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RobotWorx has been building robot systems for more than 20 years at its Marion, Ohio facility, but there is a large palletizing robot on the floor that is causing a lot of excitement. Unlike the other systems that have controller cabinet “brains”, the “brain” of this robot is completely controlled by one small blue box, which communicates with the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) to get things done.

When a used robot comes into RobotWorx, it has usually been in a factory for quite a while. For these used robots, RobotWorx becomes the fountain of youth, restoring them to their long forgotten glory. The road to redemption is not an easy one for these robots, but RobotWorx has a process that will make that road easy and painless. Every acquired robot that passes through the doors of RobotWorx gets a 168-point inspection.

Usually, when you buy something “As-Is,” you get just that – a product that may or may not work. No matter what, you have to deal with it – no apologies, no recourse and no returns. This is not the case when it comes to RobotWorx, a certified robotics integrator for several different robotic companies, including FANUC, Motoman, KUKA and ABB. With most companies, “As-Is” means that you take the robot as it is in the showroom.

When someone makes up their mind to buy a robot for their factory, the process can begin quickly, but usually takes a bit of time authorize and become a reality in their shop. Buying a robot isn’t a complicated process, but because it can be an expensive process, it takes time to make sure everything is designed just right before purchasing. The experts at RobotWorx can help get through the purchasing process with ease.

When you are programming a robot, working with a robot, or training someone on a robot, you always operate it in teach mode. During this time, you are using the teach pendant to communicate with the robot, and that is where the deadman switch is located. The deadman switch is an ON/OFF switch on the back of the teach pendant. The purpose of the deadman switch is to guard the person operating the robot during the training process, or any other time the robot is in teach mode.

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.

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.

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.

  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.

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.