Wednesday, February 17, 2021

UVC and Dry Mist Disinfection Robots Will be a Big Part of Post-COVID Strategy for Manufacturing Facilities

Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR) takes a look at our world, after COVID-19

COVID-19 has created an unprecedented situation for the manufacturing sector globally. Supply chains are disrupted, stopping the flow of materials and finished goods. Assembly lines are forced to change operations because of a lack of workforce and parts and changed consumer behavior. Employee health has become a serious concern, and physical interaction is risky.

While the immediate impact is challenging, manufacturers can take steps to ensure their survival, recovery, and growth.

Moving into the future

COVID-19 has already created changes for the future of manufacturing by forcing companies to invest in resources that build agility, responsiveness, and resilience in their manufacturing operations.

Manufacturers with digital platforms, accessible data, and advanced analytics capabilities will be able to respond more quickly, accurately, and successfully to COVID-19 outages.

How well-positioned are you?  

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Source: Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR)

Monday, February 1, 2021

FPE Automation and IMEC to Co-host Vision Guided Robotics Webinar on March 11

Vision Guided Robotics: Set Up Machine Vision for Robot Position Offsets Webinar

March 11, 2021
11:30 am
 - 12:30 pm

Presented by IMEC, in partnership with FPE Automation

Most robot applications include some form of pick and place where part presentation is just as important as the robot programming itself. There are many well proven feeding methods that pair well with robots, each with their own advantages for various situations, but flexibility is becoming increasingly necessary.

Instead of using fixtures or pegboards to register part locations in a fixed array, Vision Guided Robotics, or “VGR,” adds a level of dynamic response to your part presentation. Parts placed in random locations on a single flat plane are located by a camera, and the live positions are sent to the robot which can locate the part in real time.

In this highly practical webinar, IMEC and FPE Automation will discuss the newest technology related to 2D VGR including a live programing example of a pick and place application using a Universal Robots collaborative robot and 2D vision offsets.

This event is sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Purdue MEP, The Center for Industrial Research and Service at Iowa State University (CIRAS), and the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC).