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Robots — Run for Your Life? 0

Posted on 13, December 2017

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Elon Musk says we should quit worrying about robots taking our jobs and worry instead about robots taking our lives. This isn’t a robot overlords scenario. The fear is that robots are not very secure. This allows them to be used by hackers to do things with their arms or wheels. Yes, the limbs are the concern. Robots are computers with arms. Hack into a computer and you can steal information or possibly cause the computer to take virtual actions, but the computer, however much it might want to kill someone, can’t. The lack of opposable thumbs makes it impossible. [&hellip

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How to Choose a Robot 0

Posted on 11, December 2017

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Robots — not exactly the kind of robots we’re showing in the picture, but industrial automation robots — hold out promise for the future. A well-chosen robot can increase safety and environmental responsibility while keeping costs in check. Robots can work with the level of precision needed to create the tools and products we rely on now, in environments that are not friendly to human beings. They can take on tasks that require precise, repetitive motions and free human workers to do the work that humans are best suited to. Automation may be our best hope for bringing manufacturing jobs [&hellip

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It’s All Servos 0

Posted on 8, December 2017

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Have you heard about the new origami-inspired robots that can lift 1,000 times their own weight? Maybe Toyota’s newest humanoid robot has caught your eye… or maybe you’re into the biohybrids. The look of the new robot may be the jazzy part that shows up in videos, but let’s not forget that it’s really all about the servos. Servo motors are able, thanks to drives and controllers, to define and control the movements of robots with elegance and precision. Without servos, robots couldn’t move with the apparent intentionality of living creatures. And that’s always the cool thing about robots. Puppets [&hellip

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Where Do Rexroth Legacy Parts Come From? 0

Posted on 6, December 2017

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We’ve said before that we’ll leave it to your imagination to figure out where third party dealers get the parts they use to repair Rexroth legacy motion control components. Now we don’t have to leave it to your imagination, because we received this image showing legacy components being mined for parts. This is the good ol’ Reduce, Reuse, Recycle approach. Keeping these machines out of the landfill is a good thing, right? And besides, third party repair shops can’t get the parts new. In that situation, taking used parts and repurposing them makes sense. It’s good for the environment, good [&hellip

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Noise Pollution 0

Posted on 4, December 2017

in Category Blog, Uncategorized

“Noise pollution” sounds like a metaphor, but the EPA recognizes it as an actual form of pollution. It can be serious, too — excessive noise for long periods of time has been shown to cause not only the predictable hearing problems, but also stress related conditions like heart disease and ulcers. Noise pollution has even been linked to low birth-weight babies and susceptibility to toxins. The EPA is usually concerned with traffic and other public noise, so noise on the factory floor is the business of OSHA. In the U.S., workers can be exposed to noise levels averaging up to [&hellip

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Rexroth Low Battery Voltage 0

Posted on 1, December 2017

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Indramat MKD servomotor

So many Rexroth electric motion control systems error messages focus on overheating and other excesses, but there are errors that are caused by too little of a good thing, too. Error F2048 or F248 (depending on the component) warns you of low battery voltage. This can be confusing. Some Rexroth components use batteries, but chances are good that this error will have you shaking your head, scratching your beard, and saying, “Battery? What battery?” F2048 is talking about the batteries that maintain absolute position information in MKD and MKE motors. Battery-buffered electronics keep this information current even if the drive [&hellip

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Rexroth’s New Sensor Platform 0

Posted on 29, November 2017

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Rexroth is a key player in Industry 4.0. One of the most important aspects of Industry 4.0 is the gathering of data from machines. So it’s no surprise that Bosch Rexroth is in the forefront of industrial sensors. They’re rolling out the Cross Domain Development Kit XKD at the SPS IPC trade fair, going on now in Nuremburg. The XDK includes these sensors: acceleration rotation rate magnetic field humidity air pressure temperature ambient volume digital light sensor This makes the XKD perfect for preventive maintenance and performance tracking applications, but the platform is also designed to fulfill other IIoT needs. [&hellip

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Rexroth Third Party Repair 0

Posted on 27, November 2017

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Rexroth third party repair shops don’t really exist. But third party repair shops that claim they can repair your Rexroth industrial motion control are legion. We know, because we get calls from them all the time. They want parts and manuals, most of the time, but sometimes they just want our expert advice. Today I got a call from a guy who says his motor won’t generate torque, and is making a whining noise. The first question I ask is easy: “Who repaired it?” From years of field service experience, I know that these symptoms are usually signs of third [&hellip

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On Site Service 0

Posted on 20, November 2017

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We’re happy to provide support for your Rexroth Electric Industrial Motion Control over the phone. Often, we can diagnose the problem confidently in a single conversation, and get you on your way back to servo motor health quickly. We are also happy to provide field service. With one simple exception. If you have already had a third party repair service fix up your component we usually will not send out a service technician. The picture above should provide all the explanation you need. Third party repair shops cannot get original parts for Rexroth machinery — especially when we’re talking about [&hellip

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