Solar Eclipse at KC Robotics

Yesterday, if you called KC Robotics between 2:30 and 3pm, the phone may have rung a few times before we answered. The problem was not our phone company. In fact, there was no problem. All the employees were outside watching the partial eclipse of the sun in Cincinnati through welding helmets! We have pictures that Paul Carrier took with his camera and a neutral density filter. Someone should have taken a picture of the employees wearing welding helmets, looking at the sky.

 

FTC Robotics Club Visits KC Robotics

08/03/2017 – The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Robotics Club from the Warren County Cadet Squadron – Civil Air Patrol – visited KC Robotics as part of their STEM education. The group, made up of 7th and 8th grade students from Lakota and Mason schools, is building a robot for the First Tech Challenge (FTC) competition.

KC Robotics Engineering Manager, Greg Davis, introduced the students to the benefits of industrial robotics, safety, careers, and three applications of robotic automation. The students toured KC Robotics’ Systems Build Center where they inspected a KUKA robot’s axis motors to understand the flexibility of industrial robots. They viewed three robotic systems in different stages of development, seeing the use of robotics for ultrasonic cutting, welding, and material handling with vision.

After a tour of the facilities, the students showed our engineering team the robot they are building and asked for suggestions on how to improve the design. They were excited to return to the drawing board with new ideas. Last year, several of the students competed in the FIRST LEGO League competition with a neighborhood team, reaching the international finals in St. Louis. The challenge is greater this year with the FIRST Tech Challenge, where they will be one of the younger groups.

The FIRST Tech Challenge 2017-2018 season game will be FIRST RELIC RECOVERYSM – Presented by Qualcomm. Season Kickoff and game reveal will be Saturday, September 9, 2017.

On their website, the FTC writes, “The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.”

The Warren County Cadet Squadron Civil Air Patrol Robotics Club is a 501(c)(3) chartered organization. If you would like to make a donation, you may mail a check to:

Warren County Cadet Squadron – Civil Air Patrol

Robotics Club

Warren County Airport

2460 Greentree Road

Lebanon, OH 45036

http://warrencountycadetsquadron.com/index.php/help-us/

KC Robotics’ Jack Justice to Speak at RIA Webinar – Robotic Welding Tools, Tricks, Accessories and End of Arm Tools

Join KC Robotics’ Jack Justice as he is a panelist for Thursday’s RIA Welding Webinar. Jack has a broad range of experience in robotics and welding. With over 38 years’ experience in the automation industry, Jack has held positions in welding, systems engineering, sales and project management.

Hear Jack’s ideas on robotic welding

Jack joined KC Robotics in 2014 as General Manager. Jack’s knowledge of robotics and his contacts in the robotics industry have been instrumental in advancing KC Robotics’ Systems Integration division. Under Jack’s leadership, the company has established a professional project management and engineering department, increased sales of integrated systems, and developed relationships with OEM’s.

Robotic Welding Tools, Tricks, Accessories and End of Arm Tools

ABOUT THIS WEBINAR

Date & Time: June 22, 2017, Noon – 1 PM ET

Welding robots are one of the most heavily used robots found in factories. We check in with industry experts to find out what’s changed and the latest and greatest trends in EOATs to push robot efficiency and effectiveness.

Register for this webinar to watch it on or after June 22.

Advances in Automation – “Imagine Amazon on Steroids”

I recently read John Slater’s post at http://capmatters.comIs Industry 4.0 the New DotCom Boom?  “Imagine Amazon on Steroids” are his words. John is describing a new world in the not so distant future where digital automation will transform the global economy and create better jobs and better lives. Throughout the article, John describes how advances in technology have never hurt the US economy. With each new breakthrough, from personal computers and microprocessors to the internet and robotics, our economy has boomed with new business and new products. Some sectors of the economy are always left behind. He warns that we must learn to adapt to the new reality or be one of those left in the dust.

John Slater believes automation will be the next area for capital investment:

The stage is set.  Interest is building.  The world of automation is ripe for a spark to catch the imagination of the financial community, like the 1995 Netscape IPO which marked the start of the Dotcom boom.  Soon we will witness a major capital investment boom that transforms the economy in ways we cannot yet foresee.

For those of us in the business of automation, we already see the growth and innovation that will spur this investment. We understand that automation in any form is a natural evolution of technology. For 50 years, industrial robotic automation has changed our factories and our lives. Because of robotics, working conditions are safer, products are more affordable, and the number of “sweat shops” has been reduced. I look to the next ten years to bring major changes to our business. At KC Robotics, we are setting the groundwork now, for we have no intention of being left behind in the dust.

AUTOMATE 2017 UNDER CONSTRUCTION

KC Robotics’ Automate booth is going up! We’re waiting for the graphics and touching up the points. Look for our booth as you come up the escalator. You can’t miss us!

 

KC ROBOTICS INTRODUCES ULTRASONIC TRIMMING

KC Robotics introduces Ultrasonic Trimming with advanced robotic cutting and trimming technology.  KC Robotics’ Ultrasonic Trimming Cells will include a high-speed Yaskawa Motoman robot, fully integrated with NSK’s ultrasonic cutting tool and milling head.

NSK Unique Technology

  • Cutting tool features a HSS carbide blade vibrating at 40 kHz
  • 7th axis tool
  • control ball
  • navigation tool
  • specialty blade profiles
  • long ultrasonic blades
  • blade sharpening station
  • Compliance blace shape

Ultrasonic Robotic Trimming & Cutting Applications

Ultrasonic cutting offers a unique, environmentally-friendly replacement of waterjet and laser cutting for non-metallic materials, including plastics, foam, carpet, rubber, fiberglass and non-woven fabrics. The technology is ideal for low pressure mold processing, instrument panels and post-process molded part trimming.

Benefits of Ultrasonic Trimming 

  • Enhanced precision – improved trim quality
  • High Speed cutting
  • Cutting forces reduced by about 75%
  • Productivity of cutting process improvement
  • Reduced operating costs
  • Small footprint
  • Lean operation
  • Energy efficient
  • Clean and Eco-Friendly

AUTOMATE 2017

KC Robotics will introduce the Ready-Trim Eco Cell at AUTOMATE 2017 in Chicago, April 3-6. The booth will feature both traditional routing and ultrasonic cutting & trimming. In one cell, a Yaskawa Motoman MH50 II – DX200 Robot and Controller will demonstrate traditional routing on ATV parts. In a separate cell, a Yaskawa Motoman MH24 – DX200 Robot and Controller utilizing NSK technology will provide live ultrsonic cutting and trimming on an assortment of materials.