Pulsed Gas Metal Arc Welding of Copper-nickel Pipe Joints

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


How Advanced Automation Optimizes Manufacturing Operations – New Infographic

By Ron Brown on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 in Advanced Automation. No Comments

The advantages of automation are too great to ignore—automation can increase manufacturing productivity, improve product quality, shorten cycle times, reduce downtime, and raise safety. In fact, 75% of manufacturing executives surveyed are planning to increase investments in automation over the next five years. EWI’s new infographic, Why Automate? Optimizing Your Operations with Advanced Automation, exploresRead more


Putting Collaborative Robots to Work — New Article

By Mike Garman on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 in Advanced Automation, Flexible Automation, Manufacturing Competitiveness, Manufacturing Innovation, Technology Innovation. No Comments

The introduction of collaborative robots into the marketplace is changing the face of industrial automation. Equipped with force-feedback detection that stops the motion of the robot when contact is made with a person or object, these so-called “cobots” can safely operate in the same workspaces as humans. As a result, the extensive safe guarding andRead more


Buffalo Manufacturing Works: Growing and Innovating

By Nadine Powell on Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 in Additive Manufacturing, Advanced Automation, Advanced Manufacturing, EWI – Company, EWI Network, Flexible Automation, Manufacturing Competitiveness, Manufacturing Innovation, Manufacturing Technology, Metal 3D Printing, Technology Innovation. No Comments

If you’ve been following the progress over the last two years at EWI’s Buffalo Manufacturing Works, you know that our manufacturing innovation center in Western NY has been growing rapidly. We expanded so quickly in both staff and equipment that our labs are starting to feel a little tight! Now, a proposal before the NewRead more


Random Bin Picking in Industrial Automation — New Paper

By Rebecca Gurk on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 in Advanced Automation, Control Technologies, EWI – Company, Flexible Automation, In-Process Sensing, Manufacturing Innovation, Manufacturing Technology. No Comments

Recent advances in robotic technology have allowed manufacturers to use automated bin picking for increasingly challenging applications to improve overall productivity. These applications can be divided into three cases based on the degrees of freedom of motion of the parts in a bin.