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Motoman Robotics is a name known far and wide in the robotics industry. But, did you know that Motoman is only part of a larger company called Yaskawa? The Yaskawa Electric Corporation has been alive and well since it was founded in Japan in 1915. Yaskawa has taken the 100-year anniversary as a time to reflect on its accomplishments, while also moving into the future, releasing its new corporate logo this year at Automate 2015.

Blistering temperatures, metallic dust, and molten materials – any of these factors would contribute to a harsh work environment, and a foundry has all three. However, these factors have also helped to keep foundries on the forward edge of the robotic automation frontier.Typical foundry work includes pouring melted metals into molds, transferring the molds, breaking the metal parts from their molds, and removing material from the metal parts to make them uniform.

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.

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.

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.

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.

SCOTT Technology Limited, RobotWorx' parent company, specializes in the manufacturing and design of automated production and machinery. They are 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.

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.

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.

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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