Because URs are easy to program and use, people will often jump straight into programming the application because they know how the application has been running (either with a previous machine or with operators). However, if they neglect to think about how the UR will perform vs the previous method, this will cause frustration and loss of time.

Before diving into programming the task that the robot will perform, it is a good idea to take a step back and think about what it will be useful for the robot to “know.” The robot knows nothing about its surroundings, and so cannot move with respect to your machines or other application features; it only knows where it is in reference to itself: the base coordinate system.

Uncompromising Motion and Control performance are now available to OEM’s and Machine Builders as Yaskawa adds new Rockwell AOI-friendly servo amplifier solutions to the state-of-the-art Sigma-7 line.

The demand for industrial robots has increased substantially in recent years and they usually come in four main types: Delta, SCARA, Cartesian, and robotic arms with 3-7 joints. But what happens if an application requires a customized solution?

Many Tier I and Tier II supplier contracts are requiring more and more assembly line ready components, pushing manufacturers to expand their operations beyond their core competencies while still meeting volume demand. One method of keeping pace is machine tending with robots.