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3D Printing is becoming “main stream”.  This technology has advanced from a cutting edge product development tool, especially in the automotive industry, in the 1990s, to a dependable form of mass customization and production for plastic, metal and even organic products and parts.  The 3D printing process builds a three-dimensional object from a computer-aided design […]

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Futura Automation is pleased to preview its exhibit #4481 for ATX West / MD&M 2020 in Anaheim, CA on February 11-13.  Several of our manufacturing partners will exhibit with us.  We will be showcasing: Macron Dynamics offers a wide range of belt and screw drive linear actuators that can be customized into Cartesian robots of [...] Read more

December 20, 2019 – Scottsdale, Arizona Reprinted from June 21, 2016  issue of Robotics Business Review Original by Eugene DeMaitre;  Edits and Updates by Brian McMorris Following is an updated and edited reprint of an article in the June 21, 2016 issue of Robotics Business Review: ODENSE, Denmark — Industrial automation promises greater efficiency, but […]

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SCOTTSDALE, AZ  85255, DECEMBER 11, 2019 –  Futura Automation LLC is pleased to announce it is partnering with Gate Technologies to strengthen its leading automation and robotics equipment solutions.  Futura Automation will represent Gate throughout the western USA up to and including the Rocky Mountain states. Gate Technologies, previously known in North America as Cam […]

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Home Introduction Saws Presses Plastics Machinery Additional References Presses» Presence Sensing Devices Presence Sensing Devices are one of the most common safeguards for automatic feed part revolution clutch presses. They are designed to automatically stop the machine stroke if the sensing field is interrupted. Proper use of presence sensing devices provides protection not only for […]

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One of the best assembly applications for a cobot is adhesive or sealant dispensing. The rate of motion required is slow enough for a cobot to apply optimally. The repeatability of a cobot is sufficient and the ease of teaching the robot for a variety of dispensing tasks is a significant benefit. Futura Automation’s partner Fancort Industries offers […]

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Cobots V Robots Futura Automation
Cobot vs Robot in Assembly Brian McMorris For robotics cognoscenti, the great debate of our time is: “what is better, a cobot or a robot” for robotic assembly, finishing or machine tending? People line up on both sides of this argument, with equal degrees of passion. Online journal "Asian Robotics" is a website that falls [...] Read more
When Robots Assemble: The Important of Sensation - Futura Automation
When Robots Assemble: Are They Feelin' It? Brian McMorris What is required for robots to assemble parts as well as or better than humans? Senses. The key sense for automated assembly is vision. The next most important sense is touch and feel. Sound could be an important feedback for robots, as it already is for [...] Read more

By Brian McMorris  Recently a Futura-Automation customer expressed a problem with Vortex gate valves on an outdoor metal chip collection system getting stuck.  The gate valves are mounted on a vacuum system. The factory operates an “air-lock” that maintains vacuum when the collection system is emptied into a bin. Normally, the plant-side valve is open […]

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