Friday, January 29, 2010

Heritage High Robotics Club, Video Part 1

Heritage High Robotics Club, Video Part 1
Preparing for FIRST Tech Competition Club
Sponsored by Bishop-Wisecarver www.bwc.com


The 2010 FIRST Robotics Competition for high-school students has begun, and we are sponsoring the Heritage High School Robotics Club in Brentwood, CA -- This is a video of their progress as of January 2010. Teacher Rob Pardi from Heritage High School and his team of ten students will be competing in the Northern California HotShots! competition on February 27, 2010 at Pioneer High School in San Jose. As posted on the Norcal FTC website, "...the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is a robotics competition for upper middle and high-school students. It offers the traditional challenge and excitement of a FIRST Robotics Competition but with an accessible and affordable robotics kit. The ultimate goal of FTC is to reach more young people with a lower-cost, more accessible opportunity to discover the excitement and rewards of science, technology, and engineering."

Friday, January 22, 2010

Harsh Environments? No problem!

Food Industry Pick, Place & Packaging Environment Ideal for Guide Wheel Technology

Why did Flexicell choose HepcoMotion® GV3 offered by Bishop-Wisecarver’s for their application? Because this guide wheel technology has a proven record of excellence -- find out how this challenge was solved >>

Challenge: Flexicell, a company which designs and manufactures robotic material handling for the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, healthcare, and durable goods industries needed linear guides that could withstand the elements in a food production environment. They also needed to accommodate a variety of lengths, speed and load requirements.

Application Description Case packing, tray loading, palletizing cells and various other loading and unloading systems required a two-axis pick and place system, driven by two servo motors. Used to top load cases, trays, cartons and other containers, the system would also serve as a collator, pattern maker and/or used to load products into other packaging machines.

Solution: The customer was interested from the beginning in guide wheel technology based on its excellent performance record over the years in harsh environments. Speed, up to 40 cycles per minute/100" per second and loads up to 75 pounds were also handled well with guide wheel technology.

Products Used: HepcoMotion® GV3 with P1, P2 and P3 Precision Grade Slides

Contact us to discuss your specific linear motion needs: 888.580.8272 or visit us online www.bwc.com

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Elevated Temperatures & Harsh Environments? No Problem!

Find out how this challenge was solved by using a LoPro Linear Actuator System from Bishop-Wisecarver -- these systems can be ordered non-actuated or actuated using a belt, roller chain, ball screw or lead screw >>

Challenge: The Plasma Cutter operates in a very harsh environment consisting of smoke, abrasive dust, weld splatter, hot sparks and elevated temperatures.

Application Description : This machine operates in the Manufacturing / Production industry on a factory floor. The CNC Plasma Cutter produces shapes, or parts, from metal plates of various thicknesses.

Solution: The CNC Plasma Cutter was constructed using ball screw driven LoPro® systems to handle the required positional accuracy. The y-axis and the torch head are mounted to LoPro wiper wheel plates. The selected components can handle the harsh environment and elevated temperatures.

Products Used:
• Three (3) size 4 LoPro ball screw driven systems with wiper wheel plates, steel beam mounted. Working envelope is 26.5" x 45.75" and can accommodate standard 4' x 8' material.
• Custom drive ends were fabricated into the machine frame.
• Expandable/Collapsible bellows covers were purchased to help reduce environmental contamination on the lead screw and track surfaces.
• Machine operates inside a fabricated fume hood.

Contact us to discuss your specific linear motion needs: 888.580.8272 or visit us [ online ]

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

HepcoMotion Custom HDLS 24' Long, Offered by Bishop-Wisecarver

In this video, the 24' long system has a gear box mounted to one end. The travel length is 14.83'

Find more info about HDLS systems at Bishop-Wisecarver [com]

HDLS utilizes heavy duty slides and actuates them by AT series belt. Narrow and wide unit versions are available. The narrow unit is taller than the wide unit making it stiffer. The wide unit is better suited for applications with high moment loads. Both the narrow unit and the wide unit feature left, right, and dual output shafts. Gear boxes may be supplied directly coupled to units along with optional AC motors and brakes. Extended output shafts on gear boxes are also possible to drive two systems in parallel. Optional shock absorbers and rubber buffers are available for HDLS systems.

Monday, January 4, 2010

BWC Sponsors Heritage High Robotics Club in 2010 FTC Competition

The 2010 FIRST Tech Challenge for high-school students has begun, and as sponsors of the Heritage High School Robotics Club in Brentwood, CA, we couldn't be more excited it's that time of year!

Teacher Rob Pardi from Heritage High School and his team of ten students will be competing in the Northern California FTC competition on February 27, 2010 at Pioneer High School in San Jose. With the February deadline fast approaching, the students held a meeting today (photo on the left) to discuss their next steps in completing the second half of the robot (on the right).

As posted on the Norcal FTC website, "...the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is a robotics competition for upper middle and high-school students. It offers the traditional challenge and excitement of a FIRST Robotics Competition but with an accessible and affordable robotics kit. The ultimate goal of FTC is to reach more young people with a lower-cost, more accessible opportunity to discover the excitement and rewards of science, technology, and engineering."

Throughout the next two months, we will be sharing their journey with you. Check up on the blog regularly to get news and updates on these busy future engineers-in-training.

Also, you can follow us on Twitter for quick and easy updates at Twitter.com/BWCnews