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Flexible feeders are vision-based technologies for factory automation that provide manufacturing plants with the possibility to adjust production volumes and spread batches in different machines with minimum set up time. The flexible feeder is a component of a larger system which includes a robot, a vision system and a bulk feeder. Parts are stored within...
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  Total cost of ownership We explain below why FlexiBowl® is a cost-effective solution, according to current performance indicators. Asset Lifecycle Management (ALM) is a management approach for industrial equipment which mainly addresses use and maintenance phases but also design, manufacturing, installation and dismissal/recycling phases. Within ALM, particular attention is given to the TCO (Total...
Industrial robots are defined as ‘multi-functional manipulators designed to move parts through various programmed motions’. As such, robots provides consistent reliable performance, repetitive accuracy and are able to handle heavy work loads and perform in harsh environments. Additionally, robots can be quickly reprogrammed to reflect changes in production needs and cycles. The SCARA acronym stands...
FlexiVision is a PC based vision software package that can be optionally supplied with FlexiBowl systems.   FlexiVision is compatible with a large variety of industrial robots and the main purpose is to allow the deployment of flexible feeding cells in a very simple and straithforward way. The main tasks offered by the system include:  Dynamic control...
  Progress usually moves along little by little, it is a continuous process driven by experimentation and awareness of the state-of-the-art technology to raise new ideas and requirements which are the driving force of development. This brief article is meant to talk about the progress that has been done in the field of flexible parts...
The flexibility of a system describes its ability to adapt to a wide range of possible environments. Flexibility in manufacturing is the ability to reconfigure manufacturing resources in order to efficiently produce a range of products of acceptable quality. The concept of flexibility comes from the Japanese philosophy of “lean manufacturing,” which for many decades...
Integrators who manufacture assembly automation and OEM’s who need equipment to manufacture assemblies are faced with a very large challenge of how to get the parts into the assembly machines for the assembly process, minimize workcell requirements, and keep costs down. Whether there is a need to increase productivity, reduce costs or add product variants,...
Market evolution has always been influenced by choices made with regard to flexibility, unit production cost and productivity. In the middle of the 1960s, market competition became increasingly intense, and production cost was the chief concern. High volumes of individual products were sold to the “mass market,” enabling a policy emphasizing economy of scale and...