From two months to a few seconds: A brief overview of automotive robotic painting systems

Painting was one of the first applications for industrial robots, but it didn’t start well. 

When they were first introduced in the 1980s at General Motors’ Michigan plant, the robots initially painted each other, according to an article on industrial robot history, published on Robots.com.

The complexity of painting is probably under-estimated because humans can do such tasks with relative ease.  Continue reading From two months to a few seconds: A brief overview of automotive robotic painting systems

Arnold Automation becomes ‘first official distributor’ of Ready Robotics’ ‘robot for hire’

New business model allows companies of various sizes to buy or lease robots, says Ready Robotics

Arnold Automation, a newly created division of Arnold Packaging, says it has signed the first-ever distribution deal with Ready Robotics to distribute the TaskMate, Ready Robotics’ flexible automation platform.

The TaskMate can be quickly deployed in a wide variety of manufacturing environments and easily programmed to perform repetitive tasks.  Continue reading Arnold Automation becomes ‘first official distributor’ of Ready Robotics’ ‘robot for hire’

Epson to demonstrate newly launched T3 all-in-one SCARA robot at the Assembly Show

 

Epson Robots will be showcasing its newly launched T3 All-in-One SCARA robot at the manufacturing industry event The Assembly Show.

Epson says that as well as the T3, it will also showcase its “revolutionary” Flexion N2 6-Axis robot, as well as a selection of its leading 6-Axis and SCARA robots.

Additionally, Epson will lead a discussion on how to get started in robotics and automation.  Continue reading Epson to demonstrate newly launched T3 all-in-one SCARA robot at the Assembly Show

P4Q ‘increases productivity, improves part quality’ with Rethink’s Sawyer industrial robot

 

Rethink Robotics’ collaborative robot Sawyer is being utilised by Spanish electronics manufacturer to achieve higher levels of consistency

P4Q, a Spanish manufacturer of electronic products and systems, says it has increased production throughput by 25 percent by deploying smart, adaptable automation on the factory floor.

Rethink Robotics’ Sawyer is testing printed circuit boards and driving improvements in process consistency that are resulting in better part quality and overall production output, says the company.

P4Q has been looking to automate more of its factory for many years to improve efficiency and consistency, but traditional caged robots were unappealing due to high costs and employee safety concerns.  Continue reading P4Q ‘increases productivity, improves part quality’ with Rethink’s Sawyer industrial robot

Tesla finding manufacturing tough as it struggles with too many orders

 

The new Model 3 saloon car from Tesla is way too popular for its own good and the company is struggling to cope with the number of orders it’s being asked to deliver. 

Despite the “bottlenecks” in manufacturing, the electric carmaker says it is on course to sell 100,000 vehicles this year for the first time in its 14-year history.

And if things go to CEO Elon Musk’s forecasts, Tesla will be manufacturing 500,000 vehicles a year by the end of next year, according to Business InsiderContinue reading Tesla finding manufacturing tough as it struggles with too many orders

RIA partners with OSHA and NIOSH to create unpronounceable robot group

 

The Robotics Industries Association is partnering with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to create a new standards body for robotics and other relevant industries. 

RIA is the main industrial robotics association in the US and was established in 1974.

OSHA and NIOSH are both government agencies – OSHA is under the Department of Labour, and NIOSH is under the Department of Health and Human Services.  Continue reading RIA partners with OSHA and NIOSH to create unpronounceable robot group

Japanese companies prepare to bring forward new generation of humanoid collaborative robots capable of a variety of industrial work

 

There was a time when Japanese electronics companies were the Apples and Googles of the world, with everyone buying their products and talking about them in the media.

Many of those same formerly pre-eminent names today play second fiddle to the Silicon Valley tech giants.

But while they may not be discussed as much as they were in the past – and their products not as ubiquitous in the consumer market – Japanese companies still loom large in the industrial sector.  Continue reading Japanese companies prepare to bring forward new generation of humanoid collaborative robots capable of a variety of industrial work

Kinova Robotics launches beta version of Movo mobile robot

 

Kinova Robotics is set to offer consumers a new product line with the beta launch of Movo, a mobile manipulation platform designed to aid in the research and experimentation of mobile robotics.

Movo has been fully designed and developed using the Robot Operating System, along with MoveIt! and Gazebo, and offers an application programming interface that will provide researchers the most advanced functionality in all areas of robotics.

The new, feature-rich platform benefits from the low weight, low energy demand and compactness of Kinova’s world-renowned manipulators, combined with a powerful omnidirectional mobile system and fully integrated navigational system.  Continue reading Kinova Robotics launches beta version of Movo mobile robot

German robotics and automation industry set to break records and grow faster than previously expected

 

The German robotics and automation industry is growing at a faster rate than previously forecast, according to the VDMA, and will break records. 

The sector will reach €14 billion ($16.4 billion) annually for the first time, says the VDMA.

The VDMA is the German industrial association, said to be the largest in Europe, with more than 3,200 member companies from the mechanical and plant engineering sector.

The organisation has a section called VDMA Robotics + Automation, a specialist association with more than 270 members, which includes suppliers of components and systems from the areas of robotics, integrated assembly solutions, and industrial image processing.  Continue reading German robotics and automation industry set to break records and grow faster than previously expected

Fanuc selects Greenerd as tier 1 robot integrator

 

Fanuc has selected Greenerd as a tier 1 industrial robot integrator, according to Modern Machine Shop

Greenerd specialises in supplying hydraulic press technology.

The company is planning to showcase its latest innovations at the FabTech industry event this year.  Continue reading Fanuc selects Greenerd as tier 1 robot integrator

Yaskawa Motoman launches new software for robots and programmable logic controllers

 

Yaskawa Motoman has launched new software for robots and programmable logic controllers – the computing appliances connected to industrial robots.

The MLX300 software option is the newest generation of integration for Yaskawa robots and PLCs.

The MLX300 enables operators to control and program Yaskawa robots in a standard PLC programming environment, eliminating the need to learn a specific robot programming language, says the company.  Continue reading Yaskawa Motoman launches new software for robots and programmable logic controllers

Yaskawa partners with CommScope on advanced manufacturing technology centre in Belgium

 

CommScope, a provider of infrastructure solutions for communications networks, has opened a new advanced manufacturing technology centre at its Kessel Lo, Belgium site.

The centre will showcase a newly formed partnership with Yaskawa, one of the world’s largest industrial robot suppliers, to determine the feasibility of adding robot technology and greater automation to manufacturing processes.

The new Advanced Manufacturing Technology centre enables CommScope to develop automated manufacturing competencies and technology in a laboratory setting through cross-functional collaboration and partnerships with universities, knowledge partners and suppliers.  Continue reading Yaskawa partners with CommScope on advanced manufacturing technology centre in Belgium

Panasonic opens arc and laser welding technical centers in Michigan and Ohio

 

Panasonic has opened technical centers for arc and laser welding technologies in Farmington Hills, Michigan and Hilliard, near Columbus, Ohio.

Opening ceremonies were recently held in both locations for over 50 executives from the automotive and related industries.

Attendees experienced hands-on technology demonstrations, learned about future new product and technology introductions, and attended welding technology seminars during the course of the celebratory events.  Continue reading Panasonic opens arc and laser welding technical centers in Michigan and Ohio

IFR’s projected growth of collaborative robots market ‘in line’ with Universal expectations

 

The International Federation of Robotics’ new report into the global industrial robotics market predicts significant growth in the collaborative robotics segment.

Universal Robots is widely regarded as the market leader in collaborative robots, having been the first to launch such machines almost 10 years ago and having sold more than 10,000 units since.

Having started out in Denmark, Universal Robots is now part of the US industrial giant TeradyneContinue reading IFR’s projected growth of collaborative robots market ‘in line’ with Universal expectations

Kawasaki sells 2,000 duAro units in China, looking to sell even more robots amid labour shortages

 

Kawasaki Robotics has sold 2,000 units of its duAro dual-armed collaborative industrial robot in China, according to a report on Bloomberg.com

The company is now looking to increase sales to 5,000 units of duAro as the country’s industrial sector struggles with labour shortages.

As anomalous as it seems for a country with 1.4 billion people, China is facing labour shortages – believed to be caused by the one-child policy, introduced in 1979 when the country first started moving to a more capitalist-style economy.  Continue reading Kawasaki sells 2,000 duAro units in China, looking to sell even more robots amid labour shortages