5 Myths about Cobots Debunked

Collaborative Robots Deliver Automation to Manufacturers of Every Size

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Thanks to the collaborative industrial robot revolution, the ambitions of manufacturing companies are increasingly realized with much less cost and effort than expected.  However, the introduction of cobots in automation planning discussions is sometimes met with the following erroneous preconceptions which stem from people’s experience with non-collaborative traditional robots:

  1. ROBOTICS AUTOMATION IS FOR COMPLEX, LARGE-SCALE OPERATIONS
  2. ROBOTS REPLACE JOBS
  3. IT’S A HASSLE TO IMPLEMENT AND MAINTAIN ROBOTS
  4. COBOTS ARE DANGEROUS
  5. ROBOTS ARE COSTLY

Read more about how cobots are making a huge difference in the fortunes of companies that use them.

Through the HTE TECHTEAM, HTE Automation empowers local manufacturers and other users of process automation to produce faster, leaner, smarter, and safer.

Proven Quality at High Speed

Cognex_8405_InHand_Right_VideoManufacturing is a really crowded field. And we’re not even talking about the competition. Many factories are very crowded places where manufacturers who are trying to keep their costs down make the absolute most of the real estate they must pay for. The challenge is when a more efficient way of doing things comes along, and the carefully constructed labyrinth of equipment needs to be adjusted to accommodate the new process or technology.

In such a case, smaller is almost always better. And when you’re talking about manufacturing, as long as you maintain your quality and efficiency standards, faster is also almost always better. Enter the new, tiny In-Sight® Micro 8000 series – a new family of ultra-compact, stand-alone smart camera vision systems that deliver proven industry-leading vision tool performance at PC speeds.

The small size combined with Power over Ethernet (PoE) minimizes cabling and allows the vision system to integrate into tight or hard-to-reach machinery at any spot on the production line. Using the reinvented PatMax RedLine pattern matching, the 8000 series reduces cycles times and increases throughput while maintaining inspection accuracy.

Watch the In-Sight 8405 in action to find out more.

Pick-Up or Delivery?

MiR200Worry-free, never-get-lost, in-plant logistics – No need to hire a smarter delivery intern with this safe and smart transportbot.  It never stops at the water cooler, and you can deliver documents, boxes of documents, parts or whatever you can think of… because it can pull over 1,100 lbs – much more than the delivery intern.

The newly released MiR200 effectively, quickly and cost-effectively automates transport tasks anywhere in your plant, freeing up employees for higher value activities. This transportbot safely moves around people and obstacles and can be easily programmed from your smartphone, tablet or computer – no prior programming experience needed.

The updated robot features customizable dashboards, easier mapping and robot task creation, responsive web design and comprehensive browser support. The MiR200 transports payloads up to 440 lbs. (220 kg) and tows carts up to 1,102 lbs. (500 kg). Top modules can be customized to fit bins, racks, lifts, conveyors or even collaborative robot arms, making it highly flexible for any task that would have required employees to spend time making deliveries or pushing carts.

There is no need to alter your facility or hire engineers to operate the mobile robot. Companies with no prior experience can program the robot themselves and alter its deployment as their business evolves. Built-in sensors and cameras enable the MiR200 to identify its surroundings and travel the most efficient route to its destination. By putting the new MiR200 to work in your facility, you can eliminate excess material flow bottlenecks and increase productivity with an ROI in as little as one year – even in very dynamic environments.

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World’s First Collaborative SCARA Robot

The lightweight PF400 collaborative SCARA robot from Precise Automation is ideal for applications needing quiet, smooth operation, limited floor space or high safety requirements. The collaborative robot can operate side-by-side with human workers without safety shields. Motions by the PF400 robot will not hurt individuals even if they collide at full speed due to the robot’s intrinsic safety features.

All controllers and harnesses for the PF400 are built inside the robot structure, resulting in a small footprint that’s also easy to set up and can be lifted by a single person. The robot can be mounted on a table and is ready to operate by simply plugging into a standard outlet and adding Ethernet for connectivity to other devices.

Watch the video below or visit our Precise Automation page to learn more.

More Energy Savings with Expanded VSD+ Technology

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GA VSD+ Compressors

Atlas Copco has recently expanded their VSD+ technology to the complete range of GA oil-injected rotary screw compressors, previously only available on the G 7-37 compressor model. All pack and full feature versions worldwide now include the variable speed drive plus technology, enabling 50% more energy savings over traditional compressors.

VSD compressors already cut significant energy costs since they only run at the required speed. VSD+ compressors offer even more energy savings and decreased operational costs with their iPM motor, new compression element and sentinel valve. The GA VSD+ series also offers a smaller footprint than VSD compressors as well as the lowest noise levels in the industry.

Contact HTE to learn more about Atlas Copco Air Compressors, including their GA oil-injected series… all offered now with VSD+ technology.

Epson’s Newly Released 6-Axis Robots

Epson Robots, a global leader in robotic technology and precision factory automation, has recently released their C8-Series of 6-axis robots. Built for applications requiring maximum flexibility in tight spaces, the C8-Series offers more reach, faster speeds and more payload in a SlimLine design.

EpsonC8SeriesThe C8-Series robots have industry-leading cycle times (faster than many SCARA competitor models) with maximum payloads of 8Kg and up 1400mm of reach. The superior motors and servo controls enable fast, precise motion on a smooth path. EPSON’s equipped Residual Vibration Technology uses their QMEMS sensors to detect and adjust for vibration automatically, maximizing speed and accel/decal rates. Epson C8-Series robots feature their RC700-A controller that enables ease of use and reliability. Integrated options, including Vision Guidance, Conveyor Tracking and more, maximize performance and reduce development time.

Like the previously-released C4-Series, the C8-Series features Epson’s SlimLine design, resulting in slimmer arms, less weight and a small footprint while still maintaining high performance and payloads. The compact body and wrist design of these C8/C8L/C8XL models allows for a greater range of motion and the ability to reach confined and restricted work areas. They can access spaces from many angles, continuing to operate with smooth motion and fast speeds.

Epson’s C8-Series robots provide superior performance for demanding, complex applications ranging from component handling to machine loading/unloading to product assembly. The robots are ideally suited for industries including Automotive, Medical, Plastics, Pharmaceutical, Aerospace and more.

In addition to these 6-axis robots, Epson Robots provides easy to use SCARA and Linear/Cartesian models on a common controls platform. Visit our Epson or Robots pages to learn more.

Dorner Conveyor Configurator

Simplify your conveyor design with the D Tools Configurator from Dorner Conveyor. This online configurator tool helps you design simple conveyors or complete conveyor packages. The tool walks you through each design aspect, including motor placement, belt type, speed, environment and more.

It’s now easier than ever to specify the conveyor design you need. Get more details in the video below.

Dorner’s Redesigned 2200 Series Belt Conveyors

Dorner Conveyor has recently released their new 2200 series of belted conveyors. Featuring updated frame widths, new belt options and accessories, universal T-slots and a high-speed nose bar transfer option, the redesigned conveyors are more flexible, faster and stronger than ever before.

Designed to handle small to medium part applications, the 2200 series conveyors feature a single piece frame, come in several models and is compatible with Dorner’s recently released Universal Drive. The new series is ideal for small part transfers, precision part movement, part infeed and outfeed, and part accumulation for automated and manual assembly.

Watch the video below for more details on this redesign, or read the original release here.

Visit our Dorner Conveyor page for more types of manufacturing conveyors available.

The Highest Read Rates with Cognex ID Technology

DataMan image-based barcode readers from Cognex offer the highest read rates of any industrial ID technology. Their handheld and fixed-mount readers minimize no-reads with their ability to read almost any size, quality or printing method, even under the following conditions:

  • Print variations (unclear printed, scratched or faded barcodes)
  • Marking types (laser etch, direct part mark, dot peen)
  • Surface material (glass, metal, cardboard, plastic and more)

Whether your application uses 1-D linear barcodes or 2-D matrix codes at low or high speeds, Cognex has a reliable, easy-to-use solution with unmatched code performance.

Cognex is the world leader in image-based ID technology. Offering the largest selection of solutions to meet the most application requirements, Cognex products guarantee that manufactured items meet quality demands from all industries. Implementing vision and ID systems from Cognex result in fewer production errors, lower manufacturing costs and increased customer satisfaction. Visit our website and learn more about the Cognex Vision and Cognex ID solutions HTE has to offer.

In the following video, see the ease at which the Cognex DataMan reads a 2-D data matrix code on a curved metal surface.

Save Time and Money with Dorner’s Sanitary Vertical Belt Technology

Dorner Conveyor’s newest incline technology, the AquaPruf Vertical Belt Technology (VBT), is a sanitary, time and money-saving solution for elevating bulk product like vegetables, grains, pharmaceuticals and more. The AquaPruf series includes only FDA-approved belting and plastic components, and features an open-frame stainless steel design for easy cleaning and quick belt change. The AquaPruf proprietary belt technology is designed for steep, vertical inclines, bulk material handling and food processing.

The AquaPruf VBT features a Staggered Sidewall Belt that allows for 15% more pocket capacity than traditional options and parts can be easily (and individually) repaired if damaged. The self-releasing sidewall and optional vibration roller both assist with improved product release.

This sanitary, vertical conveyor belt system is optimal for use in chemical, food and pharmaceutical industries (as well as all other industries that require a sanitary environment). Dorner Manufacturing is the leading provider of innovative industrial, packaging, and sanitary conveyor automation solutions, moving anything from machined parts to raw food products across a variety of applications.

Contact HTE for a details about standard conveyors or customized conveyor systems designed by our TECHTEAM of industrial productivity specialists.