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Keith Wanner, President of RobotWorx, was recently named one of the “20 People to Know in Manufacturing 2015” by Columbus Business First magazine. Their monthly feature “20 People to Know…” highlights the achievements of 20 people who are “front and center” in their industries. Wanner shared his take on the challenges facing the manufacturing industry, focusing mainly on the need to keep skilled labor and keep manufacturing in the U.S.
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There are many different robots available for palletizing these days, but the perfect robotic palletizer must possess certain qualities. It should have exceptional vertical and horizontal reach, it should be sturdy with high wrist inertia, and it should be fast and accurate.
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The manufacturing and metal fabrication industries are both dangerous businesses, and it is a feat to go any substantial length of time without some sort of accident. RobotWorx has achieved just that on February 10, 2015 – 1,000 days without an accident, something that is extremely rare. The RobotWorx accident-free ticker hasn’t had to reset since May 16, 2012. Keith Wanner, President of RobotWorx, believes that this is a great achievement for the company.
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On March 23, 2015, the robotics industry will converge on Chicago, Illinois for Automate 2015, the largest showcase of robotic automation in North America. Companies will show off their newest robotic gadgets, while also supplying support to attendees who may be looking for new automation ideas for their facilities.
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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 successful Australian automation and robotics company that is closely aligned to SCOTT, with products and markets that are complementary to SCOTT.
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One of the biggest hurdles for companies, especially those automating their painting application for the first time, is training workers to program and operate the robot. ABB Robotics has revolutionized the robotic painting programming with their Simplified Robot Programming (SRP) – programming that is cutting down on the amount of time needed trainer workers and program robots by using a teaching handle, motion tracking software and a computer.
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Companies are constantly looking for ways to improve their machine tooling processes, and ABB Robotics has answered their call with the FlexMT Machine Tooling System, complete with robot and controller, integrated into one large cabinet work cell. Not only is this a flexible solution, but the FlexMT from ABB significantly reduces labor costs for companies, sometimes as much as 60 percent. The Flex MT maximizes machine tooling by optimizing the amount of product it can handle.
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Since the time of their invention in the late 1950s, industrial robots have slowly but surely gaining their place in the manufacturing world. As a matter of fact, they have continued to steadily gain their place since the 1980s. This growth in industrial robotic sales does not seem to be slowing down. As a matter of fact, according to one recent study, it seems to be speeding up.
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Machine tending is one of the most common robotic applications used in the industrial world. Motoman Robotics continues to improve their robotic machine tending designs, including the newest model – the MH280II, a robot that can cut down on the inconsistencies that exist in manual machine tending processes. According to Motoman, the MH280 II is able to perform several different machine tending operations, while delivering improved product quality and cost savings.
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New robot technology” is something that we see on a regular basis in the industrial world these days. Companies are continually innovating, making robots faster, more accurate, and even more environmentally-friendly. As the face of the industrial robotics world changes, so does the rest of the robotics universe – putting technology that started in the manufacturing industry, into the hands of those in other industries.
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