June 10 , 2008
Welcome to the June 2008 issue of Motoman Direct, containing news, product information and updates from Motoman Inc.
»NEW! SIA20 (Slim, Individual Arm) Robot – this lean and powerful 7-axis arm features best-in-class wrist performance characteristics that enable amazing freedom of movement, coupled with the ability to maneuver in very tight areas. With five times faster accelerations, the compact SIA20 has a 16% smaller footprint. The slim SIA20 is ideal for assembly, injection molding, inspection, machine tending, and a host of other operations...
« NEW! EA1800N “Expert Arc” Welding Robot – this model features a heavier (15 kg) payload, is 15 percent faster and has higher allowable wrist moments than most welding robots. Expanded B-axis motion improves circumferential welding and the T-axis rotates ±200 degrees without cable interference. A 45 mm thru-hole in the wrist allows water lines or sensor cables to be routed to the torch...
NEW! Weld Cell Wizard – this web-based tool will help you select the best Motoman ArcWorld® or FabWorld® solution to meet your application needs. Input basic information about part sizes, payloads, part orientation and cycle time requirements, and the Weld Cell Wizard does the rest...
NEW! AutoSorter III – this stand-alone pre-/post clinical specimen-processing platform is ideal for mid-size and large hospital laboratories. It provides throughput capacity of 300-800 specimens per hour, depending upon processing requirements (centrifugation, decapping and/or sorting)...
Motoman Announces Record-High 2007 Customer Satisfaction Survey Rating -- Based on a record number of survey responses, Motoman is thrilled to receive the highest Customer Satisfaction score in our history, a 4.58 rating out of a 5.0 possible scale...
From the survey responses, 12 names were randomly drawn to win their choice of Palm Tungsten E2 Handheld, 8GB iPod nano or Olympus 8.0 MP digital camera.
Winners were: Ken Bailey (Lacks Trim Systems), Shawn Cobb (Siegel-Roberts Automotive), James Dismuke (Midwest Fabrication), Terry Hall (Suzuki Mfg of America Corp), Frank Marcella (Sentry Group), Adam Mendoza (Virco Mfg Corp), Don Payne (Eaton Inoac Co), Ronald Secrist II (Sanoh-America Inc), Albertos Solis Angeles (Saint-Gobain Mexico S.A. de C.V.), David Vitiello (ArcelorMittal Automotive), Andrew Webb (TEC Automation, Inc.), and Charles Zhang (Dana Corporation).
Tom Bryant Promoted to VP -- Motoman is pleased to announce that Tom Bryant has been promoted to Vice-President, Standards & Logistics Group...
» Motoman to Relocate Detroit Facility to Rochester Hills -– The move from Wixom to the new Rochester Hills facility is slated for the end of June. Our new address will be 2050 Austin Avenue, Rochester Hills, MI 48309-3665. Watch for the announcement on our web site...
NEW brochure!!! Heavy Weldment Solutions -- Motoman’s Advanced Systems Group has extensive knowledge and experience in providing robust custom robotic automation for heavy weldments, one of our select focus areas...
NEW brochure!!! Bottle Pack Solutions. Motoman’s Advanced Systems Group has extensive expertise in providing innovative custom solutions for plastic bottle packing, including case pack, tray pack, bulk unitized load, assembly and machine unload cells...
Editorials, Case Studies & Articles
“Robots Weld Round Baler Rolls at New Holland Plant” by Mary Kay Morel – Penton’s Welding Magazine – April 2008. New Holland uses a fully automated welding cell that uses a Motoman HP200 robot to load/unload baler roll assemblies into a positioner. A Motoman HP50 robot welds the trunnion parts...
“Robotic Transporters for Large Weldments” by Chris Anderson. Robotics Online - Mid-May 2008. Robot transporters can extend the robot work envelope and improve access to large weldments. Find out how to determine whether your application is best-suited for a linear floor- or wall-mounted track, linear overhead gantry or radial transport beam solution...
“University of Dayton, Motoman Partner on Robot Lab,” Dayton Business Journal – April 3, 2008. Motoman is providing $371,000 worth of state-of-the art robots to help establish the Motoman Robotics Laboratory at the University of Dayton School of Engineering...
“Human Friendship Paves Way for UD Robotics Lab,” Dayton Daily News – April 3, 2008. The University of Dayton’s new Motoman Robotics Laboratory came about in part through the friendship between UD engineering dean Joseph Saliba and Motoman’s president, Craig Jennings...
For more helpful hints, click here. Each issue of Motoman Direct includes "helpful hints" designed to provide practical advice and programming tips that will help our customers maximize the productivity of their Motoman robots.
DOES YOUR NX100 CONTROLLER HAVE A “RECYCLE BIN”?
In later versions of software (Version 4.19 and higher), the NX100 controller has a Trash Job List. This function is used to take those unused jobs off your Job List, and put them in the Trash.
SET UP-> TEACHING CONDITIONS-> JOB UNDELETE FUNCTION set to VALID
Now when you delete a job, it is placed in the Trash Job List (the “Recycle Bin”).
To view the Trash, JOB-> TRASH JOB LIST. (Note that there will not be a selection to view unless you have deleted something.)
From the Trash Job List, under JOB in the Menu Area, you can Delete from the Trash Job List or you can Undelete which brings the job back to the Job List.
WHICH SIDE OF A FERRIS-WHEEL TYPE POSITIONER SHOULD I PROGRAM FIRST?
When programming the same part on both sides of a Motoman MRM2 (ferris-wheel type) positioner, program jobs on the B-side of the positioner first (B-side is 0 pulse counts). Copy the jobs that you program on the B-side and parallel shift the station axis to the pulse counts of the A-side (A-side is always a positive number). By using this technique, only minor touch-up should be required and your system will be ready for production in a shorter timeframe.
Customer Satisfaction & Training
Motoman certified pre-owned robots can offer many years of highly productive, reliable performance at a fraction of the cost of a new robot (60%). These robots must pass a rigorous 60+ point testing and inspection process performed by factory-trained technicians using only brand-new Motoman parts. Backed by a one-year parts warranty, these reliable Motoman robots include the latest software upgrades or can be matched to the existing software version at your facility. Inventory of available certified pre-owned Motoman robots (and part positioners) is constantly changing. Contact Motoman Customer Service at 937.847.3200 for availability...
Register Online for Motoman Training Classes
You can register for all Motoman training classes in the U.S. and Canada on-line through Motoman's web site.
Motoman's on-line Customer Care Center offers enhanced E-commerce functions and much more. Available 24/7, the site enables you to order spare/replacement parts, software, and manuals; check order status; and register for training at the Motoman Technical Education Center or for our growing offering of web-based training. It also features product information, technical resources and tools to help you manage your Motoman products. Please follow the link below to complete your registration and begin using the site!
Motoman products and services will be exhibited at the following trade shows and expositions in 2008. If you plan to attend these shows, please visit our booth:
AACC – July 29-31 – Washington D.C. – Booth #1161.
IMTS – September 8-13, 2008 – Chicago, IL – Booth #6400.
FABTECH – October 6-8, 2008 – Las Vegas, NV – Booth #13049.
PackExpo – November 9-13, 2008 – Chicago, IL – Booth #1495.
G2E – November 18-20 – Las Vegas, NV -- Booth #N324.
If you’d like to see Motoman exhibit highlights for trade shows you might have missed this year, click here.
Decipher the following encrypted "MotoQuote" phrase (a puzzle in which one letter has been substituted for another) and e-mail the answer, along with your name, company name, company address, and work phone number to email@example.com. On June 13, we will draw a winner from eligible respondents who correctly solve the MotoQuote puzzle. The lucky winner will be sent his or her choice of a scale model of a Motoman EA-Series “Expert Arc” welding robot or ES-series “Expert Spot” welding robot.
The winner of the April MotoQuote drawing was Michael Powell of Dixie Tool & Die Company, Inc. in Rainbow City, Alabama. He received a scale-model of a seven-axis Motoman IA20 robot.
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