Proven Quality at High Speed

Cognex_8405_InHand_Right_VideoManufacturing is a really crowded field. And we’re not even talking about the competition. Many factories are very crowded places where manufacturers who are trying to keep their costs down make the absolute most of the real estate they must pay for. The challenge is when a more efficient way of doing things comes along, and the carefully constructed labyrinth of equipment needs to be adjusted to accommodate the new process or technology.

In such a case, smaller is almost always better. And when you’re talking about manufacturing, as long as you maintain your quality and efficiency standards, faster is also almost always better. Enter the new, tiny In-Sight® Micro 8000 series – a new family of ultra-compact, stand-alone smart camera vision systems that deliver proven industry-leading vision tool performance at PC speeds.

The small size combined with Power over Ethernet (PoE) minimizes cabling and allows the vision system to integrate into tight or hard-to-reach machinery at any spot on the production line. Using the reinvented PatMax RedLine pattern matching, the 8000 series reduces cycles times and increases throughput while maintaining inspection accuracy.

Watch the In-Sight 8405 in action to find out more.

Pick-Up or Delivery?

MiR200Worry-free, never-get-lost, in-plant logistics – No need to hire a smarter delivery intern with this safe and smart transportbot.  It never stops at the water cooler, and you can deliver documents, boxes of documents, parts or whatever you can think of… because it can pull over 1,100 lbs – much more than the delivery intern.

The newly released MiR200 effectively, quickly and cost-effectively automates transport tasks anywhere in your plant, freeing up employees for higher value activities. This transportbot safely moves around people and obstacles and can be easily programmed from your smartphone, tablet or computer – no prior programming experience needed.

The updated robot features customizable dashboards, easier mapping and robot task creation, responsive web design and comprehensive browser support. The MiR200 transports payloads up to 440 lbs. (220 kg) and tows carts up to 1,102 lbs. (500 kg). Top modules can be customized to fit bins, racks, lifts, conveyors or even collaborative robot arms, making it highly flexible for any task that would have required employees to spend time making deliveries or pushing carts.

There is no need to alter your facility or hire engineers to operate the mobile robot. Companies with no prior experience can program the robot themselves and alter its deployment as their business evolves. Built-in sensors and cameras enable the MiR200 to identify its surroundings and travel the most efficient route to its destination. By putting the new MiR200 to work in your facility, you can eliminate excess material flow bottlenecks and increase productivity with an ROI in as little as one year – even in very dynamic environments.

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Leading the Manufacturing Revolution

VSGImagine having a highly adaptable robot worker that is deployable to multiple tasks in multiple work cells each day.  That sets the steady cadence for other line workers, and now which has task specific “hands” at a click.  All it takes is a matter of seconds to optimize this robot’s agility.

Rethink Robotics® has recently released their own ClickSmart™ family of gripper kits. When combined with the collaborative robot, Sawyer™ powered by Intera™ software, the ClickSmart gripper kits provide fully integrated deployment, saving time and money.

The ClickSmart Plate, the foundation of the gripper kit family, features a quick release mechanism that facilitates rapid changing of End of Arm Tooling (EOAT) without any additional tools in a matter of seconds. The configuration of the attached EOAT is stored in the ClickSmart Plate’s embedded memory module so the type of end effector is recognized immediately when attached to any robot running the Intera 5 software.

These plug and play grippers greatly reduce custom design costs and enable fast deployment. There are five selections of gripper kits, each ideally suited for a range of applications including CNC machining, metal fabrication, packaging, PCB handling, molding operations, line loading, test and inspection.

No other project you choose will empower your people, and impact your productivity, with a faster ROI than Sawyer.

Collaborative Robot to Orchestrate Entire Work Cell

Sawyer Intera 5Rethink Robotics® announced this week an upgrade to Intera™, the train-by-demonstration software platform that drives their collaborative robot Sawyer™. Intera 5 connects all other equipment to the robot controller, simplifying automation and enabling the fastest, easiest deployment.

“With the introduction of Intera 5, we’ve created the world’s first smart robot that can orchestrate the entire work cell, removing areas of friction and opening up new and affordable automation possibilities for manufacturers around the world,” explains Scott Eckert, president and CEO, Rethink Robotics. “Intera 5 is driving immediate value while helping customers work toward a smart factory, and providing a gateway to successful industrial internet of things (IIoT) for the first time.”

Manufacturers now have access to data that wasn’t available before, improving metrics for downtime, throughput, cycle time, and equipment effectiveness. With the single robot controller, users can coordinate conveyors, equipment and other machines all at once, decreasing the need for complex, time-consuming automation options.

Watch the demonstration video below to see how Intera 5 uses embedded cameras and force features to inspect multiple points on a piece of equipment, how the robot is easily trained by demonstration within minutes, and how Sawyer can pick and place parts from a random array into a pattern.

World’s First Collaborative SCARA Robot

The lightweight PF400 collaborative SCARA robot from Precise Automation is ideal for applications needing quiet, smooth operation, limited floor space or high safety requirements. The collaborative robot can operate side-by-side with human workers without safety shields. Motions by the PF400 robot will not hurt individuals even if they collide at full speed due to the robot’s intrinsic safety features.

All controllers and harnesses for the PF400 are built inside the robot structure, resulting in a small footprint that’s also easy to set up and can be lifted by a single person. The robot can be mounted on a table and is ready to operate by simply plugging into a standard outlet and adding Ethernet for connectivity to other devices.

Watch the video below or visit our Precise Automation page to learn more.

More Energy Savings with Expanded VSD+ Technology

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GA VSD+ Compressors

Atlas Copco has recently expanded their VSD+ technology to the complete range of GA oil-injected rotary screw compressors, previously only available on the G 7-37 compressor model. All pack and full feature versions worldwide now include the variable speed drive plus technology, enabling 50% more energy savings over traditional compressors.

VSD compressors already cut significant energy costs since they only run at the required speed. VSD+ compressors offer even more energy savings and decreased operational costs with their iPM motor, new compression element and sentinel valve. The GA VSD+ series also offers a smaller footprint than VSD compressors as well as the lowest noise levels in the industry.

Contact HTE to learn more about Atlas Copco Air Compressors, including their GA oil-injected series… all offered now with VSD+ technology.

Epson’s Newly Released 6-Axis Robots

Epson Robots, a global leader in robotic technology and precision factory automation, has recently released their C8-Series of 6-axis robots. Built for applications requiring maximum flexibility in tight spaces, the C8-Series offers more reach, faster speeds and more payload in a SlimLine design.

EpsonC8SeriesThe C8-Series robots have industry-leading cycle times (faster than many SCARA competitor models) with maximum payloads of 8Kg and up 1400mm of reach. The superior motors and servo controls enable fast, precise motion on a smooth path. EPSON’s equipped Residual Vibration Technology uses their QMEMS sensors to detect and adjust for vibration automatically, maximizing speed and accel/decal rates. Epson C8-Series robots feature their RC700-A controller that enables ease of use and reliability. Integrated options, including Vision Guidance, Conveyor Tracking and more, maximize performance and reduce development time.

Like the previously-released C4-Series, the C8-Series features Epson’s SlimLine design, resulting in slimmer arms, less weight and a small footprint while still maintaining high performance and payloads. The compact body and wrist design of these C8/C8L/C8XL models allows for a greater range of motion and the ability to reach confined and restricted work areas. They can access spaces from many angles, continuing to operate with smooth motion and fast speeds.

Epson’s C8-Series robots provide superior performance for demanding, complex applications ranging from component handling to machine loading/unloading to product assembly. The robots are ideally suited for industries including Automotive, Medical, Plastics, Pharmaceutical, Aerospace and more.

In addition to these 6-axis robots, Epson Robots provides easy to use SCARA and Linear/Cartesian models on a common controls platform. Visit our Epson or Robots pages to learn more.

Sawyer at Work: Packaging

Sawyer™, the newest collaborative robot from Rethink Robotics®, is perfectly suited for repetitive, monotonous packaging applications. Packaging tasks involve frequent changes on the line and in the plant, so robot flexibility is crucial. With market changes including decreased batch sizes, increased product diversification and higher traceability demands, Sawyer’s agility during production is necessary to maintain customer satisfaction.

A cost-effective and high performance automation solution, Sawyer is the ideal tool for packaging raw materials and finished items in many different containers and configurations. Its patented compliant motion control technology allows the robot to adapt to changing factory conditions or semi-structured environments. Workers can quickly and easily train Sawyer for new packaging tasks when production demands change.

In the following video, watch the ease at which Sawyer alters its end-effectors for the different materials in this packaging application.

Dorner Conveyor Configurator

Simplify your conveyor design with the D Tools Configurator from Dorner Conveyor. This online configurator tool helps you design simple conveyors or complete conveyor packages. The tool walks you through each design aspect, including motor placement, belt type, speed, environment and more.

It’s now easier than ever to specify the conveyor design you need. Get more details in the video below.

Dorner’s Redesigned 2200 Series Belt Conveyors

Dorner Conveyor has recently released their new 2200 series of belted conveyors. Featuring updated frame widths, new belt options and accessories, universal T-slots and a high-speed nose bar transfer option, the redesigned conveyors are more flexible, faster and stronger than ever before.

Designed to handle small to medium part applications, the 2200 series conveyors feature a single piece frame, come in several models and is compatible with Dorner’s recently released Universal Drive. The new series is ideal for small part transfers, precision part movement, part infeed and outfeed, and part accumulation for automated and manual assembly.

Watch the video below for more details on this redesign, or read the original release here.

Visit our Dorner Conveyor page for more types of manufacturing conveyors available.