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Poultry and meat processing have always been a long and tedious process. Workers would labor for hours, trying to get as much meat off of the bones as possible, without injuring themselves or the damaging the cut of meat. Now, meat processing automation has ramped up the deboning game, speeding up the process several times over, while also cutting down on worker errors and injuries.

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The origin position is an important thing for a robot to know. That is the position it returns to when it is at rest. This robotic memory for each axis is stored in the robotic battery. That is the battery’s main purpose. Without the origin position, every other path trajectory or robot position will be off, which will hurt the accuracy of a manufacturer’s robot, and possibly cause damage to parts or systems.

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A robot controller is the brain of the entire robotic system. Without it, a robot would have no way of knowing the programming it needed to perform its complex applications. Controller boards are found inside the robot controller, and they are the place where the magic starts – where all of the wires and cables plug into the controller. Those wires and cables are the information highway from the controller to the robotic arm.

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Robotic systems have wires and cables that run from several different areas of the robot to the controller and back again. By using wiring and cabling harnesses, companies are able to group these cables and wires together in a way that allows there to be several large ports or plugs for a set of wiring, as opposed to having to plug each wire or cable into its own specific port.

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Servo amplifiers, or servo amps for short, are drives that are used to power electronic servomechanisms, such as servo motors. A servo amp transfers signals from the command module of the robot, and translates them for the servo motor, so the motor knows how much it should move at any given time.

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AC motors and encoders are two important parts of a robot. They give the robot purpose. Without them, there would be no motion, and without motion, the robot has no purpose – unless, of course, someone wants a large industrial robotics statue for their living room or workplace. An AC motor is a motor that is powered by an alternating electric current. Until recently, an alternating current motor was not the best option for robotic operation.

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Robots are made up of several different parts, and those parts all work toward making sure that the robot is able to operate in a smooth and precise manner. That is the express purpose of robot harmonics and harmonic drives.

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A robot arm moves in a way similar to a human arm, working to perform a task. However, without a brain, the human arm is unable to receive the information necessary to perform that process. For Motoman robots, the controller is much like the brain of the robot system – and the Motoman DX200 is one of the more powerful “brains” on the market.

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While welding automation has been around for decades, it has only become common recently. Companies like Motoman Robotics continually work to improve the quality and standards of their robots. This Motoman tradition holds true with the Motoman MA1440 robot, a high-speed welding robot with thru-arm design, and several other advantages.

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Riveting used to be one of the most common process when assembling automobiles, airplanes, boxcars, ships, etc. However, over the years, resistance welding has become more adaptable for transportation assembly with the introduction of robotics. Now, by investing in a robotic resistance welder, manufacturers are able to speed up the process, while also saving money on materials by doing away with the rivets. Decades ago, riveting was a common trade, just like welding.

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