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A Robot Untangles Metallic Spaghetti

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MARK STEVENS, CAPSEN ROBOTICS

Pittsburgh-based Ace Wire Spring & Form Co. Inc. is a leading maker of custom springs and wire forms, including metal wire that is formed into hooks. The manufacturing process is highly complex, with 10 steps in the hook production process — beginning with bending the wire into 5-cm hooks, passing the hooks as bulk material into bins, and inserting them into a press that forms the ends. After the hook ends are pressed, they are brought to another station where an operator puts a bead on the flattened end of the hook, and the bead and the hook then get pressed together with a...Read full article

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