EWI Workshops, Courses, and Events for Fall 2017

By Beth Sharb on Thursday, September 14th, 2017 in Additive Manufacturing, Advanced Automation, Advanced Manufacturing, Aerospace, Arc Welding, Automotive, Consumer Electronics, Dissimilar Metals Joining, Events, EWI – Company, Forming, Government, Heavy Industry, Heavy Manufacturing, Manufacturing Competitiveness, Manufacturing Innovation, Manufacturing Technology, Materials Engineering, Metal 3D Printing, Microjoining, Packaging, Welding Fundamentals. No Comments

EWI is pleased to announce our fall events calendar. We hope you will be able to join us at one more of these upcoming events. For information about a specific date, click on the event name below. To view EWI’s full schedule, visit https://ewi.org/events. EWI Strategic Technology Committee for Oil & Gas: Fall Meeting September 19Read more

New article: Understanding Collaborative Robot Safety

By Rebecca Gurk on Thursday, August 10th, 2017 in Advanced Automation, Advanced Manufacturing, Flexible Automation, Manufacturing Technology. No Comments

The introduction of collaborative robots (cobots) into the marketplace brings new standards for safe interaction with this new robotic technology.   Cobot safety starts with understand the collaborative application and what technology is required to meet the safety needs.  Once the technology is determined then a methodical risk assessment is done and the correct standards are followedRead more

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