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Industrial Machinery Digest » Industry Updates http://www.industrialmachinerydigest.com The Industry's Most Extensive Industrial Publication Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:19:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Dimetix: DLS-C Laser Distance Sensor http://www.industrialmachinerydigest.com/industry-updates/2014-09-19/dimetix-dls-c-laser-distance-sensor/ http://www.industrialmachinerydigest.com/industry-updates/2014-09-19/dimetix-dls-c-laser-distance-sensor/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:07:42 +0000 http://www.industrialmachinerydigest.com/?p=15072 The Dimetix DLS-C laser distance sensor measures reliably with millimeter precision and can be networked together with other laser units to monitor material levels. The DLS-C laser measures reliably on a variety of materials, such as plastic pellets, sand, gravel, road salt, white or colored plastic granulate, as well as on dry or wet gravel. […]

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Dimetix DLS-C laser distance sensorThe Dimetix DLS-C laser distance sensor measures reliably with millimeter precision and can be networked together with other laser units to monitor material levels. The DLS-C laser measures reliably on a variety of materials, such as plastic pellets, sand, gravel, road salt, white or colored plastic granulate, as well as on dry or wet gravel. Level measurements at distances far beyond 30m are well within the range of the DLS-C, which features a rugged, IP65 rated aluminum case with a DB15 interface. Serial RS232/RS422 and a scalable 4-20 mA analog signal outputs are standard, and an optional heater element is available to help withstand cold weather extremes to -40⁰C/F. 

DIMETIX USA is the exclusive US distributor for Dimetix laser distance sensors, stocking the complete line of Dimetix lasers along with the full range of accessories including brackets, cables, controllers, and software. Extensive hands-on experience with the Dimetix FLS-C, DLS-C, and EDS-C series laser sensors combined with many years of industrial laser measurement expertise makes DIMETIX USA the leader in non-contact measurement applications. 

 

For more information, please visit:
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or contact:
info@dimetix-usa.com

 

 

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Adams Machinery to Represent GF Machining Solutions http://www.industrialmachinerydigest.com/imd/2014-09-18/adams-machinery-represent-gf-machining-solutions/ http://www.industrialmachinerydigest.com/imd/2014-09-18/adams-machinery-represent-gf-machining-solutions/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:12:29 +0000 http://www.industrialmachinerydigest.com/?p=15041 GF Machining Solutions Announces New EDM Consumable Representative for Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada GF Machining Solutions is pleased to announce that Adams Machinery located in Tempe, Arizona will now represent its EDM consumable product line throughout Arizona, New Mexico and Clark County, Nevada.  Adams Machinery was founded in 1967 and has been serving the metal […]

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GF Machining Solutions & Adams MachineryGF Machining Solutions Announces New EDM Consumable Representative for Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada

GF Machining Solutions is pleased to announce that Adams Machinery located in Tempe, Arizona will now represent its EDM consumable product line throughout Arizona, New Mexico and Clark County, Nevada. 

Adams Machinery was founded in 1967 and has been serving the metal working communities of Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada ever since. The addition of a comprehensive consumable line from GF Machining Solutions will complement Adams Machinery’s current product offerings and expertise while providing customers with increased sales support and customer service.

In addition to EDM, high speed milling, high efficiency milling, laser and automation, GF Machining Solutions offers the industry’s largest variety of EDM wires, wear parts, electrodes, filters and other related consumables.

About GF Machining Solutions:
GF Machining Solutions is the world’s leading provider of machines, automation solutions and services to the tool and mold making industry and to manufactures of precision components. The products range from electric discharge machines, high-speed and high-performance Milling machines, including clamping and palletization systems, and 3D Laser surface texturing machines, to services, spare parts and expendable parts, consumables and automation solutions. As a globally active group, GF Machining Solutions, a Division of Georg Fischer Group (Switzerland), maintains a presence on 50 sites worldwide within its own organization. Its 2,873 employees generated sales of CHF 867 million in 2013. 

 

For more information, please visit:
www.gfms.com/us

Or contact:
gisbert.ledvon@georgfischer.com

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MC Machinery Welcomes New Midwest Regional Manager http://www.industrialmachinerydigest.com/industry-updates/2014-09-17/mc-machinery-promotes-steve-brown-to/ http://www.industrialmachinerydigest.com/industry-updates/2014-09-17/mc-machinery-promotes-steve-brown-to/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:18:36 +0000 http://www.industrialmachinerydigest.com/?p=15027 Steve Brown promoted to Midwest Regional Manager, MC Machinery MC Machinery Systems Inc. is pleased to welcome Steve Brown to his new position as Midwest Regional Manager – EDM, Additive, Waterjet, Milling, and Turning. With more than six years of sales experience with MC Machinery Systems, Brown is nuanced in the field and prepared to handle […]

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Steve Brown promoted to Midwest Regional Manager, MC Machinery

Steve Brown - MC Machinery

Steve Brown – MC Machinery – Midwest Regional Manager

MC Machinery Systems Inc. is pleased to welcome Steve Brown to his new position as Midwest Regional Manager – EDM, Additive, Waterjet, Milling, and Turning. With more than six years of sales experience with MC Machinery Systems, Brown is nuanced in the field and prepared to handle this new management role spanning:  Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, Montana, Idaho, and Utah. 

“After working for MC Machinery Systems for many years I’ve enjoyed assisting a wide variety of customers,” Brown says, “I’m excited to be able to work with our Midwest customers and provide them with the high level of service they’ve come to expect with MC Machinery Systems.” 

Most recently, Brown was an Account Manager for the West Coast and Mexico territory. His previous roles include Sales Liaison and EDM Sales Assistant. Brown is a 2007 graduate of Western Illinois University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. 

“Steve is a great example of the next generation of professionals in our business,” Nicolas Giannotte, VP, EDM, Additive, Waterjet, and Milling for MC Machinery. “He knows our products, has his finger on the pulse of the manufacturing landscape in North America and will hit the ground running in his new role.” 

 

For more information, please visit:
www.mcmachinery.com

Mitsubishi’s superior products are backed by industry-leading service and support. For more information about Wire EDMSinker EDMLaserWaterjetPress BrakeMillingHigh-Speed VMCEDM Drill, or Consumable Products.

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Boeing To Beat Out SpaceX For NASA Contract http://www.industrialmachinerydigest.com/industry-updates/2014-09-16/boeing-beat-spacex-nasa-contract/ http://www.industrialmachinerydigest.com/industry-updates/2014-09-16/boeing-beat-spacex-nasa-contract/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:45:19 +0000 http://www.industrialmachinerydigest.com/?p=15000 The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that Boeing is likely to be the primary winner of NASA’s Commercial Crew contract. This contract, which is worth billions, is being awarded for the final phase of development for a manned spacecraft that can take astronauts to the International Space Station and serve as a replacement for the Space Shuttle. That contract […]

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Boeing

Artist conception of Boeing CST-100 approaching the ISS. (Credit: Boeing)

The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that Boeing is likely to be the primary winner of NASA’s Commercial Crew contract. This contract, which is worth billions, is being awarded for the final phase of development for a manned spacecraft that can take astronauts to the International Space Station and serve as a replacement for the Space Shuttle. That contract is expected to be awarded this month.

There are currently three contenders for the Commercial Crew contract: Boeing, which is developing a manned capsule currently named the CST-100; SpaceX, whose unmanned version of its Dragon capsule has made several trips to the space station, and Sierra Nevada Corporation, whose winged Dream Chaser spacecraft will be capable of landing on a runway.

According to the WSJ report, a “growing consensus” of experts in industry and government believe Boeing will win the primary award of the contract, due to a belief that the veteran aerospace company is the “least risky” option. The report also notes that there is likely to be a smaller award to develop an alternative to Boeing’s CST-100, and that award is likely to go to SpaceX.

One thing that may have clinched the deal for Boeing, according to Reuters, is an unexpected assist from Jeff Bezos. According to that report, Bezos’ commercial space venture, Blue Origin, will be working with the Boeing-Lockheed Martin joint venture United Launch Alliance to develop a new rocket engine to replace the currently Russian-built RD-180 engine.

Blue Origin is currently developing what it calls the BE-3 rocket engine for flights of its planned New Shephard space capsule. This liquid hydrogen fueled engine had its first successful full-cycle test in December of last year.

Boeing’s CST-100 is designed to be lifted into orbit on a ULA Atlas 5 rocket, which features the RD-180 engine. However, a number of government officials have expressed concerned about ULA’s reliance on the Russian engines, particularly because ULA is currently the only launch provider for the military and other government agencies. Earlier this year, the Russian Deputy Prime Minister threatened that the country would halt the export of RD-180 engines to the U.S. However, engine deliveries since have so far continued uninterrupted.

To read the full press release, please visit:
www.forbes.com

For more information, please visit:
www.boeing.com

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GF Machining Solutions Opens New West Coast Facility http://www.industrialmachinerydigest.com/industry-updates/2014-09-16/gf-machining-solutions-west-coast-facility/ http://www.industrialmachinerydigest.com/industry-updates/2014-09-16/gf-machining-solutions-west-coast-facility/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:37:57 +0000 http://www.industrialmachinerydigest.com/?p=14638 GF Machining Solutions has opened a state-of-the-art facility in Southern California. This “Center of Competence” is part of a brand new, 106,000-square-foot Georg Fischer campus in Irvine, Orange County. With its large machine demonstration space, customer training rooms and resources for sales, service and applications staff, as well as an extensive spare parts and consumables […]

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GF Machining Solutions Irvine Facility

GF Machining Solutions Irvine Facility

GF Machining Solutions has opened a state-of-the-art facility in Southern California. This “Center of Competence” is part of a brand new, 106,000-square-foot Georg Fischer campus in Irvine, Orange County. With its large machine demonstration space, customer training rooms and resources for sales, service and applications staff, as well as an extensive spare parts and consumables warehouse, this impressive facility will further strengthen support for West Coast customers. 

The region’s manufacturers will have the opportunity to experience what the leading provider of high-speed machines, EDM, laser texturing and automation solutions can offer them at an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for October 9-10 in Irvine. During the event, visitors can tour the facility and consult with application and product specialists from GF Machining Solutions. 

According to Gisbert Ledvon, director of business development for GF Machining Solutions, “GF Machining Solutions is committed to continuously offering the highest level of customer application support. This commitment is evident in the opening of our Center of Competence in California. We look forward to providing our West Coast customers with even more of the solutions they need to maximize the productivity and profitability of their operations.”

For more details on the open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony, please visit:
www.gfms.com

 

About GF Machining Solutions:
GF Machining Solutions in the world’s leading provider of machines, automation solutions and services to the tool and moldmaking industry and manufacturers of precision components. The company’s portfolio includes EDM machines, high-speed and high-performance milling machines, clamping and palletization systems, 3D laser texturing machines, automation solutions, spare and consumable parts and other customer services. A division of Georg Fischer Group (Switzerland), GF Machining Solutions maintains a presence of 50 sites around the world, employs 2,873 team members and generates annual sales in excess of $985 million.

For more information, please visit:
www.gfms.com/us

Or contact:
Gisbert Ledvon
gisbert.ledvon@georgfischer.com

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Mazak: Strategic Reorganization in Southeast Region http://www.industrialmachinerydigest.com/industry-updates/2014-09-12/mazak-reorganization-in-southeast-region/ http://www.industrialmachinerydigest.com/industry-updates/2014-09-12/mazak-reorganization-in-southeast-region/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:33:21 +0000 http://www.industrialmachinerydigest.com/?p=14956 Mazak Corporation has launched a strategic reorganization that will enable the company and three of its distributor partners to intensify service and support for customers in the Southeast region of the United States. This forward-thinking plan will change how Mazak machine tools and manufacturing solutions are sold and supported in the area as well as […]

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Mazak Corporation has launched a strategic reorganization that will enable the company and three of its distributor partners to intensify service and support for customers in the Southeast region of the United States. This forward-thinking plan will change how Mazak machine tools and manufacturing solutions are sold and supported in the area as well as grow market share for the brand in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Florida.   

Premier Engineering LLC., which Mazak named its distributor for Georgia last February, is expanding its business into the state of South Carolina. Machine Tech will continue its aggressive marketing and distribution efforts for Mazak products in North Carolina and Virginia, while Premier Machinery will do the same for Florida. 

According to Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corporation, the new structure will bring a better balance and cohesiveness to the company’s product distribution in the Southeast. “We believe this strategic change will further enhance applications, service and sales support for customers in this region as well as continue our growth in the region,” he noted. 

All three distributors will work integrally with Mazak’s Southeast Technology Center, located in Suwanee, Georgia. The service and support personnel from each distributor location will collaborate with the Technology Center’s process and applications engineering staff to help manufacturers generate the most innovative solutions for increasing productivity, efficiency and equipment utilization.
 

About Mazak Corporation:
Mazak Corporation is a leader in the design and manufacture of productivity-improving machine tool solutions. Committed to being a partner to customers with innovative technology, its world-class facility in Florence, Kentucky, produces over 100 models of turning centers, Multi-Tasking machines and vertical machining centers, including 5- axis models. Continuously investing in manufacturing technology allows the Kentucky plant to be the most advanced and efficient machine tool builder, providing high-quality and reliable products through its “Production-On-Demand” manufacturing practice. Mazak maintains eight Technology Centers across North America to provide local hands-on applications, service and sales support to its customers.

For more information, please visit:
www.mazak.com

Or click HERE to contact.

 

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BEX Appoints New Sales Manager – Mike Simmerer http://www.industrialmachinerydigest.com/industry-updates/2014-09-11/bex-appoints-new-sales-manager/ http://www.industrialmachinerydigest.com/industry-updates/2014-09-11/bex-appoints-new-sales-manager/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 03:37:55 +0000 http://www.industrialmachinerydigest.com/?p=14943 Move is one of several made in response to the company’s continued growth. BEX Incorporated (www.bex.com), a leading manufacturer of industrial spray nozzles has announced the appointment of Mike Simmerer as National Sales Manager. The announcement was made by Christian Canzano, General Manager. Simmerer has been with BEX for over 20 years in a variety of […]

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Move is one of several made in response to the company’s continued growth.

BEX Incorporated (www.bex.com), a leading manufacturer of industrial spray nozzles has announced the appointment of Mike Simmerer as National Sales Manager. The announcement was made by Christian Canzano, General Manager.

BEX Mike SimmererSimmerer has been with BEX for over 20 years in a variety of capacities, most recently as Customer Service Liaison.

“We’re very pleased for Mike and we’re very pleased for our customers. Mike has been an incredible source in responding to our customers’ needs. This new position will now allow Mike to get even more involved in servicing our customer base,” said Canzano.

Derek Bowen, President of BEX added, “We are in the process of increasing our sales representation and production capacity throughout the organization. With our continued growth in North America we needed to reorganize to meet the challenges of that growth. Mike will help us tremendously in that effort.”

Simmerer holds a Master’s Degree in both Management and Business Administration from Walsh College.  He resides in Westland, Michigan with his wife Keri and his three children.

BEX, a manufacturer of spray nozzles, is a leader in providing unique and patented technology to improve spray application quality and reduce maintenance. For over 50 years BEX design and development team has provided answers to tough application questions in a variety of industries. The company’s focus is on quality products, competitive pricing and fast delivery. Its ongoing commitment to research and development provides the basis for its ability to provide products that meet the changing needs of the industrial environment.

BEX Spray Nozzles are manufactured in North America with international headquarters located in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada; U.S. headquarters in Ann Arbor, MI, and European headquarters in Willich, Germany.

 

For more information, please visit:
www.bex.com

Or contact:
sales@bex.com

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Tech Molded Plastics: New Website http://www.industrialmachinerydigest.com/industry-updates/2014-09-10/tech-molded-plastics-new-website/ http://www.industrialmachinerydigest.com/industry-updates/2014-09-10/tech-molded-plastics-new-website/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:02:35 +0000 http://www.industrialmachinerydigest.com/?p=14857 New Website Experience Enhances Company’s Growth and Achievements Tech Molded Plastics, Inc. has implemented a new website featuring extensive new content and a mobile-friendly design.  The development and launch of the site follows a string of other recent milestones, including the company’s 40th anniversary, and receiving Processor of the Year Award from Plastics News and […]

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New Website Experience Enhances Company’s Growth and Achievements

Tech Molded Plastics - New website

Tech Molded Plastics, Inc. has implemented a new website featuring extensive new content and a mobile-friendly design.  The development and launch of the site follows a string of other recent milestones, including the company’s 40th anniversary, and receiving Processor of the Year Award from Plastics News and the Society of Plastics Industry.

Tech’s resource-oriented website provides an overview of many subjects, from company biography and philosophies, to its full service production capabilities.  Technical information about mold design and manufacturing, injection molding processes, facility listings, and quality assurance practices is thoroughly, but also clearly and concisely accessible to both non-industry professionals and engineers.  Even with such a comprehensive summary of topics, the site is easy to navigate, and is visually engaging to the user.  A simplistic, clean interface is complimented by vibrant, colorful photographs of Tech’s facilities and employees.

The “News” section of the Tech Molded Plastics website is updated with increasing frequency as the company continues to provide stores of its expansion and the accomplishments of its people. Most recently, Tech has added new presses to its production facilities, and employees have achieved major goals in Master Molder certifications.  This summer, an apprentice at Tech received a national scholarship award from the American Mold Builders Association.  For those curious in tracing the company’s successes and major events over the past several years, there is a news archive on the site dating back to 2007.

Tech Molded Plastics is also broadening its social media coverage and harnessing multimedia resources to promote a variety of interests, including professional successes, community outreach and involvement, and employee recruitment.  Tech has a strong Facebook following, and maintains an ever-growing network on LinkedIn.  Video is becoming an essential tool for the company as well, found on both the Tech website and a YouTube channel.   These videos feature many subjects, including company tours, employee testimonials, and even local news coverage.

The fresh, modern layout and photographic array of employees on Tech’s website sets it apart from many manufacturers’ websites.   

About Tech Molded Plastics, Inc.:
Located in Meadville, Pennsylvania, is an ISO 9001:2008 certified injection molded plastics company that supplies full-service injection mold design & development, precision mold tooling, custom injection molding, and integrated packaging & assembly to the medical, automotive, consumer, electronics, and aeronautics industries.

For the new Tech Molded Plastics website experience, please visit: 
www.ttmp.com

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Jim Rock Appointed Seegrid CEO http://www.industrialmachinerydigest.com/industry-updates/2014-09-09/jim-rock-appointed-seegrid-ceo/ http://www.industrialmachinerydigest.com/industry-updates/2014-09-09/jim-rock-appointed-seegrid-ceo/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 01:52:17 +0000 http://www.industrialmachinerydigest.com/?p=14812 Seegrid Robotics Company Announced the Appointment of Jim Rock as CEO Seegrid Corporation, global leader of robotic automated guided vehicles (AGVs), announced the appointment of Jim Rock as chief executive officer by Seegrid’s Board of Directors. Prior to Rock’s CEO appointment, he served as president of Vocollect Healthcare by Honeywell, a provider of voice recognition […]

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Seegrid Robotics Company Announced the Appointment of Jim Rock as CEO

Seegrid CEO Jim Rock

Newly appointed Seegrid CEO – Jim Rock

Seegrid Corporation, global leader of robotic automated guided vehicles (AGVs), announced the appointment of Jim Rock as chief executive officer by Seegrid’s Board of Directors.

Prior to Rock’s CEO appointment, he served as president of Vocollect Healthcare by Honeywell, a provider of voice recognition software and hardware for healthcare providers.

Rock has a proven track record of leading and growing high-tech businesses in emerging markets for over twenty years.  His executive portfolio includes founding and developing companies in advanced manufacturing, semiconductors, artificial intelligence, IT software application solutions, and consumer technology.

Daniel Shapira, Chairman of the Board of Seegrid stated, “We are delighted to welcome Jim Rock to Seegrid. His outstanding executive expertise will drive executing on strategies that will accelerate Seegrid’s sales globally and take the company on a rapid growth phase.  Rock’s passion and innovative leadership strategy is exactly what the company requires for continued growth and product expansion.”

“Seegrid’s vision-guided technology is game-changing automation for materials handling with flexible products that reduce high labor rates and operating costs, improve workplace safety, and allow companies to operate with added efficiency.  I am impressed with the unique and compelling technology platform and honored to lead and work with such an outstanding and dedicated team,” expressed Rock.

About Seegrid:
Seegrid Corporation, global leader of robotic vision-guided automated guided vehicles (AGVs), designs, engineers, and manufactures AGVs for the materials handling industry to operate with simplicity, flexibility, and affordability. The company’s state-of-the-art navigation technology requires no infrastructure for navigation—no wires, lasers, tapes, or magnets. Seegrid vision-guided AGVs are revolutionizing the movement of materials in manufacturing and distribution environments.
 
Creating economic and operational advantages, robotic pallet trucks, tow tractors, and walkie stackers optimize workflow processes by increasing productivity and reducing labor and operating costs. Seegrid AGVs improve workplace safety, reduce equipment and product damage, and deliver a rapid return on investment.
 
Maximize efficiency and productivity of vision-guided AGVs by utilizing Seegrid Supervisor, a network appliance that connects, monitors, and controls a fleet of AGVs.

Guided by Seegrid® partnerships with leading global industrial truck manufacturers provide businesses with a choice when selecting a brand of robotic vision-guided AGVs. Seegrid and Guided by Seegrid products are available in North America and Europe.
 
Recent acknowledgements include a 2014 Edison Award, Manufacturer of the Year award, and chosen as one of Food Logistics Top 100 software and technology providers. Seegrid was named to the list of Fast Company 50 Most Innovative Companies and Top 10 Most Innovative Robotic Companies 2013.

For more information, please visit:
www.seegrid.com

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Empire Robotics Presents the VERSABALL http://www.industrialmachinerydigest.com/industry-updates/2014-09-03/empire-robotics-versaball/ http://www.industrialmachinerydigest.com/industry-updates/2014-09-03/empire-robotics-versaball/#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 15:06:03 +0000 http://www.industrialmachinerydigest.com/?p=14702 VERSABALL from Empire Robotics is an agile robot end effector leveraging the jamming phase transition of granular materials. The core technology allows the gripper to conform around any object shape and apply frictional gripping forces. VERSABALL’s advantage lies in its ability to grip objects with many features, varying sizes, and odd geometries that traditional end […]

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Empire Robotics - VERSABALL BrickHoldVERSABALL from Empire Robotics is an agile robot end effector leveraging the jamming phase transition of granular materials. The core technology allows the gripper to conform around any object shape and apply frictional gripping forces. VERSABALL’s advantage lies in its ability to grip objects with many features, varying sizes, and odd geometries that traditional end effectors struggle to grip. VERSABALL comes in a 3.5 and 6.5 inch head model that use the same pneumatic base. VERSABALL has shown ability to pick and place light bulbs, crates, automotive parts, bottles, and more.

VERSABALL works by operating in three modes. The first mode is the completely passive mode. In the first mode there is no airflow and the membrane, filled with granular material, feels like a stress ball. Mode two is engaged by inflating the membrane, creating material flow and allowing VERSABALL to form around target objects. The third mode is a hardened state caused by evacuating the air in the membrane, inducing jamming of the granules. Combining the three modes allows VERSABALL to press against objects in the soft mode and lift objects with the hardened mode. The forces created by the process are geometry and size dependent, but can include friction, normal, and suction forces. The result is a versatile robot end effector that is capable of solving some of the toughest challenges in pick and place automation.

VERSABALL is sold in a research kit form and has garnered significant interest from big name brands intrigued by the unique gripping method. These research kits include the small and large sized heads along with the necessary pneumatic base and accessories to properly operate the gripper. The team hopes that by selling the research kits, their customers will develop a trust in the technology and explore its limits and potential applications.

Empire Robotics - VERSABALL Bulb HoldEmpire Robotics provides services beyond the standard research kit. They accept test inquiries about specific parts and will test VERSABALL’s ability to grip parts companies send to their lab in Boston, MA. The team is also offering collaborative implementation services to companies looking to solve automation problems with VERSABALL. Empire Robotics knows how important it is to get production case studies for the success and progression of such a unique technology in the industry.

With the help of industry veterans as advisers, VERSABALL has undergone many revisions to meet the speed and durability expectations of the market. Empire Robotics recently put on a demo at integrator Applied Manufacturing Technologies. VERSABALL picked and placed a gear, light bulb, brick, and cue ball for ten hours without interruption or failure, resulting in 8000 grip cycles. Empire Robotics will be releasing the commercial version of VERSABALL this fall having demonstrated to the industry that their product is ready for production level requirements.

VERSABALL has come a long way from its original prototypes in the Creative Machines Lab at Cornell University. The team will be providing strong support for those companies that are interested in exploring a production case for VERSABALL. Empire Robotics is still exploring all possible applications and will be supporting integrators and end users in identifying new applications for VERSABALL.

Grippers have typically been categorized as jaws, magnets, or suction cups, but Empire Robotics sees VERSABALL as a new class of gripping solution to tackle unique pick and place challenges where none of the existing classes excel. Current Empire Robotics customers have shown great enthusiasm and hope for the technology as a new class of gripper. There are many automation problems around the world and Empire Robotics wants to help solve them with the unique characteristics and advantages of soft robotics.

 Click HERE to watch VERSABALL in action.

For more information, please visit:
www.EmpireRobotics.com

Or Contact:
info@empirerobotics.com

 

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