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I having a communication problem with the welder and Robot code is saying welding supply is turned off and it is on I reset it by powering it down but still same error code keeps coming up.


This would depend on the setup, but basically there should be a signal cable (perhaps ethernet, perhaps discrete i/o) from the welding power supply to the robot controller. I would check to make sure the cable is in good working condition and start troubleshooting from there. could be that the board that sends the welder power supply is on signal has become damaged, or something like that, but its typically the connections/cables that give the most trouble.


Troy - Design For Making
td@designformaking.com
(208) 589-4615

I am working on safety for input conveyor where operator will feed parts and it will index one position at a time. Position where robot picks the part is inside the fence and I do have light curtain on loading side of conveyor at appropriate distance from robot (1.5 m) gripper but not so far from loading point (500mm). But there are some pinch point at loading side. So will operator process start button with combination of that light curtain would be considered safe enough? That operator run bar has process start confirmation, ESTOP and reset.


You might be able to use a two handed start opto. so the operator has to have both hand on the button to start the conveyor. You would just have to verify that the the pinch point opportunity is done by the time the operator can move his/her hands off of the start button.


Troy Denning - Owner
td@designformaking.com
(208) 589-4615

I am looking for several spray booth integrators to design, build , and install a automated high volume spray booth. I need several integrators so I can get different opinions and quotes. I will be spraying Teflon on baking pans using a monorail system. Thank you David Bundy


I would be happy to provide you with a proposal and quote for your spray booth application. feel free to contact me. My company is called Design For Making. We specialize in robotic applications and would be happy to help. www.designformaking.com


Troy Denning - Owner
td@designformaking.com
(208) 589-4615

Traditionally machine tending has been performed either manually or through some traditional PLC system. But, as I know, both these approaches have their limitations. Can machine tending be completely automated without any manual intervention? If so, is there some solution already available in market? Is there a need for such solution? What kind of demand can we project for such solution?


Jayavamsy, It is definately possible to create a fully automated machine tending cell, but like all automated equipment there comes a point when you have to consider the cost savings of the automation, such as automating the changing of the bits in the tool holders, as well as automatic tooling changes. etc. It just takes evaluating what makes sense for your application. Feel free to contact me if you have a specific application in mind. My company is called Design For Making. We specialize in robotic applications and would be happy to help. www.designformaking.com


Troy Denning - Owner
td@designformaking.com
(208) 589-4615

which one is the best robot arm to pick and place the paper sheets in printing industry?


yogi, I would recommend a delta robot or a scara robot like the ones in these links: https://www.fanucamerica.com/products/robots/series/scara

https://www.fanucamerica.com/products/robots/series/m-1ia

a lot will depend on how you are presenting the paper sheets to the robot and how the robot will grip the paper. Feel free to contact me. My company is called Design For Making. We specialize in robotic applications and would be happy to help. www.designformaking.com


Troy Denning - Owner
td@designformaking.com
(208) 589-4615

I'm searching for a used robot distributor in North America, but having some difficulty finding sellers of models such as ABB and Kuka industrial manipulators. So far I have submitted a few Requests For Quotes, but these have mostly been responded to by European and Chinese sellers. Can you possibly tell me what avenue is recommended to receive quotes for industrial robots?


Jay, There are several used robot sellers, Most of the time it depends on the make and model of robot you are looking for. My company is Design For Making and we would be happy to provide you with industrial robot quotes. We typically lean towards Fanuc robotics, but can also get ABB and Kuka robots as well. Thanks,


Troy Denning - Owner
td@designformaking.com
(208) 589-4615

Hello, Could anybody tell me the which market/industry makes up for most of Fanuc's business? I.e. which industry is responsible for most of its orders?


I would say that currently the food processing industry has stayed the most stable in the past few months due to coronavirus, and is a major contributor to Fanuc's business. My company Design For Making has mainly been involved in the food, packaging, automotive, palletizing areas and almost always use Fanuc.


Troy Denning - Owner
td@designformaking.com
(208) 589-4615

Hello, could you please tell me if a standard or principles exist concerning the calibration and the transfer of points from robots?


Robot Calibration differs between robot brands, but they all should have a standard procedure for doing so. There are different ways of getting better accuracy when calibrating a robot. My company -Design for making typically use fanuc robots which have an ircalibration option that uses vision to calibrate the robots joints, which has proven to be very accurate and repeatable. Most companies will just use witness marks on the joints to get the robot close enough to its accurate configuration.


Troy Denning - Owner
td@designformaking.com
(208) 589-4615

How's the technology progressing in primary seafood processing?


Roland, Robotics in the food industry; specifically in the seafood industry has progressed a lot in the past 5-10 years. There are industry standards for robotics concerning cleanliness, quality, and safety that have been customized to food processing applications. vision systems have deep learning algorithms that can identify strange objects, to do sorting, cutting, quality checks, packaging etc. and grippers have been developed that can carefully handle slimy, soft, and delicate foods. Feel free to contact me. My company is called Design For Making. We specialize in robotic applications and would be happy to help. www.designformaking.com


Troy Denning - Owner
td@designformaking.com
(208) 589-4615

I want to attach a xy plotter to my robotic arm . How do I assemble it to the end effector? PLease solve my query?


There are several ways that you can do this, but it would depend on the size of the xy plotter and which robotic arm you plan on using. If you could send me more details i would be happy to help you configure your end-effector. Feel free to contact me. My company is called Design For Making. We specialize in robotic applications and would be happy to help. www.designformaking.com


Troy Denning - Owner
td@designformaking.com
(208) 589-4615