Manufacturing & Prototyping

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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Adhesives and Joining Methods in Land Transportation

The first in a three-part series, this White Paper discusses adhesives and joining methods in land transportation.Topics covered include: Common joining methods Joining considerations and reliability factors Materials use and dissimilar materials considerations Land transportation market – growth, drivers, applications Regulatory requirements

Posted in: White Papers, Green Design & Manufacturing, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Coatings & Adhesives, Materials

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Automakers Use 3D Printing to Reap Benefits of Lower-Cost Tooling and More Efficient Assembly

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, has existed since the 1980s, but has recently been more widely adopted. In the span of a decade, 3D printers have moved from an optional piece of equipment for producing relatively simple prototypes, to an absolute necessity — one that is transforming the automotive industry in fundamental ways, This white paper highlights 3D printing applications in automotive today, and what’s coming tomorrow.

Posted in: White Papers, White Papers, Automotive, Manufacturing & Prototyping

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Optimizing Next-gen Machine Vision Platform To Enhance Automated Inspection

With machine vision’s development and growth in the Industry 4.0 environment, the higher computing performance becomes essential to acquire high resolution images at high speeds, and expanding FOV (field of view). The associated hardware must therefore significantly enhance reliability, to guarantee smooth operation of the production line. Read this white paper to know more about characteristics the next-gen machine vison platform need.

Posted in: White Papers, Imaging, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Machinery & Automation, Robotics

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Reducing Prototyping Costs with Rapid Overmolding

Prototyping overmolded parts using production grade materials is now easier with the recent launch of rapid overmolding services at Proto Labs. Using existing mold technology, you can get overmolded prototypes within days, allowing you to reduce design risk while accelerating development. Learn about key design considerations, material compatibility, and the differences (and similarities) between rapid overmolding and larger-scale production processes.

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