New installation this week

on July 21, 2022

As a change of pace I thought I would share an installation that started this week.

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Automated weld dressing

on July 7, 2022

Just about every market can find benefit in process automation. From labor reduction to improving the total time in production there is value in the automation. For some it is the need to improve part to part consistency or just the basic improvement in the over all finished product.

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The very basics of polishing

on May 24, 2022

Often when I am asked about polishing I find that there are some basics that folks are not aware of. As with all things every one will have their own way and I am no different. Some people will spend 5 years polishing pipe and find a way that works great due to the volume and time they invest. I tend to touch all manner of items so my experience tends to be more varied. I do not offer this as the carved in stone rule but rather the results of that varied experience over many years and parts.

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What can you automate?

on March 29, 2022

I often get the question of what can you automate. So I will give a few examples here of things you can as well as a few basic tips.

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Robots in fabricated kitchen products

on March 3, 2022

Here we will look at an application where fabricated sinks, counters and other trim parts were finished with a robotic cell. The parts were long term items the company produces where a reduction in labor and an increase in volume were needed. Both were had with a single robot with a tool changer. The ability to grind the weld then shift to blending the finish are one of the reasons robots work so well. It is not a matter of one aspect getting addressed but rather the entire process.

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Lets talk about labor

on March 1, 2022

When you start to look into automation be it a finishing application, welding or any number of other processes labor tends to be at the top of the list. There are some things you should keep in mind as you go through the process.

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Follow up on the enclosure project

on February 25, 2022

I received many good questions on the robot working with enclosures. To that end I wanted to provide a little more information.

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Robotic application in finishing

on February 23, 2022

From detailed sanding tasks to simple weld removal robotics have a place in finishing. We will take a look at an enclosure application and touch on some of the main points that the company was looking for and how we got there. As always I respect the privacy of the people I work with and to that I will not share more than the company involved approved. So I can not show the final system in detail but can give a good idea of it in general.

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Its question and answer time again.

on February 8, 2022

I get a constant flow of questions and in an effort to spread the info to those who may be curious about the same I am going to share a few more here.

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A case where automation made sense.

on January 25, 2022

Having an example where automation made sense could be helpful. It may shed some light on what to look for and reasons to move to automate a process or part in general. I will have to limit the detail a bit to protect the parties involved and respect their wishes. But in a general sense it gives a picture of what was automated and the results.

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