February 28 , 2007
Welcome to the February 2007 issue of Motoman Direct, containing news, product information, and updates from Motoman Inc.
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Excerpts of comments made by Motoman President Craig Jennings for Robotics Online's industry outlook article, entitled "Robotics Industry Strives to Diversify in 2007":
Motoman's President Craig Jennings sees general industry as a driver for growth in robotics in 2007 while the automotive sector gets back on track. "In general industry, there does not seem to be too much of a downturn," Jennings says.
"Motoman is seeing strong orders from the construction and mining markets. Those markets are serving us quite well. Consumer markets are still percolating along with no impact from the downturn in automotive," he explains.
"Going into 2007, the robotics industry is still going to have problems with the Big Three Automotive makers because they are still not going to be growing at their potential capacity," Jennings continues.
Jennings adds that he believes the automotive sector will be finishing their downsizing in 2007 and will be poised to invest in robotics more in 2008.
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Editorials, Case Studies, & Articles
"A 'Butter' Way to Palletize" - Packaging Digest - December 2006
"Robots Rack Up Productivity at Tru-Form: A Robot Case Study" - Robotics Online - December 14, 2006
"Robots at Work" - Today's Medical Developments - November/December 2006
Customer Satisfaction & Training
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Customer Service Questions
Problem: Why does Customer Service ask me so many questions when I call to report a problem with my Motoman robot?
Solution: Motoman Customer Service supports in excess of 300 products, not including custom variants, systems, software and associated equipment. The questions we ask you are necessary to properly identify the product in question. All newer products are delivered with WARRANTY ID NUMBER stickers added to both the controller's ID plate and the manipulator's ID plate. This number is extremely helpful when identifying a system's components and options. In addition, every manipulator ID plate contains the arm's TYPE number. Some arms have as many as 16 variants. This information can be critical when replacing specific components. Save time by always have the Warranty ID number and both controller and manipulator model numbers at the ready when calling for support or replacement parts.
Speed Override Function for NX100 and XRC controllers
Problem: I want to be able to increase the speed of my Motoman robot while it is running in Play mode.
Solution: Use the Speed Override Function to increase robot speed while operating the robot in Play mode. This function will affect all motions expressed as a constant, allowing speed to be globally changed by a percentage (50-150%) during play mode. When you perform a speed override on a job that includes child jobs or subroutines, the change will affect the motions that are actually executed. If you have a parent job or a child job that has its job header set to EDIT LOCK: ON, then the speed override will not be executed. You will see an alarm number 4476: CANNOT EDIT (Edit LOCK JOB). With this function, you can increase the speed of the robot to its maximum allowed speed. That speed increase can be limited by certain basic limitations of your robot application (for example, the weight of the tool and the acceleration and deceleration of the robot as it is performing the programmed path execution).
Motoman recently exhibited at:
ATX - January 29-31 - Anaheim Convention Center - Anaheim, CA - Booth #4161. Motoman's exhibit showcased a dual-arm DA9IC robot simulating complex machine loading and an HP20 case palletizing solution.
Motoman products and services will be exhibited at the following trade shows and expositions. If you plan to attend, please visit our booth:
Seatrade Cruise Shipping - March 13-15 - Miami Beach Convention Center - Miami Beach, FL - Booth #2436
National Restaurant Association (NRA) - May 19-22 - McCormick Place - Chicago, IL - Booth #3038
Robots & Vision - June 12-14 - Donald E. Stephens Convention Center - Rosemont (Chicago), IL - Booth #1423
FIN-X – September 18-20 - Indiana Convention Center – Indianapolis, IN - Booth #819
PackExpo - October 15-17 - Las Vegas Convention Center - Las Vegas, NV - Booth #3543
G2E – November 13-15 – Las Vegas Convention Center – Las Vegas, NV
Fabtech - Nov. 11-16 – McCormick Place - Chicago, IL - Booth 5017
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