EWI Colorado – Capabilities and Services on the Front Range

By Marcie Willard on Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 in Advanced Automation, Advanced Manufacturing, EWI – Company, In-Process Monitoring, In-Process Sensing, Manufacturing Innovation, Modeling & Simulation, NDE and Inspection. No Comments

EWI Colorado opened in the fall of 2016, unveiling our latest state-of-the-art lab and facility.  This center of excellence was established in partnership with the City of Loveland, the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (CAMA) and the State of Colorado to offer the region direct access to EWI’s full range of experts and provide expanded technical servicesRead more

New Guide—The Rising Value of Cobots

By Ron Brown on Thursday, June 29th, 2017 in Advanced Automation. No Comments

Throughout manufacturing, collaborative robots (a.k.a. cobots) are working side-by-side with human co-workers on an increasingly frequent basis. By assuming some of the physically difficult and repetitive tasks on production lines, cobots enable human workers to concentrate on the activities that require the most skill and judgment. The results—more productivity and higher quality for manufacturers acrossRead more

3D Vision-guided Robotics for Industrial Applications — New Paper

By Ron Brown on Thursday, June 15th, 2017 in Advanced Automation, Advanced Manufacturing, Flexible Automation, In-Process Monitoring, In-Process Sensing, Manufacturing Innovation, NDE and Inspection, Technology Innovation. No Comments

Advanced robot-based object detection, recognition, and gripping technologies have seen increasing use as manufacturers transition from mass production to customization to meet customer demands. As a result, today’s modern robotic systems must be able to recognize a changing environment and adapt to it. Advanced vision techniques ranging from low-resolution systems with a large field ofRead more

Just Published: Computer-Aided Programming for Robotic Welding

By Darlene Kerr on Friday, June 9th, 2017 in Advanced Automation, Defense, EWI – Company, Government. No Comments

Congratulations to EWI Senior Project Manager Harvey Castner and his colleague Jeff Penoyer at Wolf Robotics for their published article in June 2017 issue of Welding Journal. Their article, “Computer-Aided Programming for Robotic Welding,” explores how new technologies eliminate automation cost barriers and enable automated robot programming, benefitting low-volume industries such as shipbuilding.  Specifically, theRead more

Pulsed Gas Metal Arc Welding of Copper-nickel Pipe Joints — New Paper

By Rebecca Gurk on Thursday, April 27th, 2017 in Advanced Automation, Arc Welding, Defense, Government, Oil & Gas. No Comments

Copper-nickel alloys are often used in shipbuilding for applications such as tanks, seawater and freshwater piping, and numerous other structures. Copper-nickel pipe joints are typically welded with manual gas tungsten arc welding; however, inherently slow travel speeds and low deposition rates impede productivity. The implementation of pulsed gas metal arc welding (GMAW-P) could yield significantRead more

The Role of Machine Vision in Advanced Automation – New eGuide

By Ron Brown on Thursday, April 20th, 2017 in Advanced Automation. No Comments

Advanced automation is a key component of the factory of the future. One of the critical technologies enabling advanced automation is machine vision—guidance systems that dramatically enhance manufacturing processes. Technological advances in machine vision are creating new opportunities on the manufacturing floor for dramatic improvements in productivity, quality, and production flexibility. EWI’s new eguide, MachineRead more

Reducing Manufacturing Costs with Robotic Welding — New Paper

By Adam Uziel on Thursday, March 30th, 2017 in Advanced Automation, Advanced Manufacturing, Arc Welding, Automotive, Manufacturing Competitiveness. No Comments

As the manufacturing marketplace becomes increasingly competitive, many companies must re-think their innovation strategies to meet increasing customer demands, adopt new production technologies, and create more intelligent products. The most successful manufacturers leverage the latest technological innovations and think of higher productivity as a culture. While robotic welding has been used for decades to improveRead more

EWI Helps Tablet Manufacturer Incorporate Cobotics in Production

By Rebecca Gurk on Thursday, March 16th, 2017 in Advanced Automation, Consumer Electronics, Events, EWI – Company, EWI Network, Manufacturing Competitiveness, Manufacturing Innovation, Manufacturing Technology, Technology Innovation. No Comments

When the New York-based company Bak USA decided to enhance and expand its production facility, it turned to EWI’s Buffalo Manufacturing Works for a strategic evaluation of its operations.

Putting EWI’s Innovative Frog-repair Solution to the Test

By Adam Uziel on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 in Advanced Automation, Arc Welding, Heavy Manufacturing, Rail. No Comments

  In his blog Who Let the Frogs Out?, my colleague Marc Purslow wrote about EWI’s innovative work to automate the repair of austenitic manganese steel (AMS) frogs; the special trackwork components used by railroads to allow track to converge, diverge, or cross. In this Phase I project sponsored by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA),Read more