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How Test Fixtures Streamline the Robotics Repair Process

Oct 25, 2017 8:28:31 AM / by RadwellInternational posted in Fanuc, industrial robots, manufacturing, Robotics, test capabilities, Industrial repairs, Test fixtures, Repair, kuka

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Original Source: http://insights.globalspec.com/article/6600/how-test-fixtures-streamline-the-robotics-repair-process

Robots are a critical part of today’s manufacturing. Keeping them running is a high priority, while minimizing downtime for repairs is essential.

In places like automotive plants, the robots can be massive, so sending them out for repair is not an option. Typically, when something goes wrong with one of these large machines, the problem can be traced back to a single component—a board or drive, a human-machine interface (HMI), a programmable logic controller (PLC) or a touchscreen, for example. Once the customer identifies the component that has failed, the next step is sending it out for repair or replacement.

Radwell International, a leader in industrial repair, distribution and surplus automation, maintains a $2-billion surplus, which is a great cost-effective alternative for a customer with a machine down. This this surplus also allows for their Engineering Department build efficient test fixtures. This huge on-site inventory of parts and robots means technicians can put the part in question through a full-load test in the same model robot as the one the customer uses. As a result, Radwell’s customers have confidence in the repairs and replacements because they know their components have been thoroughly tested. Radwell can also repair or replace teach pendants, control panels and any of the control components, as well as other parts such as servo motors.

This surplus and testing capability sets Radwell apart from its competitors and greatly enhances its capacity to quickly test components and replacement parts, so that its customers are up and running again as soon as possible. The extensive testing enables Radwell to offer its customers a two-year warranty (compared to the industry-standard of 12-18 months), and also keeps the warranty rate very low (4 percent versus the 6 percent industry average).

Watch a short video about the company’s robotic repair and test capabilities featuring the Kawasaki UX120F, a robot that improves production line efficiencies and general industry and automotive applications. The Kawasaki UC120F is just one of the many robots Radwell has available to test components.

 

 

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Equipment Overview: KH7050 Laser Engraving Machine

Oct 19, 2017 11:43:00 AM / by Julie Basello posted in Automation, Behind the Scenes at Radwell International, Facilities, manufacturing, production, repairs, technology, streamlining, Custom

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HMI Systems: An Operational Cornerstone

May 16, 2017 4:07:10 PM / by Julie Basello posted in cost savings, engineering, Industrial Automation, maintenance, manufacturing, technology, Tips from the Warehouse, Quality Assurance, materials handling, streamlining, warranty, innovations, hmi, hmi repairs, hmi benefits, human machine interface

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In this day and age, human machine interfaces are everywhere. Think about every point of contact a human has with technology and it becomes a reminder that as humans, we interact with machines in just about every aspect of our lives today. Self-service checkout at the grocery store, plugging an address into your car’s GPS or getting some cash at the ATM are all examples of instances when humans interact with an interface designed to help foster human/machine communication.

As it applies to automation equipment in a manufacturing facility, human machine interface products offer the necessary electronics to easily control automation equipment in an industrial environment. HMI products can range from a simple design with basic screen controls to a more complex touchscreen with numerous features and windows. In most environments, whether for service oriented tasks or in an industrial environment, HMI systems must be resistant to dust, water, moisture, high or low temperatures and even chemicals.

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Gedevelop GFM System: An Overview

May 8, 2017 3:28:22 PM / by Julie Basello posted in Behind the Scenes at Radwell International, cost savings, engineering, Industrial Automation, maintenance, manufacturing, technology, Tips from the Warehouse, Quality Assurance, eco-friendly, materials handling, streamlining, warranty, innovations, Spindles, gedevelop, Insulation, Camera, gedevelop repairs, Fiber, GFM

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All over the world, manufacturers in the glass fiberizing and glass wool industry are interested in increasing the quality of their products. The Gedevelop GFM System is suited for this process. It works with glass flow and collects data in real time for optimum control of the manufacturing process. This system reduces material costs and shortens production downtime.

How exactly does this system work? The Gedevelop system uses a camera which looks at the glass stream and reads information for stream diameter and stream velocity. The information is then sent to the central unit and based on set parameters, calculates the glass flow. The glass flow meter continuously measures glass flow individually for each fiberizing unit and allows the pull to be controlled within .5%. It also checks that the quality of the glass stream is at the correct level and if it isn’t, the system can make adjustments. This glass flow meter is a
non-contact, optical measurement system that calculates the flow of molten glass that falls from the bushing into the fiberizer. Many installations worldwide have proven that glass flow measurement is a very profitable investment in a short amount of payback time.

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Cost Savings with CNC Spindle Drive Retrofits

Apr 24, 2017 10:30:22 AM / by Julie Basello posted in CNC, CNC Repair, cost savings, engineering, Industrial Automation, maintenance, manufacturing, technology, Tips from the Warehouse, Quality Assurance, Best Practices, solar power, eco-friendly, materials handling, streamlining, warranty, innovations, Spindles, Retrofits

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One of the repair services we provide for our customers at Radwell International is CNC spindle drive retrofits. This service is something that is designed to not only provide cost savings for our clients but also extend the life of a CNC machine tool without requiring an entire machine retrofit. We recently caught up with Mark Councilman, the CNC Sales Manager at Radwell International, based out of our Arlington, Texas location. Mark is a CNC Subject Matter Expert and has been working in the CNC area for 17 years. We had the chance to discuss a bit about CNC machines and how CNC Spindle Retrofits can save time and money for a manufacturing environment.  

What is your role at Radwell International?

My role as CNC Sales Manager is to develop & implement strategies for production, distribution, inside/outside sales, and marketing that position Radwell as a leader in the CNC support market. Currently, my day includes gathering information as I research the CNC market. Typically, I’ll review and validate current pricing on the website and process requests for CNC parts as they trickle in from ASM’s, ISM’s, and customers. I might reach out to Alan Gage with an opportunity for Radwell Verified Subs, and/or seek support from Todd Radwell for a list of parts that should be targeted for pre-certification. The facilities I worked in specialized in exchange and repair of motors, drives, power supplies, CRT’s, and control boards for the CNC market. That's how I came to be considered a subject matter expert in this area.

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Best Practices in Eco-Friendly Innovation for Manufacturing and Materials Handling Industries

Mar 28, 2017 11:32:26 AM / by Maggie Harris posted in cost savings, engineering, Industrial Automation, maintenance, manufacturing, technology, Tips from the Warehouse, Quality Assurance, Best Practices, solar power, eco-friendly, materials handling, recycling, streamlining, warranty, innovations

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For many manufacturers, the prospect of moving towards eco-friendly solutions and innovations such as renewable energy is very much front of mind; however, actually implementing the necessary changes is easier said than done. Luckily, as technology develops, and the appetite for carbon neutrality increases around the globe, there are many options for saving not only the bottom line, but the environment.

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Four Ways Your Manufacturing Operation Can Go Green and Save

Feb 22, 2016 7:00:00 AM / by RadwellInternational posted in Asset Recovery, Business, Green, Industrial Automation, manufacturing, PLC Center, Radwell International, Radwell Service Offerings, Save money, Solutions

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In the business climate of today, it’s no longer an option to run a manufacturing facility as greenly as possible- it's a necessity. With the rising cost of doing business, finding ways to help the environment and reduce costs is a new standard. It's a standard that many are working hard to achieve in their daily business operations.

For manufacturing facilities, with their large working spaces and equipment-driven operations, going green can be even more critical. Finding ways to help the environment can be challenging but there are four simple ways to make a decent level of “green” impact:

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Robots for the Real World: Is a Collaborative Robot Right For Your Company?

Jan 6, 2016 7:00:46 AM / by RadwellInternational posted in Industrial Automation, manufacturing, Robotics, Uncategorized

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What is a collaborative robot?

A collaborative robot or cobot is a robot designed to assist humans as a guide or helper in completing a specific task or set of tasks. A regular robot is designed to be programmed to work mostly autonomously. In contrast, a cobot is programmed to work alongside a human in a helpful capacity. Depending upon the capacity, having a robotic "helping hand" can make a big difference in terms of productivity.

Non collaborative robots are designed to work autonomously. In fact industrial robots are far too dangerous to share space with humans and have been linked to many fatal accidents. They are great at performing monotonous jobs and complete heavy lifting but when they make contact with humans they can cause serious injury.

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The Father of PLC's:How Richard Morley Revolutionised the Automation Industry

Nov 25, 2015 11:09:11 AM / by RadwellInternational posted in Allen Bradley, Automation, Dick Morley, Europe, Fanuc, Industrial Automation, Industrial automationPLC; Programmable Logic Contr, Industry, maintenance, manufacturing, Modicon, Omron, PLC, production, Programmable Logic Controller, Radwell International, Schneider, Uncategorized, United Kingdom, United States

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It’s been 51 years since the birth of the Programmable Logic Controller. We look back at the history of the PLC and how replacing hard wired relay systems changed the world of manufacturing.

  Dick Morley, 1968

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Social Media and Industrial Automation Becoming Friends

Sep 1, 2015 12:01:02 PM / by RadwellInternational posted in Behind the Scenes at Radwell International, Business, clients, facebook, google+, Industrial Automation, instagram, linkedin, manufacturing, pinterest, social media, twitter

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Social Media has taken the world by storm over the last decade and only recently have businesses begun to utilize it to connect with their customers in more than a “here’s our product” sort of way. Customers, especially the younger generations, want to feel like they are part of something, not just buying a product. This is where social media becomes a significant tool for marketing. If done correctly, it connects your followers to the spirit of your company. They connect with your company and feel like they are part of something more.

Here at Radwell, we took a big leap into social media five years ago. It went from a quick post on Facebook, to becoming one of our marketing pillars.

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