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.


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 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


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.