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Ray Robbel named Director of Financial Planning & Analysis - Automation Solutions Group

By BRAAS on Thursday Sep 26, 2019 at 11:46AM in People


Ray Robbel Director of FP&A – ASG

Ray Robbel, Vice President of Operations for BRAAS Company, has been named Director of FP&A – ASG, a key position in the achievement of Motion Finance’s mission and strategic objectives.


In this position, Ray’s primary responsibilities are overseeing field-facing accounting and finance functions for the Automation Solutions Group and directly partnering with group leadership teams on all accounting, finance and financial analyses. This position also provides leadership and oversight to the field accounting teams embedded within select divisions.



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UR CAPS - A platform for robot users providing a shortcut to a proven combinations of robots and accessories

By BRAAS on Tuesday Jun 11, 2019 at 11:03AM in Robotics


Dorner URCaps

Caps are to robots, what apps are to smartphones: useful accessories, hardware/software extending the capabilities of UR robots handling many different tasks. Universal Robots has created a platform for robot users worldwide providing a shortcut to proven combinations of robots and accessories.


URCaps is a platform where distributors and integrators can present accessories that run successfully in UR robot applications at end users.


Any supplier of robotic accessories and solutions that have proven to be suitable for UR robots can download an application form at: Universal-robots.com/plus.



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Zach Zink joins BRAAS as Account Manager for Northern Minnesota

By BRAAS on Monday Jun 10, 2019 at 11:45AM in People


Zach Zink

BRAAS Company is delighted to welcome Zach Zink to the role of Account Manager for the Northern Minnesota region. He will be responsible for working with OEM’s, machine shops, equipment builders and packaging customers to deliver the best automation solutions possible.


Zach brings experience from previous positions as shop foreman and inside sales for mobile hydraulics in the valve assembly/hydraulics industry.



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Managed switches for Rockwell PLC networks - for dummies

By BRAAS on Wednesday Apr 03, 2019 at 11:29AM in Connectivity

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A brief analogy on Managed Switches. In the last year or so I have run into a lot of Braas customers who are machine builders or OEMs using Rockwell PLCs, drives, HMI’s, etc. More often than not, these are connected with unmanaged network switches.


Is this a good thing or a bad thing? The technology behind that decision is a bit foggy so I want to break it down for the layman and also provide downloadable documents with complete details on Ethernet/IP for Rockwell networks.



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Wireless for AGV or moving stock

By BRAAS on Friday Feb 22, 2019 at 11:28AM in Robotics


Wireless AGV

Modern factories are increasingly deploying automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) and automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) in their facilities to optimize production efficiency and reliability. This has led to an increase in traffic on factory floors and within industrial facilities.


To be able to monitor and control the AS/RS and AGV systems, as well as other moving equipment, control centers in these factories need uninterrupted connectivity. Wi-Fi-based technologies are emerging as the most popular communication method used in AS/RS and AGV systems because they are flexible, easy to implement, scalable, and futureproof. In this article, we discuss some key points to consider when planning a Wi-Fi network for AS/RS and AGV systems.



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Blazing speeds and extreme hi-res 3D image acquisition

By BRAAS on Thursday Feb 21, 2019 at 11:42AM in Machine Vision



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BRAAS helps machine builders and OEM's connect to end user plant networks

By BRAAS on Friday Nov 02, 2018 at 11:24AM in Connectivity


DF1 and DH485

HOW IT USED TO BE: In the “good old days” machine builders and OEMs would put PLCs on their machines that did the job of controlling these machines and that’s all they did. The operators would control these machines locally through push buttons or HMIs and they operated for the most part in isolation.


This type of control has been going on since the advent of PLCs in, let’s say, the 1970s. Communication through at least the 1990’s was mostly via serial ports on the machines. Communication to the PLC was via serial ports that would talk Modbus or maybe DF1 or DH485 protocol in the US depending on the manufacturer of the PLC. Those old serial protocols traveled over media that could handle only one protocol at a time. That Allen Bradley blue hose networks for DH+ only worked with AB PLCs, Modbus+ cabling networks only worked for Modicon.



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Fabric Belt Conveyor Troubleshooting

By BRAAS on Thursday Oct 25, 2018 at 11:21AM in Conveyance


Fabric conveyor

Belt tracks to one side or off frame
  • Typical wear and stretching. Make tracking adjustments to re-center belt.
  • Product entering from side. Add side guides if possible.
  • Off-centered load. Try to have load centered if possible.
  • Accessory interference forcing belt to one side. Check that nothing contacts belt.
  • Product/debris build-up on pulley, under belt or on return rollers. Remove debris.



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Motion Industries acquires Sterling ES

By BRAAS on Monday Oct 15, 2018 at 11:40AM in News


On April 1, 2018, Motion Industries purchased Sterling ES of Salem, VA to increase the BRAAS presence in the Southeast and attain a larger footprint in the industrial networking space.


Sterling focuses on networking/communications products for Industrial and Infrastructure applications and Instrumentation for various process applications. The Sterling team is now integrated with BRAAS, giving their customers access to a broader range of products and capabilities. Key lines for Sterling are CalAmp, Moxa (also sold by BRAAS), Toshiba and Kobold.
Sterling’s highly trained staff and office location in the Salem office is remaining the same, while the name will change to BRAAS.



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Modular Belt Conveyor Troubleshooting

By BRAAS on Monday Oct 15, 2018 at 11:23AM in Conveyance


Modular conveyor

Belt skips / loses engagement with drive sprockets
  • Sprockets are worn. Inspect sprockets for tooth wear and replace as needed.
  • Typical wear and stretching of chain. Replace chain.
  • Excessive load on conveyor. Check actual load against conveyor’s limit and inspect for anything contacting belt.
  • Debris impacted in sprockets or in belt links. Clean.
  • Belt is being reversed. Modular belts can not be run in reverse direction.
  • Excessive catenary sag effects sprocket engagement. Remove needed links.
  • Belt not installed in proper orientation.



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Collaborative robot loads bar stock

By BRAAS on Wednesday Sep 19, 2018 at 11:39AM in Robotics



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Dan Toynton named Conveyor Sales Specialist at BRAAS

By BRAAS on Thursday Jul 26, 2018 at 11:47AM in People


Dan Toynton

BRAAS Company is pleased to that announce Dan Toynton has been selected to lead our conveyor products sales efforts in role of Conveyor Sales Specialist. This newly created position is a result of the expansion of conveyor related products available at BRAAS and our need to provide leadership in this product sector.


Dan has been with BRAAS for 14 years serving in a variety of roles:  field sales engineer, establishing and leading the Illinois sales office and most recently as branch manager of our Wisconsin team. Dan’s prior experience has been in a variety of technical sales and leadership roles in the industrial automation market.



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Dave Kriescher joins BRAAS as Wisconsin Branch Manager

By BRAAS on Thursday Jul 26, 2018 at 11:21AM in People


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BRAAS Company is delighted to welcome Dave Kriescher to the role of Wisconsin Branch Manager.


Dave is responsible for automation sales, customer service and engineering in the Wisconsin market. His focus is to ensure customers are successful with their automation projects and to expand our footprint in the WI region.


Dave brings over 20 years’ experience – most recently as VP of Sales at a Wisconsin-based distributor of industrial automation components – making him a valuable addition to the BRAAS team.



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New lightweight ServoWeld® actuators from Tolomatic

By BRAAS on Wednesday Feb 14, 2018 at 11:17AM in News

Tolomatic Servo

New ServoWeld actuators from Tolomatic are redesigned for higher performance and are lighter weight compared to other screw technologies. Featuring roller screws designed and manufactured by Tolomatic, the ServoWeld actuators are made especially for resistance spot welding (RSW) applications in the automotive industry. The ServoWeld actuators deliver 20 million welds or more, much longer than competing technologies such as ball screws and inverted roller screw actuators, according to Tolomatic.


The ServoWeld Advanced (SWA) actuator is based on the highest level roller screw technology available to deliver the maximum number of welds. The ServoWeld Base (SWB) actuator is built on an alternate roller screw design to provide longer life than typical ball screw and inverted roller screw technology, but at a more economical price than the SWA actuator.



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