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Opportunity in Automation

Read about the opportunity in automation — for businesses and workers — described by New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NM-MEP). Two years ago, NM-MEP teamed up with Build With Robots (BWR) to offer CoBot seminars and hands-on CoBot application demonstrations.Today, NM-MEP and BWR continue to work together to build New Mexico’s manufacturing sector, helping companies transition to advanced automation. Continue reading …

Future of Work Event

Future of Work Event

Join us as we discuss and explore the future of work. Futurists estimate that up to 85 percent of the jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t been invented yet*. This Future of Work community event is hosted by Central New Mexico Community College (CNM). Learn how you and your company can prepare for the work opportunities of the future.

Keynote Speaker, Dr. Peter Bishop, will discuss ideas on the future of work. Peter Bishop is founder and Executive Director of Teach the Future. He led the University of Houston Master’s in Foresight program for 30 years and is the author of Teaching About the Future.

After the event, refreshments will be provided with an opportunity for networking and further discussion. Build With Robots is an event sponsor and will be demonstrating our coffee-serving bot.

The event will be held on CNM Main Campus on Thursday February 7, 2019 at 3:30 pm.

Seating is limited, so purchase your ticket here!

*from the Robot Ready Report

Kane Robotics launches in ABQ

Kane Robotics Selects Albuquerque for its New Headquarters

Kane Robotics Inc. announced that it has selected Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the company’s new headquarters. Kane will hire and train workers in Albuquerque to develop robotic systems that finish aerospace structures using technology developed in partnership with Build With Robots (BWR). Kane Robotics is a spinoff of Kane Aerospace, which is located in Chino, California. The company is planning to hire 20 new employees in the next two years to do design, manufacturing and testing.

Since 1958 Kane has provided manufacturing support to top-tier manufacturers in the aerospace and defense industry and was an early adopter of automated processes, said John Spruce, CEO of Kane Aerospace.

“We were looking for a way to further automate repetitive processes and BWR was able to offer us new technology that will reduce the time it takes our customers to finish products, increase productivity, and decrease waste,” Spruce said. “I’ve built and grown a company before in Albuquerque and I know it will be the ideal spot for Kane Robotics thanks to its technical workforce. I’ve used JTIP (Job Training Incentive Program) funds before, and I expect to do the same with Kane Robotics.”

Spruce was CEO of Mechtronic Solutions, Inc., an engineering and manufacturing firm, in Albuquerque that he sold in 2010. He acquired Kane in 2016 and has been growing that company’s customer base by adding automation to its aerospace services, which include tool refurbishing, fastener recovery, and light assembly.

Build With Robots is an Albuquerque company that develops industry-specific solutions using CoBots, or collaborative robots, that help humans work more efficiently. The company is located within the Central New Mexico Community College FUSE Makerspace in Downtown Albuquerque where it showcases automation and robotic solutions.

“Our robots use the latest-generation technology to enhance productivity. We’ll partner with Kane to produce robots that will do the dirty and dangerous tasks, freeing up the humans to be more productive,” said Chris Ziomek, CEO of BWR. “Our robots will do sanding, drilling and cutting that is dangerous, dirty and monotonous for people.”

Read more in the Albuquerque Business First and the Albuquerque Journal.

Welding Super Vanagon Bracket

Robotic Welding for NM-MEP Manufacturing Day

Each fall, New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NM-MEP) sponsors Manufacturing Day for New Mexico manufacturers to showcase their operations. At this year’s Manufacturing Day event, Build With Robots hosted tours at CNM-Ingenuity’s FUSE Makerspace that included robotic welding. On that day, Andrew Vanis of Super Vanagon was at FUSE to work on a welding fabrication project. Super Vanagon makes a custom mirror kit for the now vintage Volkswagen Vanagon model years 1982-1992. This kit solves the “floppy mirror” problem associated with this model of Volkswagen. On that day, Andrew planned to start MIG welding a total of 160 mirror brackets (80 pairs), a project that would take him many days.

Andrew was in luck – his project offered a perfect demo for NM-MEP’s Manufacturing Day. So, Build With Robots partnered with Andrew to launch an automated welding project for his brackets. This transformed a couple days of manual welding into a couple hours of robot welding.  Within only a few hours, one of the CNM-Ingenuity welding instructors at FUSE trained Andrew in the setup and use of the robotic welder. Andrew had pre-built a simple fixture to orient the stock metal pieces properly for welding. This fixture is needed for both manual or robotic welding to orient the two plates correctly.

Next, Andrew experimented with the adjustment and fine tuning of welding parameters to optimize the bead and penetration for the MIG welding of his steel brackets. Because the robotic welder can be adjusted to create a specific weld type and size, Andrew was able to create his desired weld with consistency over many brackets. After fine tuning for the exact bead size and shape, he repeated the welding process over and over with a simple push of a button. Before long, Andrew was mass producing brackets. The entire process: from never seeing the robot before, to learning how to program it, and then to use it to weld a box of parts took less than one day.  The expected days of manually welding 160 brackets was completed in just a couple of robot welding hours.

Robotic welding is just one example of what small and micro manufacturing businesses can do at the FUSE Makerspace. Makerspace members accomplish projects like Andrew’s on high-end machine tools without needing to purchase expensive equipment. FUSE instructors are available to train and support users to ensure project success. This is a great example of the New Mexico manufacturing community working together to leverage automation, expertise and high-end equipment.

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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:

One Million Cups

Build With Robots at One Million Cups

Come see Chris Ziomek present the history and status of Build With Robots at One Million Cups Albuquerque. We will provide insight into the benefits and challenges of bringing Collaborative Robots (CoBots) to the New Mexico region. You will be able to ask questions and offer advice as part of this interactive discussion.

  • Location: FatPipe ABQ, 200 Broadway Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102
  • Date: Wednesday, August 15, 2018
  • Time: 9:00 to 10:00 AM
AIA Albuquerque

FUSE Makerspace is hosting AIA ABQ Summer 5×5

The FUSE Makerspace is hosting the AIA ABQ Summer 5X5 event put on by the American Institute of Architects in Albuquerque. This event involves five 5-minute presentations on innovation and trends in architecture. Come see Chris Ziomek from Build With Robots present the latest technologies and applications of robots in architecture.

Register here for the free event

  • Location: FUSE Makerspace, 101 Broadway NE Suite 3100, Albuquerque, NM, 87102
  • Date: Monday, July 30, 2018
  • Time: 5:30 to 8:00 PM

Presentations on Technology

  • James Bajek /  Midtown Metal
  • Dana Benjamin / OddAxe Industries, LLC
  • Nicholas Couty / Couty Design Build
  • Adam Halpern / Kosh Solutions
  • Chris Ziomek / Build With Robots, LLC

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 Bartender wins 3rd Place in UNM Tech Navigator Challenge

The inaugural Tech Navigator Challenge facilitated by UNM’s Innovation Academy concluded on April 27 with pitches to panels of judges. The eight-week contest involved 11 teams who presented commercialization plans for existing technologies from the Air Force Research Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory, STC.UNM, and Build With Robots.

The Build With Robots team presented a novel application for a CoBot bartender which tied for 3rd place in the competition. The team, which includes UNM students Kyle Guin, Kyle Laktasic, and Mario Avalos, along with mentor Janeen Vilven-Doggett from Peacock Law P.C., will investigate further commercialization of their CoBot bartender concept including intellectual property protection. Congratulations to the CoBot Bartender Team on their 3rd place finish!