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March 4, 2021

WHAT IS THE COBOT EXPO SERIES?

In 2020, Universal Robots hosted two groundbreaking virtual trade shows geared to a broad range of manufacturers and industries. This year, they are excited to launch The Cobot Expo Series ’21 – five virtual events that focus on the industries and applications most relevant for collaborative robots during these challenging manufacturing times.

Join in on March 9-10, 10AM-5PM EST for Universal Robots' two-day online expo focused on Picking, Packaging, and Palletizing applications with Universal Robots. PPP tasks go hand-in-hand with labor and ergonomic challenges. Today’s smart packagers employ collaborative robots to take over box erecting, bin picking, lifting, stacking and palletizing tasks, allowing you to reassign your employees to higher value, safer work. Cobots are also flexible enough to be moved from task to task, so they can be used wherever they’re needed most on any given day.

PICK PACK PALL EXPO FACTS

  • No Cost to Attend
  • Free Personalized Consultations
  • 2 Days - March 9-10
  • 12 Industry Serving Partners
  • 15 Informative Keynotes
  • 15 Booths & Systems on Display

 

EASY TO DEPLOY SYSTEMS FOR YOUR BUSINESS

Join in - Are you looking for inspiration or even for specific approaches to optimize your production? Here you will find suitable tips and learn from knowledgeable automation professionals. Experts from the industry will share their experiences in several keynote presentations. Listen to application stories, ask questions and benefit from this concentration of cobot knowledge. Universal Robots will show you the key benefits of collaborative robots in entry-level demos and explain which model and peripheral equipment suits your requirements.

Make your plan - Are you ready to develop your own cobot application? Receive real insight and guidance on the show floor from the team. Universal Robots engineers and partners will be available to discuss your unique production environment and explore application possibilities for your business. Through live product demos and live chats, they will help you bring your application to life and explain how you can prevent stumbling blocks during integration right from the start.

Make the change - Are you already automating with traditional robots, want to optimize your current system, or are you thinking about adding more cobots to your production line? Here you can find like-minded people and talk shop with real professionals. Whether at the keynote Q&As, in one-on-one conversations, or in the live system demos: As a visitor to The Cobot Expo Series, you are an active part of the robotics community. Universal Robots are gathering beginners, users and connoisseurs to lead the pack in factory automation. Let their experience deploying 50,000 cobots work for you.

Register HERE.


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MC Omron Tradtional Factories have Data Needs Too 1 400

The right tools and tech can enable advanced predictive maintenance, bottleneck prevention and optimization. Find out how digitalization is bridging the gap between legacy systems and Industry 4.0.
 
Without a doubt, digitalization is setting high standards for efficiency and throughput in production. Today, as manufacturers move ever closer to Industry 4.0, the question has increasingly shifted from ‘if’ to ‘when’ production companies will be able to make use of the data being generated with every piece that comes off the line. How do traditional companies take the first steps to digitalization and put that data to work? How do they make the move to unlocking the potential in every production system to improve and optimise their output? And what is the simplest way to harness the power of cloud computing and artificial intelligence at the edge?
 
As we know, not every modern factory is a greenfield high-tech showroom with pristine workers in lab smocks. In fact, many of them may not even be all that modern, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t benefit from the modern tools, processes and best practices that are the hallmarks of a productive and successful factory. In this journey to modernity, digitalization has become a vital bridge, enabling owners and production directors to begin harvesting the data that can provide vital clues to enhancing production.
 
Start with Sensors
As new standards of efficiency and quality become the norm, those seeking a competitive edge are turning increasingly to digitalization. Sensors (from very simple to highly complex) can be incorporated into all types of production lines, to measure everything from unit temperature and speed to output shape and size, weight and hardness and most everything in between. Sensors can form part of a wireless network, sending signals remotely, or can be connected directly into an existing production system, depending on the needs of the factory.
 
From Raw Data to Vital Information
 
The resulting output from these sensors is the raw data that can be transformed into information and insights to streamline efficiency, remove bottlenecks, reduce downtime and optimize production cycles—when used correctly. Before any data can be analysed, it has to be stored, either on an in-house server or using a cloud-based service for greater scope for expansion and off-site processing. Exactly how much storage is needed depends on the application, level of digitalization, output form and required analysis. For comparison, a production line with simple sensors attached to monitor throughput will generate significantly less data than one with quality-control cameras monitoring multiple types of product forms.

 

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MC Rittal Introducs Blue e S Cooling Units cUL Approved for Canada 1 400

Rittal is expanding its smart cooling unit solutions by adding the new Blue e+ S range. Their latest generation of cooling units with lower output categories of 300, 500, and 1,000 W have been designed for efficiency, ensuring a smaller footprint and lower costs – just like their “bigger brothers.” So, it’s a win-win both for users and for our future.

Solutions that reduce our carbon footprint during production are in high demand. But at the same time, these solutions need to be intelligent and communication-enabled so that they can be easily integrated into digitalised manufacturing environments. Seven years ago, Rittal responded to this demand with its Blue e+ range of cooling solutions and launched extremely efficient enclosure cooling units, which provided on average energy savings of 75 percent.

Now we have a new generation – the next generation – but still developed with that same design DNA. These new cooling units with their lower cooling outputs of 300, 500, and 1,000 watts called “Blue e+ S” add to the Blue e+ family, and bring with them additional smart capabilities. And furthermore, this new generation offers innovative energy-saving features for the production process.

What’s behind this energy-saving and therefore cost reduction is the technology used, combining a heat pipe with inverter-controlled components. The heat pipe works without a compressor, expansion valve, or other regulating elements and so does not need any electrical energy except to operate the fan. Depending on the thermal energy generated in the enclosure and the current ambient temperature, cooling can be performed with the heat pipe alone. The additional compressor cooling only operates if a large amount of heat has to be dissipated from the enclosure or if the ambient temperature is very high. And what’s more – when it does operate, it is far more energy-efficient than conventional units. This is because the compressor and fans possess an inverter-controlled drive, which automatically adjusts their speeds depending on the requirements. As a result, the temperature within the enclosure remains constant, and the energy efficiency is significantly higher than with other more conventional cooling units.

Staying cool all the time

Alongside energy efficiency, another feature also reduces the carbon footprint: The new Blue e+ S series uses a refrigerant with a GWP (Global Warming Potential) that is 56 percent lower than those used in comparable cooling units. Furthermore, instead of the R-134a previously used, the cooling circuit in the new generation of units now runs with R-513A refrigerant.

 

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