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Custom Optomechanics in Industrial UV Lasers

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-33283
Published 2018-11-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Reliability and longevity directly impact the cost of using Q-switched, diode pumped, solid state, ultraviolet lasers in industrial applications. Damage to the intracavity harmonic crystal is often the major limiting factor in the lifetime of these lasers.

How Second Stage Speed Influences the Molding Process

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-33087
Published 2018-10-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Hold speed or hold velocity? How many machines today have it, and what does it do to the process?

Motion Control in Factories: Choosing the Right Solution

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-33076
Published 2018-10-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

The need for Ethernet-based communication within the factory has grown over the past 10 years. Detailed information about the tasks and performance of machines at every stage is critical to productivity. As capabilities have expanded from performance reporting to predictive maintenance warnings and beyond, the need to connect multiple controllers within the same machine and elsewhere in the factory has also grown.

Collaborative Robots Fill Automation Gaps For Medical Device Manufacturers

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-33083
Published 2018-10-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

When small and mid-sized medical device manufacturers envision a robot, many think of either huge industrial robots working in fenced-off areas in large factories or futuristic cyberbots mimicking human behavior. But between these two scenarios lies a new emerging reality: A class of robots dubbed collaborative robots — or simply cobots — are bridging the gap between fully manual assembly and fully automated manufacturing lines. This new technology is filling automation gaps for larger manufacturers that have processes that couldn't be cost-effectively automated in the past and is bringing the advantages of automation within reach for even small, specialty manufacturers.

IMTS2018 Preview

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-32469
Published 2018-08-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Presented by the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) has been the premier manufacturing technology show in the Northern Hemisphere. IMTS is held every even year and attracts attendees from more than 117 countries. The 2018 edition will be the 32nd show.

Guiding the Way in Automotive Plants

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-29001
Published 2018-06-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Vision-guided robotics commonly used in today's automotive plants enables robots to “see” the object they are working on so they can perform the required activity accurately on/to an object that is not in a repeatable location.

Diagnostics Manufacturing: Strategies for Outsourcing

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-28679
Published 2018-04-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

When new assays or diagnostic tests are ready for commercialization, there can be tremendous hurdles to overcome, including significant investment in the infrastructure for automated manufacturing and test equipment and hiring and retaining highly trained personnel, as well as implementing high-end quality management systems. In addition, FDA, ISO, GMP, and other approvals or certifications may be required. This article examines the requirements for manufacturing these complex diagnostics as well as the critical factors to consider when selecting a manufacturer.

Choosing the Right Brake for Robotic Applications

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-28812
Published 2018-04-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Industrial robots play an essential role in manufacturing, from assembly, to pick-and-place, to packaging. One of the major risks of robotics — and what OEMs seek to mitigate — is uncontrolled or non-commanded motion by a robot. Most electric robots today incorporate servomotors for direct-drive operation. This approach largely eliminates the need for clutches, but robots still need brakes, both to apply holding torque once the motor moving the joint has stopped, and to provide dynamic stopping in the event of emergency.

NASA's Autonomous Robot Keeps Manufacturing Floors Safe

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-28814
Published 2018-04-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

A600-pound spider-like robot, called Spidernaut, was part of a prototype robot team built in 2005 to assemble a solar array on the Moon. The goal was not only to have robots do the manual labor, but for them to work cooperatively without human direction.

Makerspace: Rapid Prototyping Facility Offers Hands-On Learning

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-28686
Published 2018-04-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

The New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Newark College of Engineering has opened a training-focused, rapid prototyping facility that is central to both the university’s hands-on learning mission and its growing relationship with New Jersey’s manufacturing community.