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MODEX 2018: Robotics Solutions and Record-Breaking Attendance Levels

  • More than 900 exhibitors from around the world and 30,000 guests attended MODEX 2018.
  • Several exhibitors featured cutting-edge six-axis robots picking and sorting products utilizing sophisticated machine vision and AI.
  • Demonstrations featured automated picking systems and heavy-duty autonomous robots.

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Innovative robotics solutions dominated MODEX 2018, which lived up to its motto of “The Greatest Supply Chain Show on Earth,” April 9-12th at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. More than 900 exhibitors from around the world and 30,000 guests, including representatives from Keller Technology Corporation (KTC), discussed the latest supply chain, material handling, sortation and warehouse automation technologies. The 2018 version of the show also expanded to two buildings totaling 280,000 square feet.

Soft Robotics SuperPick Gripper Automation System

Soft Robotics SuperPick System

Attendees hit the ground running, with several exhibitors noting the brisk pace of those actively seeking specific products and technologies. You know you’re having a good show when you need your office to send you more business cards mid-week.

While many companies showed standard warehouse racks, handling carts, fork trucks, urethane-coated wheels, stretch wrappers and carton taping machines, numerous exhibitors featured cutting-edge six-axis robots picking and sorting products utilizing sophisticated machine vision and artificial intelligence.

The Soft Robotics demonstration of its SuperPick system, had a crowd of impressed onlookers asking questions. The automated picking system used web cameras and a Fanuc LR Mate robot to pick random objects from bins.

The Soft Robotics booth was also the interactive highlight of the day, allowing attendees to grasp a variety of objects with the company’s innovative gripper. The unit’s air-filled fingers open and close using compressed air and vacuum that is supplied by a control unit. This unique end of arm tooling design allows the gripper’s malleable rubber fingers to grasp and pick up objects of almost any shape and density.

Fetch Autonomous Mobile Robots

Fetch Autonomous Mobile Robots Presentation

Bleum Robotics introduced its first two robot models at the 2018 MODEX show. Designed for use in automated warehouses without the presence of humans, these heavy-duty autonomous robots lift an entire shelf of products and quickly transport it out of the warehouse and into a safe area where speeds are reduced. Once stopped, employees can safely complete their designated tasks.

Also well-represented at MODEX were Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs), which are deployed in warehouses and distribution centers and work safely alongside humans. The Fetch Robotics booth drew the largest crowd of onlookers, who listened to company CEO Melonee Wise share the benefits of these robots in real-world use – while wearing her trademark Chuck Taylor All-Star high tops, of course.

The Packsize booth showcased another impressive piece of equipment, which was also one of the most complex. The recently introduced X4 machine was making “on demand” shipping boxes from a ribbon of corrugated material.

On Demand Packaging Shipping Box Machine

Packsize On Demand Packaging Shipping Box Machine

The X4 can cut, fold, label, and glue a flat corrugated box in 12 seconds. It was fun to watch and listen to this machine as it made a box that was exactly the right size for the job.

Innovative companies, both small and large, are using creative thinking and cutting edge technology to solve long standing staffing and efficiency problems. As a result of these advancements, automation is rapidly expanding into restaurants, warehouses, distribution centers and farms, and changing the way companies do business. Keller Technology Corporation embraces this change and continues to help our OEM customers achieve their goals by providing cutting edge solutions to their most challenging contract manufacturing problems.

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Energy Secretary Gives “Seal of Approval” to KTC Custom Equipment

  • KTC-supplied undulator for free-electron laser project was given the DOE’s “seal of approval” in the form of Secretary of Energy Rick Perry’s signature.
  • Perry visited the SLAC National Accelerator Lab to see progress being made on the superconducting upgrade to the accelerator that powers the X-ray laser.
  • KTC has played a key role in the LCLS-II program at LBNL for the past five years, manufacturing mechanical systems, frames, and strong backs.
Energy Secretary Signs KTC-Supplied Custom Equipment

U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry signs a KTC-supplied undulator for the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory’s Linac Coherent Light Source-II free-electron laser project.

Already a key component of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory’s Linac Coherent Light Source-II free-electron laser project, a Keller Technology Corporation-supplied undulator now bears the DOE’s “seal of approval” in the form of Secretary of Energy Rick Perry’s signature.

Secretary Perry signed the KTC custom equipment while touring the Menlo Park, California, facility, where he saw the progress being made on the superconducting upgrade to the accelerator that powers the X-ray laser. Started in 2016, the joint project of the SLAC and four other DOE laboratories, including Argonne National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL), Fermilab and Jefferson Lab, will allow lab scientists to take crisp pictures of atomic motions, as well as watch chemical reactions unfold.

KTC has played a key role in the LCLS-II program at LBNL for the past five years, manufacturing mechanical systems, frames and strong backs. In addition, KTC engineers have integrated, aligned and measured powerful rare earth magnets to micron level accuracy for the creation of complete undulators.

According to the SLAC website, Secretary Perry told SLAC staff that he’s “proud to be a part” of the project and praised everyone involved in the program for helping to keep “America at the cutting edge of scientific discovery and technology innovation.” KTC’s Vice President of Business Development Barnaby Keller echoed Perry’s sentiments.

“It’s very encouraging to see Secretary Perry’s interest and support for this program,” Keller said. “The technical demands of programs like LCLS-II require American manufacturers to keep their competitive edge and continue to invest in technology and personnel. The benefits to the United States reach far beyond the primary scientific mission this equipment was designed for.  We were humbled and honored to see the Secretary sign a piece of equipment produced by Keller Technology.”

Watch Secretary Perry’s address to the SLAC staff below.

Keller Technology Plays Critical Role in Taking X-Ray Laser to the Next Level

  • Keller Technology has played a key role in the production of SXR and HXR undulators for an LCLS-II free-electron laser.
  • Keller Technology has been involved with the LCLS-II program at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) for the past five years.
  • Keller Technology has manufactured the mechanical systems, frames and strong backs, as well as integrating, aligning and measuring extremely powerful rare earth magnets to micron level accuracy to create complete undulators.

When the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, California, finishes building the LCLS-II free-electron laser, a whole new world of scientific discovery will be opened up to researchers. Keller Technology Corporation has had the priviledge of playing a key role in the production of SXR and HXR undulators used in the project.

LCLS-II

A joint partnership of the SLAC and four other Department of Energy national laboratories, including Argonne National Laboratory, Berkeley Lab, Fermilab, and Jefferson Lab., the second version of the Linac Coherent Light Source will allow lab scientists to:

  • Take crisp pictures of atomic motions
  • Watch chemical reactions unfold
  • Probe the properties of materials
  • Explore fundamental processes in living things

The LCLS-II will bring with it the ability to perform experiments in a wide range of fields previously thought impossible. According to SLAC, the new X-ray laser will move from the original version’s 120 pulses per second to 1 million, allowing for discoveries to advance technology, new energy solutions and quality of life.

Despite the dramatic boost in capability, both the original version and the LCLS-II work by using electrons accelerated to nearly the speed of light to generate beams of extremely bright X-ray laser light. The electrons travel through a series of magnets, called an undulator, which forces them to travel a zigzag path and give off energy in the form of X-rays.

Keller Technology has been involved with the LCLS-II program at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) for the past five years, manufacturing the mechanical systems, frames and strong backs, as well as integrating, aligning and measuring extremely powerful rare earth magnets to micron level accuracy to create complete undulators.

In 2013, Keller Technology delivered the prototype SXR (soft X-ray) undulator unit to LBNL, followed by the pre-production unit in July 2016.  Successful completion of these activities positioned Keller Technology for a production phase of the program. Since the initial delivery in 2016, Keller Technology has completed 22 SXR mechanical systems along with completing magnet integration, control systems, acceptance testing and delivery of ten production undulators.

“Keller Technology is proud to partner with the DOE’s National Laboratories to advance science and contribute to the development of transformative technologies,” said Barnaby Keller, Vice President Business Development. “Highly complex electromechanical systems and precision instrumentation fit well with Keller Technology’s vertically integrated capabilities that include precision welding/fabrication, five-axis machining, assembly, integration, metrology and testing.”

LBNL also partnered with Keller Technology to produce equipment for the pre-production HGVPU (horizontal gap vertically polarizing undulator) assembled at LBNL in 2017. Keller Technology began production of 17 HGVPUs in January of 2017. Building from experience gained on the SXR undulator program, Keller Technology completed and delivered the first production HGVPU in October 2017.

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Automated Manufacturing Systems Dilemma? Keller Technology Can Help

  • Keller Technology Corporation launches quarterly manufacturing newsletter.
  • Keller has been providing manufacturing solutions since 1918.
  • Our capabilities include early-stage prototype builds, build-to-print services, full-scale production services, and global sourcing.

Welcome to the premier edition of the Keller Technology Corporation Quarterly Newsletter. We’ll be sharing stories about our company and the employees that make us unique, along with relevant articles on a variety of noteworthy scientific and industrial topics.

4 Ways Keller Provides Automated Manufacturing Systems Solutions
Since its founding in 1918, Keller has evolved to meet the growing needs of our diverse customers, while staying true to its mission of providing world-class quality machinery and equipment manufacturing system solutions. As of the present day, our offerings are segmented into four main categories: Industrial Manufacturing Solutions, Custom Machinery, Precision Fabrication, and Medical Device Systems.

Industrial Manufacturing Solutions
Contract Manufacturing

Industrial Automated Manufacturing System Solutions for electromechanical assemblies, high-level assemblies, and turnkey machines and systems is our niche. Keller provides:

  • Manufacturing and engineering services to companies requiring quantity build of products containing a high level of electro-mechanical complexity.
  • Early stage prototype builds, build-to-print services, engineering support, DFM, documentation, product evolution, low volume and full scale production services.
  • Global sourcing capabilities leverage low cost countries for machined and fabricated parts for integration at our ISO registered facilities located in North Carolina and New York.

Whether you have exceeded your in-house capacity, require specific value-added services, or your strategic plans call for outsourcing equipment manufacturing in its entirety–Keller can help!

Custom Machinery
Custom Machinery and Product-Specific Manufacturing Equipment - Keller Technology

From stand-alone machines to entire factory production lines, Keller can:

  • Provide product-specific industrial manufacturing equipment to fulfill your needs.
  • Custom design from customer-provided specifications, or duplicate equipment utilizing documentation provided by your “in-house” engineering group.
  • Use decades of experience to build all types of equipment, from high-speed production lines to ultra-precise metrology equipment.

Our exceptional machine builders and engineers will step up to the most challenging program and deliver quality equipment on schedule.

Precision Fabrication for Scientific Research
Precision Fabrication - 5 Axis Machining - Keller Technology

Keller is a leading provider of equipment for the U.S. Department of Energy National Labs, universities and research facilities, as well as industrial factory customers. We specialize in:

We also have extensive experience machining and welding exotic high temperature alloys. Our capabilities include large envelope five-axis machining, robotic welding and CMM inspection. If you have a program that requires value added assembly of purchased components, Keller can provide the entire module to you aligned, inspected, and documented.

Medical Device Manufacturing Systems
Medical Device Systems - Clean Room Robotics - Keller Technology

Keller provides medical equipment solutions for customers who produce medical devices, pharmaceuticals, bio-pharmaceuticals, radiopharmaceuticals, radiation therapy and combination devices. Our specialties include:

  • Build-to-print, design-build, and contract manufacturing of diagnostic equipment, process equipment, robotic systems integration, and automation systems.
  • Equipment for life science and other highly regulated industries built to the strictest of governmental and industry quality standards.
  • An ISO 13485 certified facility and internal processes that insure that your machines and systems are built to updated and traceable documentation.

You can trust Keller Technology Corporation to do the job the right way, every time!

Buffalo Prep Career Day Features Fanuc America Robotics Demonstration Cell

  • KTC partnered with Fanuc America for Career Day event at Buffalo Prep.
  • A robotics demonstration cell provided students with an up-close look at an industrial robot.
  • Buffalo Prep helps disadvantaged youth obtain a first-rate college prep education.
Robotics Demonstration Cell for Career Day - Keller Technology

Keller Technology Corporation (KTC) recently partnered with Fanuc America to offer Buffalo Prep students an up-close look at an industrial robot for their Career Day event. Fanuc America provided the robotics demonstration cell to showcase its smooth, precision operation for middle and high school attendees. At the same time, the industrial robot introduced them to the many career paths available in the fields of manufacturing, technology and engineering. KTC employees answered students’ questions about robotic systems and what they liked best about their jobs designing and building factory automation systems.

More than just a school, Buffalo Prep is a dedicated organization that works with private, public, and charter high schools to help disadvantaged youth obtain a first-rate college preparatory education. Since its founding in 1989, Buffalo Prep has been helping to close the achievement gap for bright and talented kids from the Greater Buffalo region who lack the financial means to achieve their goals.

KTC, recently certified as an Authorized System Integrator (ASI) by Fanuc America Corporation, has been a Buffalo, NY, area business for almost 100 years and has provided customized robotic solutions to many global companies since the early 1980s. Contact us today for more information.

TechCon 2017: Celebrating 60 Years of Vacuum Coating Innovation

  • Annual conference of The Society of Vacuum Coaters help at Rhode Island Convention Center.
  • Exhibition featured magnetron, target, instrumentation, vacuum component, and coating equipment manufacturers.
  • Technical sessions featured life science applications for vacuum coating technology, including healthcare, biometric monitoring, and bio interfaces.
TechCon 2017: Celebrating 60 Years of Vacuum Coating Innovation

Vacuum coating suppliers, equipment manufacturers and service providers recently gathered for TechCon, the annual conference of The Society of Vacuum Coaters held at the Rhode Island Convention Center from April 29th-May 4th.

Celebrating 60 years of innovation, this year’s exhibition featured a broad array of suppliers involved in vacuum coating technology, including magnetron, target, instrumentation, vacuum component and coating equipment manufacturers. Equipment suppliers featured diverse offerings ranging from lab-scale, research and development coating machinery to high-throughput production systems. Inline, roll-to-roll and cluster tools were also represented.

Technical sessions featured life science applications for vacuum coating technology, including healthcare, biometric monitoring and bio interfaces.

Judging by the applications the exhibitors discussed and showcased, it’s clear that vacuum coating technology continues to be fundamental to many cutting-edge technologies. Advances in nanotechnology and nano-structured materials continue to make vacuum coating an exciting and ever-changing field.

In need of custom or production vacuum chambers? Keller Technology Corporation can help. Contact us today for a project quote.

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab Partners with Keller Technology for Key Equipment Production

  • Keller selected to produce electro-mechanical instruments for SLAC National Accelerator Center’s Linac Coherent Light Source II (LCLS-II) Free Electron Laser program.
  • Keller’s responsibility includes the production manufacturing of the soft X-ray undulators, as well as a large portion of the hard X-ray undulators.
  • Their function is to undulate the electron beam produced by the linac with permanent magnets in order to create coherent X-ray band light.
Electro-Mechanical Instrument Production by Keller Technology

Keller Technology Corporation was selected by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab to produce sophisticated electro-mechanical instruments for SLAC National Accelerator Center’s Linac Coherent Light Source II (LCLS-II) Free Electron Laser program.

The LCLS-II program involves upgrading SLAC’s existing linear accelerator to superconducting linac technology, as well as replacing the undulators built during the original LCLS program. A new electron injector source is also part of LCLS-II’s scope. The result will be the world’s most advanced free electron laser (FEL) light source.

Keller’s responsibility includes the production manufacturing of the soft X-ray undulators, as well as a large portion of the hard X-ray undulators. According to Berkeley Lab’s ATAP News, all work on the pre-production soft X-ray (SXR) undulator has been completed and delivered to SLAC for long-term testing. The devices arrived at Berkeley Lab in Menlo Park, CA, after a cross-country journey from Keller Technology’s Buffalo, NY, facility.

Undulators are precision electro-mechanical devices. Their function is to undulate the electron beam produced by the linac with permanent magnets in order to create coherent X-ray band light. There will be two undulator arrays: one to produce soft X-rays and the other to produce hard X-rays. The light produced will be directed down several beamlines and utilized for a broad array of scientific applications including chemistry, materials science, biology and energy research.

The LCLS-II undulator program is an excellent fit for Keller’s vertically-integrated capabilities, which include precision welding/fabrication, five-axis machining, assembly, integration, metrology and testing. Keller has the facilities, equipment and supply chain to support the mass production of large, complex and precise electro-mechanical devices, machinery and systems. Keller is proud to partner with the DOE’s national labs to advance science and contribute to the development of transformative technologies.

Annual Holiday Food Drive

Annual Holiday Food Drive

Each year Keller Technology employees are pleased to collect food for the Loaves & Fishes Food Drive.

The mission of Loaves & Fishes is: “To provide a week’s worth of nutritious groceries to people within our community facing economic hardships.” In 2015 Loaves & Fishes provided groceries to 71,766 people, 43% of which were children.

Providing groceries for our neighbors in need is an excellent way to build our community, and we are grateful to all who participate.

How Radio Therapy Is Impacting Cancer Treatment

  • American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) Annual Meeting featured a variety of cancer treatment technologies.
  • Equipment on display included traditional linac machines, as well as those used for radiation therapy.
  • Proton therapy is growing, with manufacturers looking for ways to continue to shrink their size and weight.

Today’s oncologists have a variety of treatment modalities to best address the specific needs of individual cases. This year’s ASTRO (American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology) Annual Meeting at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center featured a broad array of those technologies for the treatment of cancer.

Traditional linac machines were on display from several suppliers, as well as machinery and equipment built to deliver different types of radiation therapies, including:

  • MR image-guided linac therapy
  • Electron beam intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT)
  • Superficial radiation therapy (SRT)
  • Boron neutron capture therapy (BCNT)
  • Tomotherapy
  • Proton Therapy

Of these different technologies, I was least familiar with BCNT.

BCNT is a unique therapy in which a patent is injected with a drug containing Boron-10, which essentially seeks out the tumor. The patient is then exposed to low-energy neutrons, which are created using a particle accelerator impacting a target. Many of these neutrons are absorbed by the Boron-10 due to its nuclear cross section. This initiates the creation of high energy charged particles that can destroy the tumor and minimize the damage to nearby healthy tissue.

I was able to talk to several people at ASTRO about trends in the quickly growing proton therapy market, as several proton therapy equipment manufacturers were represented at the show. This industry has been addressing the high costs of these systems by continuing to shrink their size and weight. Although still significantly larger and more expensive than linac machines, they have been making great strides over the last several years.

Most of these companies now offer a single treatment room system. These single-room systems have been able them to offer proton therapy at a price point that is opening up the market to hospitals that would not otherwise be able to afford large, multi-room systems.

I found the electron beam IORT equipment very interesting as well. Because of the nature of the radiation being generated, the machinery can be self-shielded and does not require a vault or any other costly facilities retrofits.

The exhibition was a great opportunity to learn about all the latest treatment modalities and equipment. The technology on display at the ASTRO exhibition was very impressive. While cancer is a very difficult adversary, and takes on a myriad of forms, it’s reassuring to see the continued progress in equipment, software and techniques being developed to defeat it.

As a contract manufacturer for radio therapy equipment, we understand the unique specifications necessary for this type of equipment. Contact us today to find out more.

Barnaby Keller, Vice President – Business Development



Keller Partners with Top Industrial Robot Manufacturers

  • Keller Technology selected as an Authorized System Integrator for Fanuc America Corporation.
  • Keller Technology is also an Official System Partner for KUKA Robotics Corporation.
  • These business relationships enable Keller Technology to efficiently collaborate with the two largest industrial robot manufacturers.
Industrial Robot Systems

Keller Technology Corporation has been selected as an Authorized System Integrator (ASI) for Fanuc America Corporation. This formal partnership enhances Keller Technology’s ability to offer highly effective industrial robot system solutions from one of the world’s leading robot manufacturers. Keller Technology has provided customized robotic solutions to many industries for over 30 years and is also an Official System Partner for KUKA Robotics Corporation.

Robotic industry partnerships, combined with Keller Technology’s experience in the design and manufacture of industrial process machinery, small industrial robots, and automated robot cells, fortify Keller Technology’s ability to provide innovative and cost-effective solutions across a broad range. Such markets and applications include material handling, assembly, packaging, coating, medical and clean room to name a few.

Close working relationships with both KUKA and Fanuc enable Keller Technology to efficiently collaborate with the robotic industry’s two largest industrial robot manufacturers. Keller Technology’s engineers are trained on the latest cutting-edge products, including robot arms and systems, and also receive project-specific technical support. KUKA and Fanuc also support Keller Technology’s marketing and sales efforts with:

  • Lead generation
  • Load calculations
  • Cell layout
  • Time studies
  • Product selection assistance

Keller Technology’s vast experience integrating robots produced by Fanuc, KUKA and other manufacturers, including Staubli, Epson, Adept, and ABB, allow Keller Technology to recommend the best solution for almost any potential customer application.

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