Wednesday, March 19, 2014


ONExia represents some of the best manufacturers in the Motion Control and Industrial Control industry. Some products occasionally receive software up-dates as small improvements and bug fixes occur. Rethink Robotics, the manufacturer of Baxter, is an exception where a tremendous amount of work is going in to both improving the operation of Baxter and greatly adding to the tasks that this robot can perform.

Yesterday afternoon we had a “Wow!” moment at ONExia as we tested a Beta version of the next Baxter software release. We tested Baxter on a move that previously would have taken as much as 15 seconds to complete. The improvements in this new software revision have that same move down to 6 or 6-1/2 seconds, with improved accuracy! Baxter will now be able to work at a true human cadence, especially over sustained time. Applications that Baxter could not do in the past due to throughput will now be possible.

Please contact us if you would like to see Baxter in person, running this new software release. Also, ask about the special promotion valued at $7,000 being offered through the end of March.

Greg Selke
CEO ONExia Inc

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Technology Review - Datalogic Vision Systems

Are you looking to add vision to you current machine automation process or looking to upgrade to a newer system? We offer the solutions to do both. Our feature machine vision partner Datalogic offers a complete selection of standalone smart cameras and vision processors designed to make integrating vision a simple and cost effective process.

Smart Cameras
Datalogic Smart Cameras
Smart cameras are stand-alone industrial digital cameras with built-in controls and software for processing images. Smart cameras are used for a wide variety of applications including inspection and quality control, position and orientation, robot guidance, and many others. Models are available with image resolutions and features to match any application.

Vision Processors
Datalogic Vision Processors
Vision processors  are general purpose, industrialized machine vision inspection systems that allow for incredible flexibility in programming. With a wide range of available high-resolution cameras, vision processors can deliver the right solution for general purpose machine vision needs or specific application inspection requirements. Models are available to control up to 4 digital cameras and a variety of processors up to the powerful Intel® Core™ i7 quad-core microprocessor.

For more information on machine vision solutions visit or contact one of our engineers to discuss your potential application.

Tim Pelesky
Marketing ONExia Inc

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A Delta Robot with Open-Architecture Controls Capability

Codian D4-500 Robot
ONExia is representing an exciting new Delta Robot from Codian Robotics. Available in 2, 3, and 4 axis versions with over-all reaches up to 1.5 meters, the Codian Robots cover a wide range of very high performance applications. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the Codian Robots is the open-architecture controls capability. Codian Delta Robots can be controlled by Allen Bradley PLCs,  Delta Tau servo controllers or other popular controls.

You can see a Codian Delta Robot in operation at ONExia's Robots in Motion Open House.

The Robots in Motion open house will be held on Wednesday, February 26th from 10 AM until 2 PM. Come anytime to enjoy some refreshments and interact with some of the latest Robotics technologies.

For more information go to

Greg Selke
CEO ONExia Inc

Monday, February 17, 2014

ONExia Robotics In Motion - Open House 2/26/2014

As a follow up to our recent blog titled "Picking the Right Robot", we are going to have some interesting Robot technology on display next week at our Robots in Motion open house. At the high-performance end of the spectrum we will have a Delta-style Robot from Codian Robotics controlled by an Allen Bradley PLC, and an Articulated Arm Robot from Denso.

In the "no programming required" area we will have a ONExia ONEreach Cartesian Robot and the fantastic Baxter from Rethink Robotics.

Also on display we will have adaptive Grippers from Robotiq and Smart Cameras from Datalogic.
The Robots in Motion open house will be held on Wednesday, February 26th from 10 AM until 2 PM. Come in any time to enjoy some refreshments and interact with some of the latest Robotic technologies!

For more information visit:

Greg Selke
CEO ONExia Inc

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Buying Baxter from ONExia

Rethink Robotics Baxter
ONExia is going above and beyond the normal sale when it comes to purchasing a Baxter. We will review the potential application and make sure that Baxter will be capable of completing every task to the best of its ability.

Services offered by ONExia:


  • ONExia will test application to make sure it is something that is best suited for Baxter.
  • The application will be documented and recorded for further review of the engineers at ONExia.
  • Results and feedback will be provided to customer to review.
  • If application and results fit a quote will be delivered.

After Sale Support

  • ONExia will be there on the day of to assist in intial setup.
  • Full training will be provided for those purchacing a Baxter.
  • ONExia will troubleshoot all issues and provide warranty repairs.

Additional Services
Custom End Effector

  • Additional training.
  • ONExia will troubleshoot and repairs that come up out of warranty.
  • Facilitate Use of Baxter
  • ONExia has the capabilities to build conveyors, grippers, and gripper modifications.
  • Tooling to facilitate parts placement and other products and services is also available.
Greg Selke
CEO ONExia Inc

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Picking the Right Robot

Denso Robot
Robots can be used to automate manufacturing lines of all sizes and volumes. The main goals of using robots are to accelerate cycle times, increase throughput, and eliminate bottlenecks on a line. Each type of robot has its pros and cons so selecting one is based on what works best in the application with regards to time and budget.

An evaluation must be done of the application. The main things to consider are load, orientation, speed, travel, precision, environment, duty cycle and programming.

1.   Load.  This can limit which robotic solutions are available right away. Consult the manufacturer’s specs to each robot to see if it something the robot can handle. Heavy payloads can deflect a robotic arm making it harder to consistently position the load with accuracy.
2.   Orientation. This depends on how the robot is mounted and how it situates parts or products that are being moved. Space within the work envelope must also be considered. The main goal of this is to match the robot’s footprint to the work area.
Codian Delta Robot
3.   Speed and Travel. Similar to load robot-manufacturers also list speed ratings. If the application being considered is pick and place, the amount of time during part transfer must be given heavy consideration. Cartesian robots will typically best fit in this application when distance is a factor because they can be customized externally by length and internally by using faster actuator components (belt, linear, ball screw, etc.).
4.   Precision. Delta, SCARA and six axis robots have a predefined accuracy rating making it easy to determine their repeatability of movement. Although this is ideal for some applications it can lock the user into one level of accuracy. A Cartesian robot once again can be customized if necessary for better precision. Also consider deflection. Heavy payloads = tougher success with precision.
5.   Environment. Three main things need to be considered: space available in work envelope, hazards and environmental situations. Overhead mounting is a good option in limited space or pick and place applications. For environmental issues many robots are available in an IP65 model.
ONEreach Cartesian Robot
6.   Duty Cycle. This depends on the user’s intent. A robot running 40 hours a week will have a longer lifespan than a robot running 24/7. Robots have varying maintenance schedules so finding one that limits downtime but has a long run life is essential.
7.   Programming. The most suitable robot for an application also depends on the requirements for controls and programmability. Typically the most basic controls are available with a Cartesian robot because of the simplicity of the design. Articulated, Delta and SCARA robots require more advanced functions which results in more time implementing them into action. Another thing to consider is communication with external additions such as an end effector, tool or vision system.

Robots are becoming a necessity in any automation application and can show an impressive ROI within weeks of implementation. For more information visit or contact one of our engineers to discuss your potential application.

Tim Pelesky
Marketing ONExia Inc

Friday, December 13, 2013

Is There a Robot in Your Distribution Future? - Article from Modern Materials Handling

The following is an excerpt from an article written by Bob Trebilcock, Executive Editor for entitled  "Is There a Robot in Your Distribution Future?"

The article takes a look at the use of Rethink Robotics flagship robot Baxter being used in the Genco Distribution Facility in Ft. Worth, Texas.
"If a new process for handling consumer electronics continues to deliver results, the future of materials handling may include a striking red robot with big digital eyes, bushy digital eyebrows and a quizzical expression that makes you want to smile.
At Genco’s campus in Ft. Worth, Texas, Baxter, as the robot is known (Rethink Robotics), is working side by side with team members on a packaging line. The campus includes 1 million square feet of distribution space spread across three buildings and handles the return, repair and refurbishment of consumer electronics products such as cell phones and GPS navigation systems.

In this process, employees load four products—one at a time—into a form that goes into the sealer. When they come out the other side, Baxter picks and places four packages at a time on a takeaway conveyor that delivers them to the next step in the process.
Why the interest in piece-picking robots? “The cost and flexibility of the technology has lowered the barriers to entry for robotics,” says Jeremiah Miele, a Pittsburgh-based project engineer who is leading Genco’s robotics efforts. Read more about how Baxter works in this facility.
“There’s an ability to do things with robotics that didn’t exist five or 10 years ago,” adds Pete Rector, executive vice president of technology and lean solutions for Genco. “We think it’s just a matter of time before robotics are mainstream in materials handling. It’s going to happen faster than people think.”
Read the rest of the article at (Modern Materials Handling) and see how Baxter is revolutionizing the Genco facility.

Link to full Article:

Tim Pelesky
Marketing ONExia Inc