Universal Robots ActiNav for Pick and Place Applications

AUTONOMOUS BIN PICKING FOR MACHINE TENDING APPLICATIONS EASY TO USE ActiNav does not require prior robot programming experience. ActiNav setup is intuitive using the Universal Robots teach pendant, teach by demonstration, and the six-step wizard-guided setup process. ActiNav Autonomous Bin Picking is easy to program with: Intuitive & prompt-based programming: Complete the programming hassle free from […]

How to Use Ethernet/IP for Cobot Communication

Collect Robot Arm I/O, monitor diagnostics, and plan maintenance. Ethernet/IP is a widely supported protocol that can be used with hundreds of devices. For example, with Ethernet/IP, we can build an automation system that uses a Universal Robots collaborative robot arm, an Allen-Bradley or LSIS programmable logic controller ( UR Ethernet_IP Guide PLC), and a […]

Collaborative Robots for Material Handling

Feed, Orient, Load/Unload, or Manipulate Materials in the Correct Position Combine Universal Robots collaborative robot arm, with a Robotiq 3-finger gripper for handling a wide range of objects for assembly. Three fingers cooperate to grasp and manipulate parts for production. Robotiq Adaptive Gripper, General Presentation A cobot that can switch tasks easily and a three finger […]

Magnetic Grippers Collaborative Robots

Integrated SMC UR+ magnetic grippers support workpieces with holes and uneven surfaces where a vacuum pad cannot be used. SMC Corporation of America, a premier partner of Numatic Engineering, has joined Universal Robots’ UR+ program, launching the new UR+ certified MHM Series Magnetic Gripper capable of absorbing a great variety of ferromagnetic pieces, with different geometries […]

The Recession Cometh and the Robots are Ready

The Recession Cometh and Robots are Ready Manufacturers are used to living between a rock and a hard place – and navigating the space between. Demand vs. supply. Consumer appetites for customized product and their expectations for ever-lowering costs. The list goes on and on. So the current tug-of-war over if, when and where a […]

Simplify End-of-Arm (EOM) Tooling with IO-Link

Inductive Couplers for Discrete Sensors: Quickly connect up to eight sensors without physical contact. When quick or frequent wiring changes need to be made, inductive couplers can provide a fast and error-free way to connect multiple discrete PNP sensors. Balluff offers two versions to meet your specific application needs. The version in an M18 cylindrical […]

A Cheat Sheet on How to Choose Between Collaborative and Traditional Industrial Robots

The Right Robot for Each Job As you research your automation options, it’s hard to ignore the cobot buzz. Since collaborative robots burst on the scene nearly a decade ago, they’ve made automation accessible and affordable for many organizations for whom traditional robotics were out of reach. And that’s generated a lot of excitement. But […]

Calculating ROI For Collaborative Robots

If you’re looking to automate with robots, it’s important to build a solid business case if you want to know the true value of robot automation. Many businesses calculate ROI by using the payback period, which is taking the cost of the robot and then dividing it by the monthly salary of the worker. It’s […]

ROI for Collaborative Robot Arms

Quick ROI Preserves Quality Jobs An investment in automation from Universal Robots has turned out to be a wise decision for many machine shops. Feeding a CNC lathe 10-12 hours a day,  44 Sec How To Video collaborative robotic arms increase production output and make it possible to manufacture at a cost that is competitive with international manufacturers. […]

Lean Manufacturing for Machine Shops with Collaborative Robots.

Lean robotics is the evolution of lean manufacturing for machine shops. A mere ten years ago, machine shops of precision parts would say, “Ninety percent of ‘lean’ is useless to us.” Specializing in high-end, low-volume, complex parts made from hard-to-machine materials meant that robotics were too costly to implement¹. Collaborative robots have changed labor, production, […]