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Manufacturers need to consider not only how workers can be safe around the robots, but also how the robot can increase safety for workers.  Amongst the most important justifications to use industrial robots may be to put them in the fields where they are shielding people from working in dangerous environments that require the handling of hazardous materials such as explosives, to carcinogens, to radioactive substances.

Safety is a primary concern when considering robotic industrial automation. Precise, productive, and dependable, robots are valuable industrial workers. But they are strong and fast enough to cause severe to fatal accidents if a worker enters a work area at the wrong time. A robot that is properly installed with well-trained users has all the safety features necessary to keep everyone protected.In 2013, the Robotic Industries Association updated the safety requirements (ANSI/RIA R15.

Aircraft manufacturing companies, including Beechcraft, Cessna and Stearman Aircraft, made their way to Wichita in the 1920s and 1930s to establish their manufacturing plants. As the city grew, it became known as the “Air Capital of the World.” Many of those original factories, along with a few additions, including Boeing, Learjet and Spirit AeroSystems, still operate in Wichita today.

Submerged Arc Welding, also known as SAW, is the process that involves the formation of an arc by electrodes.  The arc then uses its electrical charge to pass through a welding wire and the work piece for the application.  The difference between submerged arc welding and regular arc welding is that the welding wire, arc, and weld joint are covered by a layer of flux.  The flux creates a pathway for the arc to travel through to the material that is being welded.

Precision is everything in welding, especially when it comes to orbital welding. Unlike regular metal welding, where you work along a seam on a flat surface, orbital welders have to work along the curvier metal areas, like the circular shape of a pipe. FANUC has many arc welding robots that are perfectly suited to perform orbital welding.

When designing a robotic workcell, it is important to understand the way you manuever the workpiece into position for the robot to work on.  Choosing the right type of positioner will depend on the type of product, the application and how the part needs to be moved to optimize production.  RobotWorx offers a variety of positioners that can be implemented into your work area.

Masters at material handling, the Motoman GP series is ready to conquer your application and increase your total productivity. The robots in this series (GP 7, GP 8, and GP 12) offer high speeds and amazing efficiency.  Additionally, all of the robots have a compact, slim design, a small footprint.These robots were designed with the customer in mind; they honor your time and also provide you with easy set-up, operation, and maintenance.

An operator station or "ops station" is an external control panel for a robotic system that runs the entire workcell. The robotic operator station is an essential part of any robot or workcell, giving staff simplified push button control of a complex robotic system, reducing the opportunity for errors.  Once the robot is programmed with the teach pendant, the operator station can be used to call up specific jobs or stop the system in an emergency.

Robotics industrial automation is changing the face of production. Ideally suited for applications such as arc welding, material handling, palletizing and plasma cutting, industrial automation is making it possible for companies to improve production flow and reduce costs.

The standard system for automation:A human machine interface (HMI) connected to a separate programmable logic controller (PLC). These systems have been in place for decades among the industrial automation community. They help the user to keep track of their robot system with a PLC panel view or HMI interface. These operator devices are designed to monitor and control the system.

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