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Robotics On Display at NM-MEP Events

In October, New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NM-MEP) is hosting its 2018 annual celebration of manufacturing in New Mexico. Known as Manufacturing Day, the month-long series of events puts a spotlight on manufacturing and on the more than 26,000 New Mexicans working in the manufacturing industry. It is an opportunity to help New Mexico manufacturers tell their story and enhance public knowledge about the economic impact of manufacturing in our state.

Robotics will be on display for Manufacturing Day within the following activities:

Vision-Based Pick-and-Place

Vision-Based Pick-and-Place

This video demonstrates the advanced automation potential of collaborative robots. We created this vision-based pick-and-place demo in 30 minutes using a CoBot from Universal Robots with end-effector hardware and software from Robotiq. Plug-and-play camera hardware and software allow quick part teaching and design changes for a fast time to production. Robotiq’s object identification software uses machine learning to fully automate the pattern recognition process. A user does not need a background in robotics or vision to develop this type of application. One simply photographs the desired object and uses a software wizard to define the selection criteria. CoBot software accomplishes the rest of the finding and gripping of randomly-arranged objects. The Robotiq Wrist Camera is ideal for CoBot pick-and-place industrial applications where objects are not palletized of prearranged.

Collaborative Robot Welding

Build With Robots now has a Collaborative Robot Welding System on the floor at the FUSE Makerspace.  The Collaborative Robot (CoBot) Welding System can be operated by a welding expert to improve safety, quality and productivity of welding operations. For most any MIG welding project, the CoBot welder can be setup within minutes and makes near-perfect welds.

In partnership with CNM Ingenuity, Build With Robots offers a complete course in CoBot welding. This hands-on class teaches welders everything they need to deploy and utilize a CoBot welder. By the end of the one-week course, participants will be able to quickly setup and MIG weld using robot automation. Contact Build With Robots for more details.

CoBot Photographer

New Mexico State University (NMSU) is working with Albuquerque dentist & entrepreneur Steve Wagner to automate his dental photography using a UR3 CoBot. As part of a Capstone senior design project, NMSU students have developed:

  • Fully integrated automation for the CoBot and camera
  • CAD-like software for mapping the CoBot and camera path in 3 dimensions around a focal point

With this CoBot photographer, Wagner Denture Group is able to quickly setup and take hundreds of photos of their custom dental castings and implants. This is one example of the partnership between NMSU, Build With Robots and New Mexico businesses to bring CoBot technology to new markets and applications. In addition to educating students in the latest technologies, we are helping to develop a CoBot-based technology hub and business ecosystem within New Mexico.

NMMEP CoBot Seminar at San Juan College on March 20, 2018

Build With Robots partners with New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NMMEP) to introduce collaborative robots to New Mexico’s manufacturers. As part of NMMEP’s mission to strengthen and grow New Mexico’s manufacturing, NMMEP is introducing CoBot technology to give New Mexico manufacturers a competitive advantage through advanced automation.

In partnership with NMMEP, Build With Robots offers CoBot seminars and hands-on CoBot application demos. These seminars introduce New Mexico manufacturers to CoBot automation and show how CoBots are used to automate quickly and cost-effectively. Because CoBots are safe alongside people and can be re-purposed easily, they are a valuable tool for manufacturers with medium-volume or high-mix production. Overall, the partnership between Build With Robots and NMMEP is creating opportunities for New Mexico manufacturers to grow and become more competitive through innovative technology.

Upcoming CoBot seminar:
Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 12 noon – 2 p.m.
San Juan College, QBC
4601 College Blvd. Room 5017/5020
Farmington, NM 87401
Registration info:
Denise Williams, 505-860-9961
denisew@nemexicomep.org

Randy Krall

Cobot Training at FUSE Makerspace

Introduction to Collaborative Robots workshop is now available at the FUSE Makerspace.

Build With Robots and FUSE Makerspace are teaming up to introduce the fast-growing technology of Collaborative Robots (cobots) to central New Mexico’s economy.  Anyone interested in cobot technology and applications is welcome to join this 4 hour workshop with Build with Robots co-founder, Randy Krall.

Workshop attendees will learn the essentials of collaborative robot programming. Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will be able to perform useful work with cobots and create real-world cobot applications.

Date: 12/4/2017

Time: 4pm-8pm

Cost: $39

Click Here to Register

CoBot-based automation

Rapid Growth of Cobots in APAC Region

At present, Collaborative Robot usage is growing faster in the Asia Pacific region than within Europe or the US. This Economic Times article describes the rapid growth of cobots in India, including applications in automotive, health care, education and research. Over the long term, this trend is likely to reverse with the US taking a leadership role. Note that according to the article, the Cobots work alongside human beings to enhance their productivity instead of replacing them, and contrary to popular perception, none of the companies that have deployed Cobots have laid off even a single employee because of it.

Cobot sales are projected to grow by more than 50% annually to around $5 Billion by 2022. Due to its relatively low energy costs and its technology-capable workforce, the US has a regional advantage in the development and deployment of automation solutions. Our mission at Build With Robots is to help catalyze the deployment of cobots into new markets. We believe that by providing training and access to this new technology, we can unleash the entrepreneurial and inventive spirits of our workforce. Our mission is to help launch market leading companies within many industries including manufacturing and automation solution providers.