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Remote Equipment Access and Monitoring: The Benefits of “Smart” and Connected Devices in Manufacturing

May 30, 2019 11:54:21 AM / by Seth Angle posted in Smart Machines,

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Increasingly, large and small factories are incorporating “smart” sensors, drives, and other monitoring components into their equipment. These connected devices can transmit production and operation data to a control room computer for real-time monitoring.

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Grow Your Manufacturing Workforce with Automation

May 20, 2019 10:39:00 AM / by Seth Angle posted in Employees,

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You probably know that automating some or all of your manufacturing processes can increase production, reduce waste, modernize your facility, and even boost revenue. But did you know it can help you expand your pool of potential employees and retain your current ones for longer? Let’s examine how automation can enable aging workers and persons with disabilities to carry out industrial and manufacturing work.

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Justifying Automation: The 6 Incidental Factors You Didn't Realize Impact ROI

Apr 23, 2019 12:51:00 PM / by Seth Angle posted in ROI,

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According to a 2016 survey by the MAPI Foundation and Rockwell Automation, the top reason companies said they chose not to automate is that perceived return on investment (ROI) did not justify the initial cost of purchase and implementation (47 percent). If this reasoning resonates with you, ask yourself if you’re looking at ROI comprehensively when considering automation.

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Applications Engineer Stephen Layman Joins Force Design Team

Mar 28, 2019 10:27:00 AM / by Mark Miller posted in Employees,

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We are pleased to announce that Stephen Layman has joined the Force Design team  as an Applications Engineer. Stephen brings experience with automation design and installation to his new role in concept and proposal development. His work will include assessing client needs, designing and developing automation solutions, creating 3D concepts and simulations, presenting proposals to clients, analyzing costs, and working with equipment vendors. As part of the Force Design leadership group, he’ll also participate in strategic planning, growing client and vendor relationships, and leading concept development work with our design and engineering staff.

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Industry 4.0: Changing the Perception of Manufacturing

Mar 25, 2019 2:06:55 PM / by Seth Angle posted in Future of Manufacturing,

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When a system, process, or institution experiences change so profound that it completely alters how it operates and how people think about it, we call it a revolution. Since the mid-1700’s, technological revolutions have changed industry, manufacturing, and the nature of work significantly three times:

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Engineering the Perfect Pitch: How to Get Buy-in for Your Automation Project

Feb 27, 2019 11:11:25 AM / by Seth Angle posted in ROI, Automation,

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Engineers have technical knowledge and an eye for detail, especially when it comes to improving a system or process. If you’ve determined that automation equipment can benefit your facility, it’s probably very clear to you how and why it’s a worthwhile investment. But the benefits and outcomes may not be as obvious to decision makers and management – the very people who approve the purchase. Because you’re the one who sees the full picture of what an automation project can accomplish, your task is much like making a sales pitch, convincing management to buy in to your solution.

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Navigating the Skills Gap

Feb 12, 2019 9:23:00 AM / by Seth Angle posted in Future of Manufacturing,

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The skills gap is a hot topic in many industries, especially manufacturing. It’s created when the number of open jobs grows but there aren’t enough job seekers with the right skills to fill them. Research by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute says “the number of new jobs in manufacturing [will] accelerate and grow by 1.96 million workers by 2028.” However, the World Economic Forum (WEF) notes that 54 percent of workers will require significant reskilling or upskilling by 2022 .

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Custom or Off-The-Shelf?  The Full Picture Matters

Dec 19, 2018 12:20:00 PM / by Seth Angle posted in Custom Automated Equipment,

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For small to medium manufacturers seeking to boost production, create lean facilities, and stay competitive in their markets, automation is an increasingly viable option. Falling equipment prices, small and flexible cobots, and advancing technology are bringing automated manufacturing equipment into smaller facilities. What’s more, “factories that automate boring, low-paying jobs with high turnover not only stay competitive but can elevate workers to more interesting, better-paying jobs,” according to Cutting Tool Engineering.

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Choosing an Automation Integrator: Factors that Matter

Dec 4, 2018 2:10:48 PM / by Seth Angle posted in Custom Automated Equipment,

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“Even though manufacturing is one of the most highly automated industries globally, there is still significant automation potential within the four walls of manufacturing sites, as well as in related functional areas such as supply chain and procurement,” according to research by McKinsey. In fact, their research found that, globally, 64 percent of working hours spent on manufacturing-related activities are automatable.

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Experience is Critical in Engineering: An Intern's Perspective

Oct 16, 2018 11:17:00 AM / by Brandon Mynatt posted in Internship Program,

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Brandon Mynatt, controls engineering intern, shares thoughts on his experience at Force Design. He joined us during the last semester of his high school career in 2017. He will soon be heading back to college in Florida for his sophomore year. So far, he has worked a full-time schedule here for two summers and a winter break (now that’s dedication!).

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