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SEP 2017

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46 MMS September 2017 SHOP TALK of the robot to safe levels depending on the dis- tance of the operator, the company says. When the operator reaches the closest zone, the robot reduces its motor torque and slows down suffi- ciently to allow the operator to safely interact with it, or stops entirely. As soon as the operator leaves, the robot automatically resumes running at normal speed, minimizing stoppage time. The company's newest training center, located in West Chester, pro- vides training and sup- por t for customers in the Midwest, East Coast and Southern regions of the country. Operat- ing in conjunction with two similar centers in Long Beach, California, and Maryville, Tennes- see, it provides support services for end users, approved distributors and system integrators. Training covers robot programming, opera- tion, maintenance and the open-source ORiN programming language. Students have access to r o b o t c o n t r o l l e r s , vision hardware, wire- less infrastructure and workstations along with d e dic ate d, ha nds- o n robots. Denso Robotics, call 888-476-2689 or visit DOOSAN PARTNERS WITH 5ME TO OFFER CRYOGENIC MACHINING OPTIONS 5 M E a n d D o o s a n Machine Tools America h a v e p a r t n e r e d t o Other technology highlights at the event included the RC8A robot controller that adds a Safety Motion feature, which enables creation of virtual fences around the robot. Safety Motion uses two optical sensors, one at the top and one at the bottom of the cell, to detect an approaching operator and control the speed of the robot accordingly. The sensors create virtual safe zones that trigger an incremental reduction in the speed

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