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A safety interlocking system is important for any robotic work cell. By incorporating hard stop and interlocking door safety features into your work cell, you are ensuring that no worker is going into the robot’s area when the robot is in operation. This, along with proper training, will keep your workers safe and free from robot-related injuries. So, what are these features? A hard stop feature is made up of a zone ring and two zone switches.

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Every robot needs preventative maintenance ensure top-level performance and consistency on the production line. When robots do not have regular preventative maintenance checks performed, it can cause parts and components to break down or malfunction, which can cause a slowdown or shutdown of your production. Industrial robots that are properly maintained can last for many years, even decades, before needing to be replaced.

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The importance of changing and maintaining the grease in your robot is similar to importance of changing the oil in your vehicle. Over time, oil and grease both break down, losing their viscosity and effectiveness in your robot/vehicle. You wouldn’t let your car run for a year or two on the same oil, just like you shouldn’t allow your robot to run two years with the same grease…unless you plan to buy a new robot every two years.

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  Safety equipment is an essential part of any robotic system or work cell to ensure the safety of your workers while your robot is in operation. There are a variety of safety options on the market today that will keep workers safe – physical barriers like fencing, arc glare and dividers, as well as invisible barriers like light curtains and area scanners. The most common safety option is a physical barrier like fencing, arc glare, or dividers.

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For over 60 years, AEC is a company that has been leading the way in plastics’ auxiliary innovation in the industrial world.  One of their areas of expertise is process cooling. The company’s process cooling systems are superior and ensure that industrial processes do not run above a certain temperature, which protects the integrity of the equipment. The AEC cooling towers are just one version of process cooling equipment that AEC provides.

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Scott Technology Ltd. is pleased to announce they have acquired 100% of the shares of Machinery Automation and Robotics ("MAR").  MAR is an established and very succesfful Australian automation and robotics company that is closely aligned to SCOTT, with products and markets that are complementary to SCOTT.

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When you are manufacturing parts made of metal plastic, the coating process can be one of the most important finishing applications on your production line. Motoman Robotics has taken this into account, and they have developed a line of coating robots that are able to provide manufacturers with a consistent coating that cuts down on waste and saves money. According to Motoman, their coating robot systems are flexible and perform at a high rate, while also increasing consistency and throughput.

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When processing meat, it is important to consider safety – both for the worker and for the consumer. Meat processing uses saws and other cutting tools that can be dangerous to workers, and human workers can contaminate meat if not processed quickly. The answer to both of these problems is the same – ABB meat processing automation. The meat is processed more quickly, and there is less human contact.   Speed is important when processing meat, but safety is more important.

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In the past, companies have used 5-axis laser cutting machines to perform all of their laser cutting applications. With the help of ABB Robotics, and their laser cutting software, manufacturers now have the option of purchasing a laser cutting robot that takes up much less space and can perform the laser cutting process in a fraction of the time. Laser cutting used to be a pain for manufacturers that had limited floor space.

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Precision is very important when it comes to the process of cutting meats, like pork and beef. Each part has to be cut a certain way, or it can ruin the aesthetic of that piece of meat and cause it to be marketed in a less expensive product. KUKA Robotics has developed an automation system for cutting pork sides that improves the cost effectiveness of the meat processing, as well as producing a higher quality cut of meat for the consumer.

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