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Automation


“Machine tending and machine loading are about 42% of the robot market. It’s significant, and it’s for everything from die-cast machines, to injection molding, to machine tools and all manner of machines,” said Joe Campbell, vice president, sales and marketing, Güdel Inc. (Ann Arbor, MI, and Lan- genthal, Switzerland). “Right now, because of linear motion technology you have an unprecedented array of choices for how to load and unload your machine tools.” Those choices include using a robot at each machine tool, putting the robot on a floor track to serve multiple machine tools, or employing overhead gantry-mounted robots to service multiple machines. “The cost-effectiveness and reliability of linear motion robotic automation makes all of these choices viable,” Campbell said.


Expanding the Robot’s Reach


Automation specialist Güdel builds linear-motion automa- tion systems for mounting multiaxis robots on track systems


The Güdel BDS-1 Press De-Stacker/Loader for press automa- tion applications features carbon-fiber master boom con- struction and is capable of handling 18-20 parts per minute.


using universal plates that can fit any OEM robot brand. In January 2014, the company announced that it had transi-


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Photo courtesy Güdel Inc.


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