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Chicago Electric provides turnkey integrations of factory automation with specialties in robotics and machine vision applications. Our strengths are in application of high level technologies for useful and reliable factory floor applications: Palletizing or pack out Quality verification and control Machine loading and tending Welding and Crimping Material removal Assembly and Secondary operations Dispensing, stacking, forming deburring, marking and labeling

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Is there a governing authority such as OSHA that specifies the need to have hard stops for the industrial robots used in a manufacturing facility?


Dear Sir: Thank you for your inquiry, Proper and thorough response to safety related questions would not be possible with limited information. As a turnkey integrator, we would not be in a position to certify safety aspects of any installation where we are not integrally involved in in all implementation details. I can reference ANSI/RIA R15.06-2012 Industrial Robot Safety Standard as a good first step toward answering your questions. Please consider us should you determine that a turnkey solution is needed or if you would be interested in having us evaluate the application please feel free to contact me directly. Thank you and best wishes on your project and for this upcoming holiday season Al Keefer 847 954 9365


Albert Keefer - Senior Automation Sales Engineer
akeefer@chicagoelectric.com
(847) 954-9365

Hi there, We are based in Toronto, ON, Canada and are looking for a consultant/engineer to work with on programming a robotic arm for a manufacturing process. We are not looking for a hardware supplier or robotics provider at this stage. Can you suggest any companies in the Greater Toronto Area or in Ontario that might be able to help us.


I'm Al Keefer with Chicago Electric, We do not have a dedicated service center in your area but, We supply such services and specialize in vision, guided robotics. It is likely we could do a great deal of the work remotely. If you would like to discuss the application further please feel free to contact me by phone or email I hope to hear from you Al Keefer


ALBERT KEEFER - Chicago Electric - Carol Stream, IL
akeefer@chicagoelectric.com
(847) 954-9365

Hi there, We are based in Toronto, ON, Canada and are looking for a consultant/engineer to work with on programming a robotic arm for a manufacturing process. We are not looking for a hardware supplier or robotics provider at this stage. Can you suggest any companies in the Greater Toronto Area or in Ontario that might be able to help us.


I'm Al Keefer with Chicago Electric, We do not have a dedicated service center in your area but, We supply such services and specialize in vision, guided robotics. It is likely we could do a great deal of the work remotely. If you would like to discuss the application further please feel free to contact me by phone or email I hope to hear from you Al Keefer


ALBERT KEEFER - Chicago Electric - Carol Stream, IL
akeefer@chicagoelectric.com
(847) 954-9365

I have a robot cell with a large steel structure inside of it. The robot's workspace is inside of this structure. Access to one side of the structure is needed very rarely (maybe once a year) for maintenance on different parts of the structure. We have put "drop-n-lock" style fencing (requires a tool to lock and unlock the panels) with no movable panels (gates, etc..) on this side. Access to this area is only possible if fence panel(s) are removed. If maintenance/repair is needed, the operator will need to remove a panel (using a tool) to gain access. Is the fact that a tool is needed to do this sufficient? or do the panels that are deemed "removable" for maintenance need to be interlocked?


Dear Sir: Thank you for your inquiry, Proper and thorough response to safety related questions would not be possible with limited information, As a turnkey integrator, we would not be in a position to certify safety aspects of any installation where we are not integrally involved in in all implementation details. I can reference ANSI/RIA R15.06-2012 Industrial Robot Safety Standard as a good first step toward answering your questions. Please consider us should you determine that a turnkey solution is needed or if you would be interested in having us evaluate the application please feel free to contact me directly. Thank you and best wishes on your project and for this upcoming holiday season Al Keefer 847 954 9365


Albert Keefer - Technical Sales Engineer
akeefer@chicagoelectric.com
(847) 954-9365

I am looking for a manufacturer/supplier that sells tool cribs for robot End Of Arm Tools (EOATs). I am looking to acquire 2 identical cribs that will each hold 1 EOAT, and can be mounted on a plate which is then mounted to a table-top. Any suggestions or recommendations on where I would be able to purchase or search for such a tool crib?


ATI may make cribs like this, However, I have never purchased them, We commonly supply such cribs or tool parking but to the best of my recall have always built them ourselves, they are simple items and typically built into other surrounding structure or as a stand alone as you describe If you would like a quote for the tool cribs our describing please feel free to contact me by phone or email Al Keefer


Albert Keefer - Technical Sales Engineer
akeefer@chicagoelectric.com
(847) 954-9365

In our facility we have a robot cell used to load/unload machining centers. We currently use a "disable movement" key switch along with interlocked gates to enter the robot cell. That process is usually done by the single worker responsible for the area. We feel that multi-person access is unsafe using the single person procedure. What are some ways to allow for safer multi-person access?


Dear Brendan: We tend to shy away from safety related questions for the obvious legal restrictions

That Said, I have been on you floor several times and have installations in Loves park and Freeport, but not real familiar with your chip making side in Ames. If you would be interested in an evaluation feel free to contact me I would be happy to help out. FYI I was just speaking with Jim Grove sorry he is no longer with you. Thank you and best wishes on your project and for this upcoming holiday season Al Keefer 847 954 9365


Albert Keefer - Technical Sales Engineer
akeefer@chicagoelectric.com
(847) 954-9365

Fence Guarding: I just purchased a Fanuc M-710ic. I am getting ready to purchase some safety fencing to establish a perimeter around the robot. The fence height I am proposing is 2200 mm (86 inches) tall. What are the standards required for fence height? I would prefer to go shorter because this robot will be in a lab setting for development/training etc... Thanks


Dear Sir: Thank you for your inquiry, Proper and thorough response to safety related questions would not be possible with limited information, As a turnkey integrator, we would not be in a position to certify safety aspects of any installation where we are not integrally involved in in all implementation details. I can reference ANSI/RIA R15.06-2012 Industrial Robot Safety Standard as a good first step toward answering your questions. Please consider us should you determine that a turnkey solution is needed now or in the future Thank you and best wishes on your project and for this upcoming holiday season Al Keefer 847 954 9365


Albert Keefer - Technical Sales Engineer
akeefer@chicagoelectric.com
(847) 954-9365

How does the ultrasonic system work to cut or seal fabrics?


Each application is different but results can be excellent


Albert Keefer - Technical Sales Engineer
akeefer@chicagoelectric.com
(630) 784-0800

FANUC - "Stop position prediction". Hello, can you tell me what this DCS option is used for? We have a supplier who uses this option on the robot in a fully cage scenario, no collaboration with any human. This option increases the footprint inside of the cell to allow the robot to run at full speed. We want this supplier to not use this option, but they feel it is needed for the safety and to prevent the robot from crashing through the fence in an abnormal situation. Any info on this feature would be greatly appreciated!


Dear Sir: Thank you for your inquiry, Proper and thorough response to safety related questions would not be possible with limited information, As a turnkey integrator, we would not be in a position to certify safety aspects of any installation where we are not integrally involved in in all implementation details. I can reference ANSI/RIA R15.06-2012 Industrial Robot Safety Standard as a good first step toward answering your questions. Please consider us should you determine that a turnkey solution is needed or if you would be interested in having us evaluate the application please feel free to contact me directly. Thank you and best wishes on your project and for this upcoming holiday season Al Keefer 847 954 9365


Albert Keefer - Technical Sales Engineer
akeefer@chicagoelectric.com
(847) 954-9365

I understand that safeguarding multiple people in the workspace require each have his own enable device. Does that mean, when one enables his device, the other devices will be disabled?


Dear Phi: Thank you for your inquiry, Proper and thorough response to safety related questions would not be possible with limited information, As a turnkey integrator, we would not be in a position to certify safety aspects of any installation where we are not integrally involved in in all implementation details. I can reference ANSI/RIA R15.06-2012 Industrial Robot Safety Standard as a good first step toward answering your questions. Please consider us should you determine that a turnkey solution is needed or if you would be interested in having us evaluate the application please feel free to contact me directly. Thank you and best wishes on your project and for this upcoming holiday season Al Keefer 847 954 9365


Albert Keefer - Technical Sales Engineer
akeefer@chicagoelectric.com
(847) 954-9365