Hoping to increase efficiency and decrease waste, ABB Flexible Automation (www.abb.com) is developing a robot that may eliminate paint hoses. The IRB 5400 robot works with the ABB Cartridge Bells System, so paint is filled into the reusable cartridges, and there is no time or materials wasted by cleaning the hoses. As an added bonus, since the paint is isolated in the cartridges, the waterborne paint can be directly charged with electro-statics, creating a more efficient transfer to a vehicle.
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
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