Tooling & Workholding
The next frontier for robotic automation is near human workers.
This shop justified the robot solely through improved use of labor. Other benefits came to light after the automation arrived.
Edited by Jedd Cole
Comau extends its range of high-payload robots with the Smart NJ 650, which features an elevated payload to meet the need for robots than can efficiently manipulate components of significant size and weight.
Motorcycle clutch maker developed the unit now offered by VersaBuilt for robot loading of both workpiece and workholding.
The software running this shop’s newest FMS from Fastems adds a layer of automation that enhances the inherent flexibility, productivity and effectiveness of lights-out operation. Dynamic job scheduling is the key.
Robots are being applied in machining applications not commonly associated with this level of automation.
Edited by Stephanie Monsanty
The latest version of ABB Robotics’ robot controller software, RobotWare 6, is said to offer increased flexibility and reliability, along with an extensive toolbox for developers and broad communications capabilities.