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Rexroth Nominated for Awards 0

Posted on 3, May 2017

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Rexroth is celebrating five nominations in five categories in the Motion Control Industry Awards for 2017. The nominations Rexroth’s Operator Guidance System, created for Triumph Motorcycles, has been nominated for the Technical Innovation of the Year award. Rexroth has also been nominated for its offshore wind piling template, in the Product of the Year category. In the Skills & Training category, Rexroth has been nominated for an award for the ‘Bosch Rexroth Challenge’ training program at JCB Academy in Staffordshire, England. Rexroth’s Jason Capper is in the final three for Engineer of the Year. Last but certainly not least, Rexroth [&hellip

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Robot Dancing Record 0

Posted on 5, August 2016

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A new world record has been set. 1,007 dancing robots shook their mechanical booties for one full minute to accomplish this feat at the 2016 Qingdao International Beer Festival. While this is pretty cool to watch on video and must have been even more cool to watch in person, does it actually have value in the scheme of things? Does it advance robotics, improve automation, or move us closet to the smart factory of the future? These are reasonable questions, but there’s no simple answer. We often see Rexroth innovations in academic settings, simulations, or model factories where they can [&hellip

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Shadow IT and Automation 1

Posted on 13, February 2015

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Shadow IT is what people call systems within an organization which grow up without explicit official approval, usually outside the IT department. So often the IT department doesn’t have time to provide for all the departments, doesn’t have the expertise within a particular area to meet the real needs of all the departments, or has to go through compliance steps which interfere with speed and agility. And sometimes an ERP which is supposed to track production is more focused on business aspects than on the data needed for production. It’s no wonder people take things into their own hands. There [&hellip

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Third Party Repair Houses 0

Posted on 28, January 2015

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We get calls about once a week from third party repair houses trying to get parts or technical information.  We have to explain to them that Rexroth’s internal components are not available for sale and schematics are proprietary. Since the answer has been the same for the past 25 years, it would appear that the turnover in these places must be pretty fierce. Often, the call comes from a tech who has never worked on an Indramat drive before, but now has one on his bench with instructions to “Fix It NOW” but no guidance on how. Just what you [&hellip

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Operating Room Nurse Day and Robots 0

Posted on 14, November 2014

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It’s Operating Room Nurse Day, so we thought we’d talk with some operating room nurses about robots. This is one of the jobs that is threatened by robots. The OR nurses we spoke with agreed that their jobs could be done by robots. one showed us, holding her hands to demonstrate the specific movements she makes as she offers a tray of tools to the surgeon. She held out an imaginary tray and moved it up, then down, then up, then down. Definitely something a robot could do. Equipped with an Indramat servo motor, a mechanical shelf could make the [&hellip

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Industrial Wearables 0

Posted on 7, November 2014

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Somewhere in your factory right now, there’s probably someone wearing a Fitbit — a discreet wristwatch-like device that tracks the number of steps they take and how they sleep. There might be someone with a wearable monitor for diabetes or another condition which hooks up to their phone to track health issues for them and communicate with their doctor if necessary. They might not be in your plant, but there are plenty of people using Google Glass, personal GPS devices (for their dogs if not for themselves), and emergency call devices. Meanwhile, your engineers are looking things up on their [&hellip

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The Scariest Movie Robots 0

Posted on 31, October 2014

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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. The Hunter-Killers from Terminator 4. The insect robots from Runaway 5. Hector from Saturn 3 6. HAL-9000 from 2001: A Space Odyessey 7. Maximilian from The Black Hole 8. The Gunslinger in WestWorld 9. Sentinals from The Matrix 10. David from AI: Artificial Intelligence

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Safety and Productivity 0

Posted on 17, September 2012

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Safety and productivity are linked in an obvious way in industrial settings: when people get hurt, it slows down and even stops the production process. Clearing the floor, cleaning things up, identifying the problem, instituting new safety procedures or making changes to the machinery — all these steps disrupt production. There’s another, less obvious link. When machine operators make changes to the machines in order to make the process easier or faster, so they can keep up with production goals, they may be enhancing productivity at the cost of safety. We hear of workers removing guards, leaving things open that [&hellip

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Indramat Test Video Review 0

Posted on 14, September 2012

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As a fan of Indramat and of movies, I couldn’t resist providing a critique of this, a rare film of an Indramat test. I don’t know why they’re as rare as they are, films in this genre. Since this one was filmed in Poland, we should not be surprised by the sweeping, almost vertiginous camerawork. The sound track, to0, is predictably spare. The colorful wires and the surprising details such as the apparent clutch of lightbulbs under the worktable keep us enthralled throughout the film. The story line is reminiscent of the early Soviet documentaries, but without the darkness. Indeed, [&hellip

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