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    FYI, there's a "coffee with cobots" gig tomorrow...

    FYI, there's a "coffee with cobots" gig tomorrow in Portland. Sorry for short notice but if someone local is interested, PM me and I'll shoot you info on it. Basically a demo as I understand and...
  2. Good answer! If you don't mind, if I am...

    Good answer! If you don't mind, if I am understanding correctly, you're interested in WIP tracking (typically accomplished by scanning). If the orders travel through the shop so quickly, why do you...
  3. Everything you mention is valid but should be...

    Everything you mention is valid but should be factored into a proper schedule. Don't start easy stuff if you're waiting on other "harder" things. Don't cut a bunch of brackets while you're waiting...
  4. Good unit, good price. I did just buy a Jet at...

    Good unit, good price. I did just buy a Jet at the local Woodcrafters and gotta say that, aside from the motor taking up some visibility (it's right in front of you), this is a very good application...
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    Gotta ask, bragging or complaining?! ;) My view:...

    Gotta ask, bragging or complaining?! ;) My view: good problem to have!
  6. Ah, WIP tracking I presume? I'm sure I'll get...

    Ah, WIP tracking I presume? I'm sure I'll get some negative hits back on this but I would strongly urge you to reduce your leadtime short enough to the point where you don't need to track it...
  7. Two things so far that I've felt for a long time...

    Two things so far that I've felt for a long time and have been confirmed by at least one post about this:

    a) Don't listen to the sales guys! They are pushy and basically just want to get a sell...
  8. Hopefully not to get you too far off track but...

    Hopefully not to get you too far off track but did you look at ECI's M1 software? I have spoken to two independent (didn't know each other, no relationships with software companies) and they both...
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    Auto-feed cold saw question

    Got an OEM client who uses mostly 1.5" steel tubing (around 14 or 12 GA wall), currently cut with a horizontal band saw. Trying to get them to an auto-feed cold saw (better cut quality and labor...
  10. Now here's someone who understands automation...

    Now here's someone who understands automation much better than the average person.

    To everyone one else who doesn't (which isn't everyone else on this thread): please don't waste your time...
  11. I am looking into a mag drill now. That may be...

    I am looking into a mag drill now. That may be the best solution, especially if at some point the drilling motion could be automated but not all that important.

    Thanks,
    The Dude
  12. Thanks guys, yes, a Bridgeport would be overkill!...

    Thanks guys, yes, a Bridgeport would be overkill! Small, compact, simple and no more capacity than needed is the ideal goal. I will look into some of those units. I didn't mention but I have done...
  13. Alternative to floor-mount drill press for drilling 2x4's (one hole size)

    I'm working on a project for a client to replace tempates that they use to mark hole locations where they drill 7/16" diameter holes (only on 2 x 4's, along the center-line). The main function is to...
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    It's also short for "collaborative robot". While...

    It's also short for "collaborative robot". While I'm not familiar with all of them, the ones I am are quite slow (and low of weight capacity) which I believe makes them less collaborative than they...
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    Just to clarify, this is likely not a cobot but a...

    Just to clarify, this is likely not a cobot but a standard industrial robot (as you mentioned). One thing I have noticed is that product support for robots (from the manufacturer) tends to be on a...
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    This isn't exactly why you asked but I also agree...

    This isn't exactly why you asked but I also agree with McMaster Carr as a good option. Mine usually takes two days, but they have one of the best organized websites to find stuff and they always...
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    I should have mentioned that I did look at prior...

    I should have mentioned that I did look at prior posts, they seemed to mostly be about load/unload. I believe I meant to clarify that I'm especially interested in anything beyond packaging/loading,...
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    Hey, totally not surprised by that...

    Hey, totally not surprised by that (unfortunately!) and I do feel your pain. Definitely a few factors at play here. I think the sales end of cobots is way ahead of the "reality of application". ...
  19. Intruder alert! Intruder alert! The good part: ...

    Intruder alert! Intruder alert! The good part: you are showing that you are smart and intuitive about personnel situations, that's a good qualification for a manager (but you have to also know how...
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    Any good/bad cobot stories?

    I'm going to be involved in a process that evaluates potential automation opportunities for collaborative robots. Two points I should make clear up front: First, I have years of automation...
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    You have to weight the "savings" that you've...

    You have to weight the "savings" that you've calculated against "lost opportunity". Think of this as what else could you do with the labor, raw materials, floor space, etc. instead of using it for...
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    It boils down to one of two things: either...

    It boils down to one of two things: either you're a business or a private social service. Decide which one you are and base your decision on it. Note: if you already have family in the business...
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    Awesome, question answered, thanks! The Dude

    Awesome, question answered, thanks!

    The Dude
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    Can steel be welded to an impact socket?

    I need to make a custom deep socket. It will be a standard deep, cut in half (across the width), and then a tube and maybe some 1/4" steel welded to the sides (mostly to make it longer). It's just...
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    I can't say "it won't work", but there is some...

    I can't say "it won't work", but there is some risk in approaching the customer. The biggest issue is if they just want the "black box" scenario that Gustafson mentioned (i.e. they don't like...
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