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RobotWorx, a Marion, Ohio robotics integrator of new and reconditioned robot systems and work cells, continued its tradition of contributing to the community by turning robot sales into charitable donations for the military families of fallen and seriously injured heroes. The management team wanted to organize a patriotic sales event and decided to donate $250 of every robot sold between Memorial Day and Independence Day to the Fallen Patriots Fund.

Ever since the first robot entered a factory in the 1960s, robotics has continued to move forward. This progress has not only changed the functionality of the robots but has also changed the way industrial operations are performed. In early July 2015, Keith Wanner, President of RobotWorx, addressed Scott Technology and RobotWorx’ employees about where this industrial robotic progression is moving now and in the future.

Over the last few years, the robotic market in North American has been continuing to tick upwards, often breaking records for robot sales. This has continued into 2015’s first quarter, when industrial robot orders and shipment records have broken 2014’s record.According to the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), a total of 6,895 robots, valued at approximately $435.

ABB Robotics is one of the leaders in the robotics industry. Based in Sweden, ABB is an international company that produces power and automation technologies. They are now the first global company to commit to manufacturing robots in the United States. While many robotics companies have branches in the U.S., their robots are manufactured elsewhere.

At the end of April, FANUC Robotics held its annual conference to unveil all of their new products and technologies for the coming year. RobotWorx’ staff attended the conference, learning all about the new robots, and marveling at the newest technology from FANUC – collaborative industrial robotics.“FANUC Robotics continues to impress and show great promise and innovation for the coming year,” said Stefani Wanner, Marketing and Web Manager for RobotWorx.

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.

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