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The Advantages of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) in a Manufacturing Setting

I’ve worked in numerous plants and visited dozens of others. All of them had something in common: their control systems were completely driven by Programmable Logic Controllers or more commonly called PLCs. Although these systems are extremely common in manufacturing, you don’t see them elsewhere. It is thus very interesting to discuss some of [...]

By | 2017-10-21T19:44:34+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|Manufacturing|Comments Off on The Advantages of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) in a Manufacturing Setting

Plant Floor Control Network Considerations, Advantages and Innovations

Nearly every item you own has been through the manufacturing cycle at one point or another. Automation and Process Control have only been growing in the recent decades. With the introduction of technologies, commonly umbrellaed by buzzwords such as IoT, big data, connectivity and others, we see the rise and constant need to expand [...]

By | 2017-09-22T16:50:13+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|Manufacturing|Comments Off on Plant Floor Control Network Considerations, Advantages and Innovations

The sensitivity of a human touch in a collaborative robot (Cobot) world

How to make collaborative robots more agile? Robot manufacturers such as ABB, Fanuc and Keyence expect a slow but steady expansion into the food industry as well as new types of manufacturing and adjacent niches of distribution and agriculture. FOOD? Japanese company Yaskawa Electric are currently experimenting with rice and tofu. Yes, you [...]

By | 2017-08-16T20:07:35+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Cobots|Comments Off on The sensitivity of a human touch in a collaborative robot (Cobot) world

Manufacturing Process Control & Automation Engineering Experience

I remember the first day I walked into a manufacturing facility. I had watched almost every episode of “How It’s Made”, yet it all seemed new and exciting. Seeing coordinated robots, palletizers, converters & other equipment just put a smile on my face. In early 2014, I embarked on a technical journey which has [...]

By | 2017-08-11T23:58:33+00:00 August 13th, 2017|Manufacturing|Comments Off on Manufacturing Process Control & Automation Engineering Experience

YuMI, Sawyer, Baxter, UR and KUKA Cobot Stories

How Robots Can Work Alongside with Humans  ABB YuMi DJ YuMi - Europe (UK) YuMi and Panda Sweets! - Europe YuMi goes to School - Europe Rethink Robotics Sawyer and  Big Brother Baxter Sawyer the Artist - ACORN, North America [...]

By | 2017-07-26T03:51:07+00:00 July 25th, 2017|Cobots|Comments Off on YuMI, Sawyer, Baxter, UR and KUKA Cobot Stories

Should you do a cobot risk assessment?

Safety + Collaboration = Success! Collaborative robots are developed to free human hands from tedious and potentially dangerous jobs. With the removal of safety fencing and other safety monitoring devices, collaborative robots (cobots) are revolutionizing and re-shaping the manufacturing world. Cobots are undoubtedly gaining popularity and it is therefore important [...]

By | 2017-07-09T18:24:23+00:00 July 15th, 2017|Cobots|Comments Off on Should you do a cobot risk assessment?

ISO/TS 15066

Humans + Robots = Real Value With the introduction of cobots (collaborative robots) humans and robots are sharing and sometimes overlapping the manufacturing workspace. The ISO/TS 15066 standard provides design and implementation guidelines that limits and controls risks associated with cobot setups. ISO/TS 15066 builds on ISO 10218-1 and -2 published in 2011. [...]

By | 2017-07-08T09:25:27+00:00 July 10th, 2017|Cobots|1 Comment

Cobots and the new manufacturing trend

Return on Investment Cobots have a payback of 6 months and an installation cost about 2.5x less than other industrial robots. The least expensive cobot sell for about €20,000 (approx. $22,600USD). Across the Atlantic, the European Union(EU) is investing heavily to help businesses build and adopt robots. The EU forecasts robotics and [...]

By | 2017-07-06T16:42:49+00:00 July 1st, 2017|Cobots|Comments Off on Cobots and the new manufacturing trend

Is your job at risk due to industrial automation?

Cobots are here to stay and help you with at your current job. The last century has been full of unprecedented technological advancements. Such advancements in production, communication and transportation have not managed to majorly disrupting our labour share.  Hence it is safe to say that if your main [...]

By | 2017-07-06T16:44:25+00:00 July 1st, 2017|Cobots|Comments Off on Is your job at risk due to industrial automation?