Robots are increasingly being made to mirror humans. The best example of this is the dual-armed robot—such as ABB’s YuMi and Rethink Robotics’ Baxter—designed specifically to work closely with people on the assembly line.
Of all the things that conveyors have moved the past 222 years, none is more iconic than the small chocolate candies that overwhelmed Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance working on the assembly line in September 1952.
Ask a random group of people to explain Rotabroach annular cutting, and you’ll probably get silence. Pose the same question to workers at Lum, MI-based Lumco Manufacturing Co. and you’ll get an earful. The reason: They often make machines that use this technology to cut ferrous and nonferrous metals.
If you’ve ever received a package from an online retailer, you probably didn’t give the protective packing material a second thought. You opened the box, removed your order, and discarded everything else.
Integrators love a good challenge, and automotive OEMs and suppliers never disappoint. Not only do these two groups expect integrators to meet increasingly high production goals and come in or under budget. They also rely on integrators for creative solutions to all types of automation problems.