Navus T-Shirt Design Competition for Open House in October

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Want your design to end up on hundreds of T-Shirts? Now’s your chance! Navus is hosting a special Open House for the very first time on Friday, October 22 from 2pm – 7pm. All attendees will receive a free T-Shirt, and the design featured could be yours!

The theme for the event is inspired by 80’s Sci-Fi and Industrial design. BladeRunner, synth music, and Galaga should all be kept in mind. Imagine what the design schematics would have looked like for the Terminator and then apply that to assembly-line robots. Your shirt design should reflect this theme, but feel free to let your imagination run.

Rules:

All designs must incorporate the Navus logo, but feel free to modify it how you see fit. The logo file is available for download here: Navus Logo

You also do not need to use the Navus color palette. In fact, we encourage you to find inspiration from synthwave/vaporwave designs and color palettes.

The design should reference “Open House October 22, 2021”.

Art is limited to 5 colors.

Inspiration:

Need some more inspiration? Here’s what we’re looking for: 80’s Sci-Fi and Vaporwave meet Industrial and Technical. We’ve got a Pinterest board and a Spotify playlist to get you in the right headspace here: 

Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/navusinc/2021-open-house-t-shirt-design-contest/

Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0cHYrgYfB9RH8NH85RbjJc?si=8220eb0d24fd46de&nd=1

Submissions:

Submissions for designs will be open to everyone until September 24, after which a winner will be chosen and announced. All submissions should be sent to info@navusinc.com as a vector file.

Prize:

The winner will be announced on October 1 and receive a batch of the final T-Shirts to give to friends and family along with a $500 Amazon Gift Card!

Submissions are open now, and we look forward to seeing what you come up with! Best of luck, and we hope to see you at our Open House Event on Friday, October 22 from 2pm – 7pm.

Robotics Demonstration Open House Announcement

Robotics Demonstrations at First Navus Open House

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Navus is excited to announce our very first Open House happening on Friday, October 22, 2021!

The shop floor will be open for tours of our facility and its capabilities. Several of our custom-built automation lines and robotics will be on display, demonstrating their abilities alongside the engineers and technicians who designed them. This will be a chance to witness firsthand Navus’s services as well as an opportunity to meet with technicians and discuss their work. Come see how Navus uses state-of-the-art automation to solve problems for some of the finest companies in the world.

A variety of our technologies will be exhibited, ranging from sensor-guided robotics to tactical welding systems and everything in between. Our technicians can walk you through how our projects are developed from concept to the finished product. We’ll also show you how our turn-key solutions make our clients more productive, safer, and more profitable. 

Whether you’re interested in a career, the services we provide, or robotics, we are excited to showcase what we do for our clients every day and share the world of possibilities that automation provides.

All attendees will receive a free t-shirt, and if you’re interested in submitting a design for our contest check out the full details here.

Our doors will be open to visitors on Friday, October 22nd from 2pm – 7pm. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be provided, along with other fun goodies when you arrive and sign in!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Contribution in Custom Automation

The Team at Navus: Contribution in Custom Automation

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At Navus, the majority of our team has worked at the company for years. Each one comes with a different professional and educational background, and a lot of them are hired with one position in mind. But a trend at our company is our team members discovering what they’re most passionate about in the custom automation process, and moving into that position as they grow with the company.

Meet David: Automation Technician

David P. has been with the Navus family since 2007. He’s done a variety of jobs, including welding, fabrication, assembly work, and now mostly operates our water jet and press break. We recently sat down and asked David to share his Navus story.

Passion for Fabrication

Navus: Describe what you do in your role at Navus.

David: I do a variety of things. Welding and fabricating. We do the automated machines, obviously, so that requires a lot of assembly work. But mostly I operate the water jet and the press break. I still do a little welding if they need some extra help with it, but mostly making parts for our machines is what I do day-to-day! I really enjoy it. 

The water jet cuts the material. It can cut a variety of thicknesses from 1/16” to 3” and a variety of different materials. It will even cut glass, cardboard, wood… You put it under there and it will basically cut it! It uses 90,000 PSI (pounds of force per square inch).

Navus: How did you end up in this career, and ultimately at Navus?

David: I was born into it. My dad was a sheet metal worker for 40 years so he always did custom cars at home. I’ve been welding since I was 5 years old. I studied some stuff about fabrication in the auto trade in school. I went to college for mechanical engineering, but I’m not an office person. I prefer to be in the shop. I worked in automotive painting for a while, but I really enjoy the welding side of that industry more. That’s what got me into this. 

The company I worked at before [Navus] had a huge warehouse and they had rented part of it out to Navus because of a big machine they were making. At the time, Navus needed the extra space. That’s actually how I got connected with Navus. They were interested in starting more of the welding side of fabrication, and asked if anyone at my job was interested! It’s close to home, and we’re always doing something different, which is really nice.

Navus: What’s your favorite part about your job and working at Navus?

David: Seeing the whole process to me is fun. Right now they’re finishing a weld cell, getting ready to ship it, [at the same time] keeping the ball rolling on all of our other current and upcoming projects. I’m always cutting parts for the next machines. I love seeing the whole process, from me cutting the parts, to the guys welding them together, to powder coating, to assembly, to seeing the machine run. That’s just always super cool. We’ve made some really neat machines over the years.

Obviously, we stay busy. But it’s a really great environment. Our team trusts each other, and no one micromanages what we do. It’s close to home. And once I get somewhere I like, I like to stay.

More Heads Are Better Than One

Navus: Describe some of the ways you’ve seen the team at Navus work together to overcome challenges.

David: The more heads you have in something, the better off you are as far as perspective goes. It’s just neat to see how people think differently to solve the same problems.

Navus: What have been your favorite projects to work on?

David: There’s a bunch. The very first one was a filter machine. It was stainless steel filters and the machine did the entire process. It would actually run it out, sheer it off, crimp it, stack it, and  have it ready to go. Another one was for a paper company. They had big rolls of paper towels and the machine would stretch out the paper towels and cut it off. I liked that one a lot.

I also love the project I’m cutting parts for right now. It’s a return client that wanted us to do more of a system we’ve already created and delivered to them. It’s for a product that a lot of people are familiar with, so it’s cool to be a small part of the process of the production for them.

Navus: What do you hope for your future at Navus?

David: I can’t wait to see what projects come in next. It seems we get something different every day to work on, and it’s just nice to be super busy and learn new things constantly.

Forging the Future & Clarifying the Complex in Custom Automation & Fabrication

Navus’ team is made up of hand-picked individuals who bring a variety of backgrounds and experiences to our work. We believe that a work environment like ours should be a safe place for our team members to show interest in new skills and grow in their career. Dedicated team members like David who have worked with us for so long are a part of the reason that our high standards for the solutions and products we deliver are possible!

If you’re interested in learning more about how we can help overcome your challenges through custom automation solutions, or if you’re interested in joining the Navus family, reach out to us today. You can contact us by emailing info@navusinc.com

Ryan is an Electrical Technician at Navus

The Team at Navus: Building Bigger & Better Machines

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For over 20 years, Navus has built a reputation of building unique systems and machines that are cutting edge. It ultimately comes down to building bigger and better machines, no matter what changes in the world of technology. 

In our previous blog post, our team member Matt discussed how Navus is on the forefront of new technologies in custom automation. Part of the reason Navus is able to keep up with our ever-changing industry — and provide solutions that others haven’t thought of — is through the fresh perspectives of a younger generation of technicians and engineers joining the team.

Meet Ryan: Electrical Technician

Ryan R. joined the Navus team as an Electrical Technician at the beginning of 

March 2021. Trained as an Electrical Engineer, Ryan is excited for the opportunity to spend hands-on time building the panels he’ll one day be designing for Navus.

Hands-On Experience Adds to a Future in Engineering

Navus: Describe what you do in your role at Navus.

Ryan: I got hired as an electrical engineer, but at the moment I’m working as an electrical technician. I’m starting on the floor, learning how to assemble and wire control panels before I start designing them for projects. I’ve been wiring, cutting holes in panels for all the peripheral devices like air conditioning units, switches, all that kind of stuff. When I assume my full engineering role, I’ll have hands-on experience of what I’m developing and designing.

Navus: How did you end up in this career, and ultimately at Navus?

Ryan: Electrical engineering is a family tradition, all the way back to my great-grandfather. It’s what I was trained to do from a young age, and it’s the path I wanted to follow.

I got my job at Navus when I walked in with my resume! Bill Sauerhoefer came out and talked to me for about 15 minutes. I told him how interested I was in the company, and about a week later I got a call from Buck Barber, and then I started the interview process.

Navus: What’s your favorite part about your job and working at Navus?

Ryan: All of the hands-on experience I’m getting. Control systems engineers who work for larger companies sometimes never get their hands on the actual equipment. They never really learn about what they’re designing, which can cause a lot of miscommunication between the electrical technicians and the engineers. Navus is giving me that hands-on experience and putting me in the field so I can be an even more effective engineer one day.

A Team That Gets the Job Done

Navus: Describe some of the ways you’ve seen the team at Navus work together to overcome challenges.

Ryan: It was really awesome to see everyone come together on the runoff of a recent machine we built. We had the mechanical engineering team, electrical engineering team, welders, other vendors we were working with, all come together to make sure that this machine runoff went smoothly and was something we could confidently deliver to our client.

Navus: What do you hope for your future at Navus?

Ryan: I’m looking forward to assuming the responsibility of a formal electrical engineer, and managing the electrical engineering part of a project. In the future it would be amazing to manage the entire life cycle of a project. I’m looking forward to growing with the company and building bigger and better machines together.

Forging the Future & Clarifying the Complex of Custom Automation

Navus’ team is made up of hand-picked individuals who bring a variety of backgrounds and experiences to our work. We believe that a work environment like ours should be a safe place for our team members to show interest in new skills and grow in their career. Supporting team members like Ryan in their growing career is part of the reason that our high standards for the solutions and products we deliver are possible!

If you’re interested in learning more about how we can help overcome your challenges through custom automation solutions, or if you’re interested in joining the Navus family, reach out to us today. You can contact us by emailing info@navusinc.com.

[WHITE PAPER] Engineering The Future With Remotely Operated, Multi-Function Robotic Work Cells

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Traditionally, adaptive welding robots have been used to handle low skill, repetitive tasks from a fixed location. But with the tools and features available today for offline programming, sensing, tool changing, and remote monitoring, robotic systems are gaining the flexibility and technology needed to widen the range of capabilities. This is particularly useful when the welding requirements involve extremely large metal parts located in a dangerous environment.

The unprecedented Navus system featured in this free white paper, Engineering The Future With Remotely Operated, Multi-Function Robotic Work Cells, moves the robotic welding workcell 100-feet into position in a dangerous environment while the operator works remotely from a safe location. The multi-task robot effectively preps joints, welds, provides inter-pass cleaning, and vacuums welds remotely.

By drastically reducing operator risk and increasing productivity with multi-function robotics, Navus’ system substantially reduces the prohibitive costs of time and expense of traditional methods required to achieve this vital task.

In the free white paper, you will see how this innovative robotic system:

  • Saves money and time by bringing weld cell to part.
  • Reduces safety risk of harsh work environment with remote operation.
  • Saves time by eliminating need for operator rotations every 15 minutes.
  • Reduces quality risks of weld inclusions with use of 1 operator.

To learn how this Navus system is forging the future for multi-task, remotely operated welds, read the free white paper, Engineering The Future With Remotely Operated, Multi-Function Robotic Work Cells, by clicking here to download

Founded in 1998, Navus Automation, Inc. is an industry leader in full-service custom machine building, welding, and integration solutions. We collaborate with many Fortune 500 companies in the automotive, military, agriculture, and consumer industries. Navus engineers provide exceptional robotic solutions for integrated systems that increase productivity, quality, and safety. Contact us online or call us toll free at 1 (866) 597-0750.

Navus To Speak at National Robotic Arc Welding Conference

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Buck Barber, Sales & Marketing Manager for Navus Automation, Inc., will speak at the National Robotic Welding Conference & Exhibition (NRAWC) in Milwaukee on June 7, 2017. The conference highlights the newest tools and techniques for data driven, flexible robotic manufacturing.

Adaptive welding robots have traditionally been employed to handle low skill, repetitive tasks, from a fixed location. But with the tools and features available today for offline programming, sensing, tool changing, and remote monitoring, robotic systems are gaining the flexibility and technology needed to increase a single robot’s range of capabilities.

As an example of those advances in capabilities, Barber’s presentation at NRAWC will reveal how a remotely operated, multi-function robotic work cell makes welding in a dangerous environment more safe and efficient. The unprecedented system is designed to move the robotic welding work cell 100 feet into position in a dangerous environment while the operator works remotely from a safe location. The multi-task robot effectively preps joints, welds, provides inter-pass cleaning, and vacuums welds remotely.

Barber will be representing Navus as one of the featured industry leaders presenting on data driven flexible manufacturing with single or multiple robots, and new advances in optimizing upstream processes. This year marks the 34th anniversary of the conference. The mission of the conference has been to present new and emerging technology in the areas of welding and automation. The conference was unique from the beginning in that it did not have a call for papers but instead featured invited speakers, like Barber, based on cutting edge technologies.

With years of research and development and a certified weld inspector on staff, Navus has developed innovative strategies to meet the toughest challenges. Founded in 1998, Navus Automation, Inc. is an industry leader in full-service custom machine building, welding, and integration solutions. Navus collaborates with many Fortune 500 companies in the automotive, military, agriculture, and consumer industries. Navus engineers provide exceptional robotic solutions for integrated systems that increase productivity, quality, and safety.

 

Navus Obtains Versatile Waterjet Cutting Machine

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The machine’s 5-axis motion allows for accurate bevel, arc, and angle cutting.

The team at Navus Automation, Inc., is one of the first in the region to acquire a Flow waterjet cutting machine. The CNC (computer numerically controlled) cutting technology uses high-pressure water jets as well as an abrasive to precisely cut through virtually any material, from paper or aluminum to steel or even granite.

The waterjet can cut material from 1/16 inch up to 10 inches thick, in high or low volume. A hair-thin pure waterjet stream is ideal for cutting soft materials, while a mixture of water and a garnet abrasive deftly cuts any hard material. The machine operates with a 5-axis motion for accurate bevel, arc, and compound angle cutting.

The cold cutting process means the materials are not subjected to the stress of heat or a heat affected zone. The cuts produce accurate and smooth edges, with minimal secondary finishing required. Waterjet cutting yields a tighter tolerance than plasma and oxy-fuel cutting, with less pre-cut preparation work and no post-cut grinding or deburring. Specifically, the technology allows for:

  • A traverse range of up to 500 in/min [12.7 m/min]
  • A linear straightness accuracy of +/- 0.0015 in/3 ft [+/- 0.038 mm/m]
  • Repeatability of +/- 0.002 in[+/- 0.050 mm]

With the acquisition of the Flow waterjet technology, Navus engineers are able to improve cutting accuracy and quality. The Flow software suite allows for quick and precise programming for cutting a part of any material and any thickness, widening Navus’ range of overall capabilities, efficiency, and productivity. Industries Navus will be able to utilize the waterjet cutting technology for include:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Shipbuilding
  • Energy
  • Oil & Gas
  • Agriculture
  • Architecture

Founded in 1998, Navus Automation, Inc. is an industry leader in full-service custom machine building and integration solutions. We collaborate with many Fortune 500 companies in the medical, automotive, military, and consumer industries. Navus engineers provide exceptional robotic solutions for integrated systems that increase productivity, quality, and safety.

 

Automated Multipass Heavy-Deposition Robotic Welding

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One of our major contracts required welding large steel sheets for shipbuilding, which is typically a time-consuming endeavor, especially considering that the parts can weigh as much as 30 tons. However, with a multipass high-deposition robotic welding technique we were able to reduce the overall process time by about 60%.

Six ABB IRB 4600 robots, three on each side of the cell mounted on 30-meter tracks, move along using a Fronius GP tandem system. The robots work within two cells to achieve interpass cleaning, grinding, and removal of any silicate that could compromise finish quality.

The workpiece is a 2”-thick steel plate that must be flipped a total of four times for the completion of welding and cleaning between each pass. The welds require an interpass temperature of 200-300ºC, and cleaning must be completed before each pass.

Our engineers used RobotStudio to program the parts offline based on our client’s modeling software. Digital manufacturing with offline programming is essential in achieving a project of this scale.

With this system, our client was able to cut their manufacturing process from a minimum of 28 weeks to eight weeks for one key component, which reduces the overall build time per set of components by approximately 60-70%. Best of all, the increased productivity doesn’t come with any costs in quality. The robotic system has been qualified to complete UT (ultrasonic testing) class welds.

This project has been key to reaffirming our reputation for applying ingenuity to solve complex challenges and deliver customized turn-key systems solutions.

Founded in 1998, Navus Automation, Inc. is an industry leader in full-service custom machine building and integration solutions. We collaborate with many Fortune 500 companies in the medical, automotive, military, and consumer industries. Navus engineers provide exceptional robotic solutions for integrated systems that increase productivity, quality, and safety.

 

Navus Authorized As SERVO-ROBOT System Integration Partner

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Navus team members enjoyed meeting up with Servo-Robot representatives at FABTECH in November, 2016. Mike Teubert (Weld Engineering/CWI – Navus), Megan Gliebe (Sales & Administrative Coordinator, SERVO-ROBOT), Greg Hayzen (General Manager – Navus), Jeff Noruk (President –SERVO-ROBOT)

Navus Automation, Inc. has recently partnered with SERVO-ROBOT to deliver high performance robotic arc welding.

SERVO-ROBOT is a recognized world leader in intelligent welding automation. For more than 30 years, SERVO-ROBOT has been producing 3D robot-vision and sensing systems for welding and robotic automation. In particular, SERVO-ROBOT is a leader in the improvement of the performance of joining processes utilizing such technologies as laser seam tracking, laser seam finding, and automated weld inspection through a unique 3D laser vision technology.

Navus team members use SERVO-ROBOT’s laser seam tracker to locate and precisely scan even the most hard-to-reach joints. The laser scan maps each joint, making calculations on bead planning both more efficient and more effective.

Buck Barber, Sales and Marketing Manager at Navus, says, “Here at Navus, we have been working with SERVO-ROBOT for quite some time. With the use of their products, we have developed some of the most advanced welding technology on the market in terms of multi-pass and adaptive fill capabilities. In addition to the excellent on-board tools available with SERVO-ROBOT, we have also been able to use the platform to develop custom functions to take our solutions one step further.”

Founded in 1998, Navus Automation, Inc., is an industry leader in full-service robotic welding and automation integration. With a global reputation for applying ingenuity to solve complex challenges and deliver customized turn-key systems solutions, we collaborate with many Fortune 500 companies in the medical, automotive, military, and consumer industries. Navus engineers provide exceptional robotic solutions for integrated systems that increase productivity, quality, and safety.

 

Navus Exhibited & Met With Key Partners at FABTECH

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Navus staff members showcased their most innovative, custom-designed robotic weld system at the FABTECH trade show in Las Vegas, November 16-18, and met with key partners. General Manager Gregory Hayzen said, “Navus has become an industry leader integration applications, so we were very excited to share one of our most complex and customized systems with nearly 30,000 attendees, and to meet with some of our key partners.”

FABTECH is North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing trade show event featuring world-class suppliers and the latest industry products and tools. While at the event, Navus team members also met with key partners including ABB, MeltTool, Servo-Robot, PushCorp, Inc., and ATI Industrial Automation.

ABB is a pioneering technology leader that is at the forefront of creating digitally connected and enabled industrial equipment and systems. MeltTool designs, manufactures and supports advanced visualization technologies for the welding industry. Servo-Robot produces robotic laser vision and sensing systems for welding and robotic automated manufacturing. PushCorp, Inc., manufactures robotic, compliant end-of-arm tooling, electric spindles and floor-standing equipment for automating material removal applications. And ATI Industrial Automation is a leading engineering-based developer of robotic accessories and robot arm tooling.

In collaboration with Navus, these partners and others are forging the future of integration systems and robotic designs.

Buck Barber (Sales & Marketing Manager – Navus) Mark Oxlade (Market Development Manager - Welding and Cutting – ABB) Josey Varughese (Controls Engineering – ABB)
Mike Teubert (Weld Engineering/CWI - Navus) Nicole Maturen (General Manager - MeltTools) Greg Hayzen (General Manager – Navus)
Navus team members enjoyed meeting up with Servo-Robot representatives at FABTECH in November, 2016. Mike Teubert (Weld Engineering/CWI - Navus), Megan Gliebe (Sales & Administrative Coordinator, Servo-Robot), Greg Hayzen (General Manager – Navus), Jeff Noruk (President – Servo-Robot)

Watch our time lapse video of activity at the Navus booth.

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