the automotive industry playing catch-up amidst a pandemic-induced
slowdown, the future looks bright. A subset of the sector, battery
electric vehicles (BEVs), represent a huge growth area, with nearly all
forecasters predicting big things in coming years.
With ballooning BEV demand comes accelerated demand for automated production of these vehicles. Vehicle designs will determine weld requirements, and necessitate use of a variety of robotic-welding processes. That’s the word from Fanuc America Corp., which reports heavy current battery-assembly work, and automation demand all along the vehicle and infrastructure pipeline.
The HRB ATC Series is equipped with AMADA’s patented Automatic Tool Changer—making it the ideal solution for variable lot sizes, the seamless introduction of rush jobs, and complex tool layouts. The ATC will enable you to achieve even the most complex tool setups in 4 minutes or less. The HRB 1003/2204 ATC Series is manufactured at the Carolina Manufacturing Center in High Point, NC. Customizable features include:
New safety light curtains from Schmersal USA, Hawthorne, NY, now include a Bluetooth interface as a standard feature, available on the firm’s SLC440COM and multifunctional SLC440 series. The light curtains use the Bluetooth Low Energy system for near-field data transmission, which provides secure data transmission up to 5 m. Users can access the transmitted data using the Schmersal SLC Assist app, available for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets.
company RoboDK has released TwinTrack, a tool that allows users to
program any industrial robot quickly and simply by tracing the desired
motion with a handheld probe. The tool provides an answer as robots move
into the hands of less experienced users, thus requiring more-intuitive
programming interfaces, according to company officials.
implementation of new IoT-enabled MCP SmartFilters, from Nederman, will
allow operators to predict the maintenance needs of their dust and fume
collectors rather than respond to accidents and problems once they have
occurred. Among the benefits of the technology: improved uptime and
filtration-system life, the ability to collect and track data gauging
filter performance, improved safety and optimized energy efficiency.
has upgraded its RobotStudio offline-programming and simulation
software with a new virtual robot braking-distance function that creates
an exact simulation of the real-world stopping distance of an
industrial robot. The function avoids the need to add safety margins
into cell designs, enabling floorspace savings of as much as 25 percent,
say company officials.
is accepting applications for its Spark Something Great educational
grant program, with applications due by April 2 and grant decisions
communicated by May 3. In total, Hypertherm plans to award a Powermax45
XP plasma cutting system and deliver in-person training to 12 North
Tool, Milwaukee, WI, has added to its lineup of personal protective
equipment by introducing its Banded Ear Plugs, designed to provide
all-day comfort with versatile wear. The adaptable design for
three-point wear allows users to set the band above their head, below
their chin or behind their neck.
Dynamics, an Esab brand, has launched the Cutmaster 40 manual plasma
cutting system, successor to the Cutmaster 42. The power source,
weighing 22 lb., can use 115- or 230-V primary power and delivers a
rated output of 40 A at 40-percent duty-cycle or better.