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Safety and control in collaborative robotics
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Robotics technology is moving at the speed of light, and the standards process is struggling to keep up. New types of collaborative robots can be safely implemented: Do a risk assessment, work with experienced suppliers, and get involved with standards development.Read More

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How to size servo motors: Advanced inertia calculations
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Inside Machines: To properly select the appropriate servo motor for a motion control application, find the inertia of the load being rotated. Applications where the center of rotation is on a... Read More

Machine vision boosts quality for mass-produced robotic workcells
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Inside Machines: Feedback from machine vision adjusts robotic movement and enhances manufacturing quality. Vision-guided robots have greater position accuracy, providing closed-loop control.Read More

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Robotics boost accuracy, flexibility for automated test machines
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Amber Precision Instruments augments speed and quality with 6-axis robot to replace a slow, inaccurate gantry motion subsystem. Setup time fell from 1 week to 1 day.Read More

My plant is running just fine
My plant is running just fine

Please don’t talk to me about technologies and work practices that can improve my plant performance. I can’t stand the idea of disrupting my current situation with anything new even if it is better.Read More

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Machine Safety: Risk of an actuator wired to general machine control versus safety controller
Machine Safety: Risk of an actuator wired to general machine control versus safety controller

When deciding to apply a device to achieve a safety function, by default, that safety function... Read More

Machine Safety: Functional safety standard explains validation
Machine Safety: Functional safety standard explains validation

Machine safety validation is defined by the international standard ISO 13849-2, Part 2: Validation,... Read More

Machine Safety: ISO 13849-1 status, interlock switch safety
Machine Safety: ISO 13849-1 status, interlock switch safety

Upon reviewing a machine that has two interlock switches mounted to an access door, can you say... Read More

Machine Safety: 12 hazards of unused machinery
Machine Safety: 12 hazards of unused machinery

Look at the 5 levels of hazard mitigation to help determine risk of a machine no longer in use.... Read More

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