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ABCO Automation and 3M Abrasives Feature SmartForce at This Year’s FABTECH

At this year’s FABTECH 2018, ABCO Automation will feature SmartForce a self-contained turnkey grinding, deburring, and polishing robotic cell. Developed in conjunction with 3M, KUKA, and PushCorp, SmartForce is a flexible automation solution for manual machining processes. SmartForce will be on display in the 3M Abrasive Systems’ Booth #C11544 and is available for purchase at FABTECH.

“We designed and built SmartForce to address the growing need to automate manual grinding, deburring, and polishing,” says Brad Kemmerer, president, ABCO Automation. “Today’s manufacturers recognize that new employees entering the workforce do not want jobs that are gritty, taxing, and hazardous. SmartForce offers companies a solution that removes employees from working under those conditions, repositions employees in auxiliary roles, and replaces direct labor with a robot that delivers consistent, quality results.”

With a compact footprint that is less than 100 square feet, SmartForce is mobile and flexible. The robotic cell is pre-engineered and pre-assembled on a metal skid base, which allows manufacturers to not only use it right away but easily move the cell from one section of a facility to another. In addition, other components, such as conveyors and post-processing inspection equipment, can be added to further automate the cell. The cell’s key components include:

• KUKA KR-60 3 F Robot
• 3M™ Abrasives
• PushCorp End-of-Arm Tool
• Safety guarding
• Coolmate™ Coolant System
• Metal skid base
• Dial part infeed table

Kemmerer went on to say, “What makes SmartForce so effective is the combination of PushCorp’s End-of-Arm tool with 3M’s abrasive discs. PushCorp’s End-of-Arm Tool features a tool holder mounted on a force control actively-compliant tool. The tool enables the robot to have human-touch capabilities that can grind, deburr, or polish in any orientation, even over contours. The tool’s unique capabilities in conjunction with ABCO programming provides our grinding, deburring, and polishing solution its ‘SmartForce’.”

The FABTECH SmartForce robotic cell will feature 3M™ Cubitron™ II Fibre Disc 982C, which is well-suited for edge chamfering, beveling, and removing carbon steel welds, mill scale, pits and imperfections, and machining grooves as well as the Scotch-Brite™ Light Grinding and Blending Disc, which achieves a high cut-rate for optimal weld grinding and blending in mild-steel applications.

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ABCO Automation and 3M Abrasives Feature SmartForce at IMTS 2018

At this year’s IMTS 2018, ABCO Automation will feature SmartForce a self-contained turnkey grinding, deburring, and polishing robotic cell. Developed in conjunction with 3M, KUKA, and PushCorp, SmartForce is a flexible automation solution for manual machining processes. SmartForce will be on display in the 3M Abrasive Systems’ Booth #236941 and is available for purchase at IMTS.

“We designed and built SmartForce to address the growing need to automate manual grinding, deburring, and polishing,” says Brad Kemmerer, president, ABCO Automation. “Today’s manufacturers recognize that new employees entering the workforce do not want jobs that are gritty, taxing, and hazardous. SmartForce offers companies a solution that removes employees from working under those conditions, repositions employees in auxiliary roles, and replaces direct labor with a robot that delivers consistent, quality results.”

With a compact footprint that is less than 100 square feet, SmartForce is mobile and flexible. The robotic cell is pre-engineered and pre-assembled on a metal skid base, which allows manufacturers to not only use it right away but easily move the cell from one section of a facility to another. In addition, other components, such as conveyors and post-processing inspection equipment, can be added to further automate the cell. The cell’s key components include:

• KUKA KR-60 3 F Robot
• 3M™ Abrasives
• PushCorp End-of-Arm Tool
• Safety guarding
• Coolmate™ Coolant System
• Metal skid base
• Dial part infeed table

Kemmerer went on to say, “What makes SmartForce so effective is the combination of PushCorp’s End-of-Arm tool with 3M’s abrasive discs. PushCorp’s End-of-Arm Tool features a tool holder mounted on a force control actively-compliant tool. The tool enables the robot to have human-touch capabilities that can grind, deburr, or polish in any orientation, even over contours. The tool’s unique capabilities in conjunction with ABCO programming provides our grinding, deburring, and polishing solution its ‘SmartForce’.”

The IMTS SmartForce robotic cell will feature 3M™ Cubitron™ II Fibre Disc 982C, which is well-suited for edge chamfering, beveling, and removing carbon steel welds, mill scale, pits and imperfections, and machining grooves as well as the Scotch-Brite™ Light Grinding and Blending Disc, which achieves a high cut-rate for optimal weld grinding and blending in mild-steel applications.

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ABCO Automation Announces the Availability of its Turnkey Self-Contained Laser Wire and Cable Marking Systems

ABCO Automation announces the availability of its LM Series laser wire and cable markers. Designed specifically for wire and cable manufacturers that need high-speed marking, the LM Series laser wire markers are certified Class 1 and available in two models: LM-1000 (ytterbium pulsed fiber) and LM-2000 (diode-pumped Nd: YVO4 laser). Both models are all-inclusive and include a laser marking unit (interface unit and marking scan head), supply unit, software, and an ABCO Safe Guard Stand.

“We designed and built a completely safe self-contained system that is ready to use right out of the box,” says Jack Walsh, executive vice president sales and marketing, ABCO

Laser wire marker

Automation. “Both models are simple to install, easy to use, and require minimal operator training, which makes wire and cable marking effortless.” LM Series laser markers are offered as “off-the-shelf” units and readily available via ABCO’s Quick Ship Program.

LM Series laser wire markers are compact, mobile, and robust, featuring a small 24″ x 26″ footprint. The Safe Guard Stand includes four adjustable feet on casters, which allow users to easily move the unit from line to line. The stand features high-end industrial components including:

  • Main frame construction of 2″ x 2″ x 1/8” T-3-4 stainless steel square tubing
  • Shielding enclosure fabrication of 16-gauge T-304 stainless steel
  • Hinged and gasketed safety interlocked access door with nickel-plated cam latches, stainless steel hinge, and a Kentek laser window
  • Roller guides to maintain a vertical wire position
  • Infeed and outfeed cable round tube portal
    (light leakage prevention)

Walsh continues, “One of the value-added benefits of our LM Series laser wire markers is the laser safety package. Users receive conversion documentation, which includes a LSO risk assessment review, photo documentation, FDA product registration report, and FDA annual product shipment report. This along with our safety guarding helps ensure that end users adhere to federal regulations.”

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ABCO Automation Announces Membership in ABB’s Authorized Value Provider Program

ABCO Automation, designer and builder of high-end factory automation systems, announces the signing of an authorized Value Provider Program (VPP) agreement with ABB, a technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation, and power grids. VPP is a global third-party channel program for panel builders, installers, machine builders, original equipment manufacturers, and system integrators. The program’s objective is to ensure participating companies deliver services that reflect ABB’s leading level of quality.

“As a factory automation systems integrator, it is key that ABCO have access to a wide-range of high-end robotic solutions,” says Jack Walsh, executive vice president sales and marketing, ABCO Automation. Our designs run the gamut, and ABB robots can handle virtually every robotic application, including palletizing, machine tending, small parts assembly, picking, and material handling, as well as provide an array of payload and reach options.”

Walsh continues, “With this partnership agreement, ABB will train our engineers and sales representatives to become ABB robot experts on dimension calculations, robot selection, quotes, and warranty claims. Our competence with ABB robots will not only give us a competitive advantage as a systems integrator, it will let us instruct our clients on the best deployment and maintenance of their robot(s).”

VPP provides channel partners with the most current and relevant information, allowing participants to better serve customers. The program extends partner access to the following channels and platforms:

  • Local and global support network
  • High quality, channel-focused product integration training
  • Sales and quotation tools
  • ABB channel partners portal

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ABCO Automation Hosts Follow-up Open-Shop Build Day for FIRST Robotics

On Saturday, January 21, 2018, ABCO Automation hosted a follow-up open-shop build day at its Greensboro, N.C. facility for area FIRST Robotics Competition teams. In the spirit of “Coopertition,” members of the multi-team “Triad Alliance” returned to ABCO two weeks into their six-week build cycle, collaborating on design concepts and manufacturing components. The event was planned by Brian Page, coach of FRC team “Triple Strange.”

After a brief company introduction and safety overview by Dwight Marcellus, director of operations, ABCO Automation, team members, coaches, mentors, and parents, spent the morning working out design details, programming, and preparing part drawings. ABCO engineering and manufacturing staff were on hand to support the teams, fielding technical questions and spending time talking with students about various career opportunities with an automation company like ABCO.

After a quick break for lunch, the flurry of activity continued with parts being routed through manufacturing, more design work, and programming.  The teams have just four weeks remaining in the 2018 FRC season to complete and ship their robots to the FRC competition.

ABCO has been a proud supporter of US FIRST Robotics for many years. Our highly skilled engineering and technical staff volunteers and our in-house manufacturing capability make us uniquely qualified to support FIRST and encourage students to pursue STEM education and careers. For additional information visit: www.firstinspires.org.

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ABCO Automation Launches Stingray Modular Belt Conveyor

ABCO Automation, Inc., announces the availability of Stingray, a robust, low-profile modular belt conveyor
that employs micropitch plastic belts. Modular Belt ConveyorJust as its name suggests, Stingray is powerful, yet gentle. This heavy-duty stainless-steel conveyor provides extremely reliable product transfer, smooth transitions, and product accumulation, making it ideal for delicate, small footprint, or unstable products that may be damaged by a conventional conveyor.

“We designed and built this custom conveyor to not only provide our clients with key features and options but to fill out our product line with a material handling solution that met ABCO’s quality standards,” says Jack Walsh, executive vice president sales and marketing, ABCO Automation. “Our clients expect only the best from us, whether in design, quality, or service—and offering an ABCO designed, built, and supported conveyor further allows us to provide clients a single source for automation solutions.”

Stingray is modular and scalable with sections available up to 20′ and belt widths include 4, 8, 12, and 24 inches, allowing easy integration into virtually any floor space. In addition, conveyor sections easily accommodate 90° transitions for smooth, precise movement from one conveyor to another. Stingray includes these distinct features:

  • Conveyor frame and spanners constructed of 11-gauge stainless-steel and optional powder coating for increased durability
  • Hardened steel nose ends for better wear and adjustability
  • Additional bearings to provide greater load capacity
  • Nose roller transfers as tight as .90″ provides for smooth transitions from one belt to another
  • Customizable position sensors

Stingray conveyors are pre-engineered, built to order, and available on a quick-ship basis from ABCO’s Build-to-Print group.

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ABCO Hosts Area Robotics Teams to Help Start the 2018 “Power Up” Competition

On January 7, 2018, ABCO Automation hosted a “Coopertition Event” to help jump start the 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition for area robotics teams. More than 80 students, coaches, mentors, and parents representing six local teams attended the event at ABCO’s facility in Greensboro, NC. The event was planned by Brian Page, coach of Triple Strange. In addition, the HotBotz, Team Apollo, and Girls on Fire teams were well represented.

Brad Kemmerer, president and CEO ABCO Automation, welcomed the group and presented a brief overview of ABCO Automation and a review of the engineering design process. Ernie Collett, manufacturing manager ABCO Automation, discussed how designs are turned into parts via drawings, models, cutting, machining, and welding. Attendees were given a tour of ABCO’s manufacturing areas before getting to work.

The teams reviewed the 2018 “Power Up” rules and worked on strategies to play the game. The teams have just six weeks from January 6th to ship their robots to their FIRST competition.

The teams will return to ABCO on January 20th for help with prototyping concepts, making parts, designing, and programming. US FIRST Robotics is a great way to encourage students to pursue STEM education and careers. With ABCO’s technical skill base and engineering personnel, ABCO is uniquely qualified to support FIRST. For additional information visit: www.firstinspires.org.

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ABCO Plays Secret Santa to Eight Reidsville, NC Families

In conjunction with the Reidsville, NC Salvation Army, ABCO once again committed to support the Angel Tree Program. According to Tina Peterson, payroll and benefits coordinator, ABCO Automation, “Last year we had great success with the Angel Tree Program, so we decided to expand our efforts and support eight families this year. And, our employees stepped up, so we could meet our promise.  By combining cash donations with employee-purchased items, we presented the Salvation Army with a variety of clothes, toys, games, personal care items, puzzles, sports equipment . . .” The Salvation Army has been running the Angel Tree Program for nearly 40 years and has provided Christmas presents to millions of children and families in need.

 

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ABCO Automation Hosts Annual Guilford Apprenticeship Partners Open House

ABCO Automation hosted a Guilford Apprenticeship Partners (GAP) open house at its facility on November 30, 2017. ABCO had nearly 70 attendees, including 18 students plus family members, Lydia Craddock, transitional career counselor, Rockingham County Schools, and Dr. Kenneth Scott, director of classified personnel/career and technical education, Rockingham County Schools. Brad Kemmerer, CEO and president, ABCO Automation provided a welcome and company overview, and Ernie Collett, ABCO’s manufacturing manager, provided an overview of the GAP program and introduced Jacob Mohan, GAP fabrication apprentice. In addition to the presentations, several ABCO employees provided tours of the ABCO facility, including its machining/fabrication center and two main project assembly and test buildings.

ABCO Automation is a charter member of Guilford Apprenticeship Partners. As part of the alliance, ABCO provides apprentice positions for local high school students. For everyone it’s a win-win—ABCO supplements its current manufacturing team, and the students are paid for  gaining on the job experience while earning a college education.

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ABCO Automation and Visual Components Announce Value Added Reseller Agreement

VISUAL COMPONENTS 3D DRAWING OF PALLETIZING CELL

ABCO Automation, designer and builder of high-end factory automation systems, announces the signing of a Value-Added Reseller (VAR) agreement with Visual Components, a global leader of 3D manufacturing factory simulation software. With this agreement, ABCO adds Visual Components simulation software to its service offerings. The software extends ABCO’s current service portfolio, which includes field support, on-site installation, laser safety, system training, project management, and engineering.

“As part of our concepting and designing process, we use Visual Components to provide clients a digital 3D model of their potential system,” says Jack Walsh, EVP ABCO Automation. “Visual Components is key to helping our clients visualize the design and layout configuration as well as simulate the design’s functionality.”

Walsh continues, “Now as a Visual Components VAR, we can provide our customers with an ancillary product that supplements our Build-to-Print and Design Build processes. We are already gaining interest from clients who see the value in using the software to further vet their design ideas.”

Visual Components combines three engineering disciplines in one platform, including material flow, robotics simulation, and controls validation. With Visual Components 4.0, users design factory layouts with numerous models and factory components, such as pre-engineered conveyor units and industrial robots. Through the software’s visualization, users get an approximate graphical view of a factory or production line, while the simulation function creates an accurate version of the factory or production line with all the components operating in a real environment.

“The key benefit of using Visual Components is cost savings by avoiding process and equipment mistakes on the manufacturing floor,” states Bob Axtman, CEO Visual Components. “Simulation allows users to see design flaws, test different operations, and make adjustments before committing to a final design. By eliminating virtually all the guesswork, companies can be confident that they will not spend money to rework their system.”

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