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Published: 10/10/2017

Software Enables Robot Control, Programming Using PLC
The MLX300 software option integrates Yaskawa robots and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) by enabling operators to control and program robots in a standard PLC programming environment, eliminating the need to learn a specific robot programming ...

Published: 10/10/2017

Tool-Loading Robot Uses Machine’s CNC Software
ANCA’s custom industrial robot loader is designed to be a low-cost solution for tool loading.

Published: 10/9/2017

Variable Frequency Drives Provide Ethernet Connectivity
Mitsubishi Electric Automation has introduced Ethernet-connected versions of its FR-A800 and FR-F800 variable frequency drives (VFDs) enabling direct connection to automation equipment and plant information management systems.

Published: 10/6/2017

System Pairs Multiple Machines with Pallet Stocker
Mazak has developed the Mazatec SMS (Smart Manufacturing System) enabling unattended, lights-out manufacturing and high output, as well as Industrial Internet of Things connectivity.

Published: 9/21/2017

Gripper Kits Ease Creation of Custom End-of-Arm Tooling
Rethink Robotics has released the ClickSmart series, a solution for end-of-arm tooling that incorporates smart sensing and rapid swapping capabilities.

Published: 9/7/2017

Autonomous Mobile Platform Optimizes Smart Factory Logistics
Comau has commercialized an automated guided vehicle (AGV) platform that is said to be flexible enough to be deployed across a range of manufacturing scenarios.

Published: 8/31/2017

Collaborative Robots Load, Unload Machines Without Need for Barriers
Westec 2017: FANUC America will demonstrate machine load/unload with its CR-7iA table-top size collaborative robot equipped with iRVision.

Published: 8/23/2017

Automated Pallet-Handling System Offers More Control, Adaptation
Makino has introduced a new design configuration for its MMC2 automated pallet-handling system, which enables full compatibility with the company’s a61nx-5E five-axis horizontal machining center.

Published: 8/22/2017

All-in-One Work-Handling System Moves Workpieces Weighing 450 kg
Hermle’s HS Flex work-handling system is designed as one complete unit to fit the C 250 and C 400 machining centers of the company’s Performance line, and the C 12, C 22, C 32 and C 42 models of the High Performance line.

Published: 8/17/2017

Robot Arm, Software Functions in Semi-Structured Environment
Westec 2017: Universal Robots will demonstrate its UR5 robot arm with Actin simulation software, part of the company’s Universal Robots+ platform featuring plug-and-play products for its robot arms.