Robotics Lab Helps Initiatives Surge Forward

Posted December 7, 2016 by Pepper Hastings

Categories: Blog, Robotics

Manufacturing plants are investing resources in robotics. Since installing a proof-of-concept robotics lab at its Texas headquarters, Innovative-IDM has seen a surge of curious engineers and plant managers asking the question: "How can robots handle my application?"

Innovative’s robotics lab currently includes multiple robots integrated with conveyors, vision, AC drives, PLCs and pneumatics. It’s a great lab to prepare for an initial robot installation, test applications or further advance knowledge of Omron Adept's SCARA and Parallel machines, as well as Rethink's Collaborative robots. (The lab also has a model of what is claimed to be the world's fastest robot.)

The robotics lab has been busy. In October, IIDM hosted a Robot Day for manufacturing plant executives. And last week, in an effort to stay ahead of customer demands, IIDM brought in more than a dozen of its field technicians and engineers for three days of intensive hands-on training -- this time on the Omron Adept line of robots.

In the past month, IIDM implemented robotics solutions for customers at nearly every branch location -- most recently last Friday in Austin.

Another Robot Day is planned for Q1 2017, and additional training for both customers and IIDM techs is planned as well. If you want to be involved, or if you would like for us to test your proof-of-concept to see if robotics can keep your plant globally competitive, email us at

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