Does It Matter What Language Your Servos Use?

It depends what you mean by languages. On the one hand, some servo motors (and drives and controls) have to be programmed in specific machine languages. This can be an issue. The last guy who really knew the programming language for that system installed in 1987 has already retired. Now what? This is why Rexroth… Read more »

Rexroth Ecommerce

Rexroth has a new e-commerce website. That’s a good move, especially with a pandemic going on. Until now, if you wanted to pop a Rexroth motion control component into your cart, you had to go to eBay or Amazon. You’d be looking at used components fixed up by a third-party repair shop with parts from… Read more »

Liquid Cooled Indramat and Rexroth Motors

Liquid or water-cooled Indramat and Rexroth drives and servomotors are great for huge amounts of torque in small spaces, but all that condensation can wreak havoc on your Indramat and Rexroth equipment if you don’t take the proper steps to ensure against it. Your equipment is probably contained inside of a big climate-controlled case, but… Read more »

Support for Mature Rexroth Products

Rexroth’s manufacturing roots date back to 1795 when the Rexroth family acquired a water-driven hammer mill. A lot can change over the course of 200-plus years, but Rexroth’s dedication to quality, performance, and reliability remains constant. Many legacy, or mature, Rexroth products still operate in factories and plants across the globe, and they’re still serviceable…. Read more »

Candy and Servos

As Halloween approaches, candy makers are ramping up production to make sure American kids have plenty of candy. Plenty, in this case, means $2,600,000,000 dollars’ worth of sugary goodness. Manufacturers mostly rely on packaging to make everyday Snickers and Twizzlers say “Halloween,” but there are also some special products for Trick or Treat. Hershey’s is… Read more »

Halloween Candy Decision Making

If you haven’t bought the loot to hand out to Trick or Treaters yet, you probably have it on your shopping list for today (or somebody in your household does). What are the factors used to make decisions about this extremely important buying choice? Research by Field Agent shows that one of the top issues… Read more »

The Scariest Movie Robots

In real life, robots aren’t all that scary. Follow basic safety rules (not that most of us do) and you can coexist with your servos and robots just fine. In the movies, it’s different. In honor of Halloween, we present some seriously scary robots: 1. Ash from Alien 2. The Drone Sphere from Phantasm 3…. Read more »

Record Industrial Robot Use

A new report from the International Federation of Robotics shows that 2.7 million industrial robots are now in service at factories. This is a global record. How did we get here? It’s not the robotic upsurge we’ve all been expecting because of the pandemic. Between 2014 and 2019, there was an increase of 85% in… Read more »

You’re Not Allowed to Make Rexroth Repairs?!

When you check the Rexroth Troubleshooting Guides for instructions on Rexroth repairs — and we’ll be happy to provide you with one — you are likely to see announcements like this: “Only Rexroth service engineers are allowed to replace the control section.” Allowed? Your Rexroth electric motion control components belong to you. Why would you… Read more »

Seaswarm: Why Do Robots So Often Disappoint?

The range of jobs robots can theoretically do keeps growing. One of the most desirable is cleaning up oil spills. Researchers have been looking for ways to delegate this job to robots for years. One MIT project, Seaswarm, sent out swarms of oil-drinking robots to gather oil in nanowire meshes. Powered by a solar panel, each… Read more »

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