity

Sandvik Coromant (Fair Lawn, NJ) introduced the CoroPlus™ platform for connecting manufacturing tools and software. The platform gives users access to product and application data through connected software and hardware from pre- to post-machining. Sensor-equipped tools let users adjust, control, and monitor machining performance in real time. The entire machine shop can be controlled via on-site data dashboards, through the cloud, and via integration with the user’s software and machine environment. The platform connects into existing software environments through open APIs, offering two-way connectivity.

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Part Positioners

Yaskawa Motoman (Dayton, OH) expanded its line of RM2 ferris wheel-style robotic part positioners. The positioners have two servo-driven trunnion/station axes on opposite sides of a central “sweep” axis. One station is positioned in front of one to four welding robots, while the other station is outside the robot envelope where the operator loads/unloads parts. The 180° sweep axis rotates the stations over/under the central axis between the robot(s) and the operator. Slim-Line positioner models have a 17% smaller width than standard positioners, and are available with 755-kg and 1,255-kg payload capacities. Extra-large-capacity positioners were designed to provide higher payloads and turning diameters in a reduced profile, and feature 1,555-kg and 2,355-kg payload capacities.

Posted in: Products, Industrial Controls & Automation, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Machinery & Automation, Robotics

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Optical Encoders

MICROMO (Clearwater, FL) announced the FAULHABER high-precision IER3 and IERS3 optical encoders. Both encoders deliver two-channel quadrature signals and an additional index signal. They can position a FAULHABER micro DC motor or brushless DC servomotor with a typical accuracy of 0.1° to 0.3°. The encoders combine the LED, photodetectors, analysis unit, and interpolation levels on one chip. They lengthen motors by 15.5 to 18.5 mm. Both encoders are also available with line drivers that generate complementary output signals and make data transmission resistant to electrical interference, especially in encoders with long connecting cables. The IER3 encoder has a resolution of up to 10,000 lines per revolution, and achieves an angular resolution of 0.009° with the evaluation of 40,000 edges per revolution. The IERS3-500 provides resolutions of 250 and 500 lines per revolution.

Posted in: Products, Electronics & Computers, Motors & Drives, Optical Components, Optics

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Product of the Month: December 2016

ANSYS AIM 17.2 simulation software from ANSYS, Pittsburgh, PA, features combined fluid thermal and solid thermal-stress capabilities. Momentum and heat sources are available for fluid and conjugate heat transfer analysis, enabling simulations to include such features as electronic package power sources, fans, and filters. New options for optimizing bolted connections allow engineers to model loading and bolt tightening sequences for structural assemblies. Integrated geometry modeling enables users to open data from any CAD system for simulation. Automated meshing tools allow rapid generation of meshes for complex geometries. A flow solution evaluates parameters such as reducing pressure drop, calculating lift and drag coefficients, and evaluating fluid loads. Other features are stress, vibration, and durability analysis; electromagnetic simulation; and simulation of polymer extrusion manufacturing.

Posted in: Products, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Software

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Pressure Transducers

Mouser Electronics, Mansfield, TX, offers TE Connectivity’s MEAS Microfused M5600 and UltraStable U5600 wireless pressure transducers. The 24-bit, analog-to-digital converter (ADC), pressure and temperature sensors provide wireless remote process control and monitoring through Bluetooth 4.0 communication. Forged in a stainless steel and polycarbonate enclosure, the weatherproof transducers measure liquid, gas, and difficult high-pressure mediums in harsh industrial environments.

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Force Sensors in Robotic Design

From the operating room to the manufacturing floor, the robotic industry continues to grow and mature. As demand for robotic devices increases, so do the technology requirements.

Posted in: White Papers, White Papers, Machinery & Automation, Robotics, Data Acquisition, Sensors, Test & Measurement

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