WORKSHOP #3 | Robotics Assembly: Beyond the Basics

There’s no question that robots are becoming more ubiquitous in assembly plants. Robots are less expensive and easier to use than ever. The technology is well within the reach of even small and midsized manufacturers. According to the International Federation of Robotics, there are 228 robots for every 10,000 manufacturing workers in the U.S. That’s more than twice the global average. The advent of collaborative robots, or cobots, will only increase that trend. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to apply robotics to applications beyond simple pick-and-place operations and capitalize on the full capabilities of this technology.

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REGISTRATION FEE: $20 before 9/30/21 | $25 before 10/15/21 | $30 after 10/15/21


1:00 – 1:35 PM ET

Artificial Intelligence for Robotic Assembly
At Ford Motor Co.’s assembly plant in Livonia, MI, a six-axis robot equipped with force control and artificial intelligence is assembling torque converters for automotive transmissions. Assembling gears and other parts that mesh together is difficult to a person to do, much less a typical robot, which cannot see or feel the parts. Now however, thanks to artificial intelligence, the robot learns from previous attempts how to wiggle the pieces into place most efficiently. The more parts it assembles, the better it gets at the job. With the AI-enabled robot, Ford improved cycle time by 15 percent and changeover time by 50 percent. In this presentation, you’ll learn how AI works and how it can help your assembly application.

Max Reynolds, Co-founder and CEO, Symbio Robotics


1:35 – 2:10 PM ET

Vision Guidance for Robotic Assembly
A truism of automated assembly is that a robot is only as good as the fixture holding the parts. A robot can return to the same positions time and again. But, if the location and orientation of the parts deviate from what the robot has been taught, it may not perform reliably. There are two ways around this problem. One is to increase the precision of the fixture—and accept a corresponding increase in cost and decrease in flexibility. The other is to give the robot a guiding hand with machine vision. In this presentation, you’ll how and when to implement vision guidance for robotic assembly.

Josh Person, Staff Engineer, FANUC America Corp.


2:10 – 2:45 PM ET

Tips, Tricks and Technologies for Robotic Screwdriving
In most assemblies that are joined with threaded fasteners, the cost of the fasteners is not as important as the cost of installing them. Automating the task with robots is one way to control that cost. Options range from tabletop three-axis gantry robots to full-size six-axis robots. Now, the latest robotic technology—cobots—promises to broaden the range of robotic screwdriving applications even further. This presentation will cover all you need to know about robotic screwdriving. You will learn how to justify the investment, what technology options are available, and how to ensure a trouble-free process.

John Iskra, Robotic Systems and Automation Sales Manager, ASG, Division of Jergens Inc.


2:45 - 2:55 PM ET



2:55 – 3:30 PM ET

Collaborative Robots in Today’s Automotive Factory
While the automotive industry was one of the first industries to automate its factories, today’s OEMs and tier suppliers still have employees managing far too many manual tasks. That can lead to bored workers, inconsistent quality and workplace injuries. Now, collaborative robots, or cobots, are promising to take over many of those tasks. Small, flexible and easy to program, cobots are the fastest growing segment in industrial automation. This presentation will help manufacturers seeking to learn how cobots are being used in automotive assembly. The presentation will include examples of cobots performing machine tending, screwdriving, welding, painting and inspection tasks.

David Cappellani, Global Key Account Manager for Automotive, Universal Robots


3:30 - 4:00 PM ET

Open Discussion and Q&A with Workshop Panelists

MODERATOR: John Sprovieri, Editor-in-Chief, ASSEMBLY