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    Mark Miller

    With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Mark is passionate about promoting excellence in engineering. He is able to accomplish this by managing Force Design's internship program and through his role as our project optimizer.

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    Designing the Layout: Robotic Welding Cell Configurations

    Sep 23, 2020 10:59:00 AM / contributions by Mark Miller posted in Welding, Robotic weld cell,

    One of the challenges of planning a new welding automation project is visualizing the equipment layout. There are many configuration options from which to choose. What’s highly efficient in one facility might bog down production in another. It all comes down to your goals and the details of your manufacturing process.

    Here are some things to keep in mind as you design your welding cell.

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    Robotic Welding System Design: A Need-to-Know Guide for Automated Welding

    Apr 16, 2020 3:23:38 PM / contributions by Mark Miller posted in Welding, Robotic weld cell, Manufacturing Processes, Automation Equipment,

    To implement automation in welding effectively and maximize your ROI, you need to approach it as a system, not merely a torch-wielding robotic arm standing in for a human welder. Thinking about the flow of parts into the welding cell, how they’re fixtured and welded, and where they’re transferred next may present opportunities to boost efficiency, save space, or open up production bottlenecks.

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    How Collaborative Robots Impacted Automation

    Apr 16, 2020 2:57:46 PM / contributions by Mark Miller posted in Industrial Automation, Collaborative Robot, Cobot,

    Collaborative robots, sometimes called cobots, have had a major impact on automation in the past several years. Unlike the large, often dangerous machines dedicated to a single factory task, collaborative robots are generally lightweight, compact, and easy to program for a variety of jobs.

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    Don’t Buy a Lemon! Tips for Smart Runoff Testing of Automation Equipment

    Nov 12, 2019 11:53:52 AM / contributions by Mark Miller posted in Automation Projects,

    As a consumer you probably wouldn’t buy a car without test driving it. And you probably wouldn’t buy a new pair of shoes without first trying them on and walking or jogging in them at the store. You need proof a product meets your needs before you make a purchase, and the best way to do that is to test it under real-world conditions. It’s how you’ll discover a sluggish transmission or inadequate arch support or another deal breaker before you buy.

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    Wrestling with End-of-Arm Tooling Decisions? Here are Five Critical Considerations

    Oct 14, 2019 12:45:00 AM / contributions by Mark Miller posted in Robotics, Custom Automated Equipment,

    It seems obvious that a robotic arm can’t perform a specific task until an end-of-arm tool (EOAT), sometimes called an end effector, is added. It might seem as simple as buying a tool for the task, but it’s actually a complex decision with several interconnected factors to consider. These are the top five:

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    Signs Your Automation Vendor is Missing the Mark

    Sep 25, 2019 9:33:00 AM / contributions by Mark Miller

    If you’re like most small to midsize manufacturers investing in automation, you spent time at the very start of your project carefully choosing an automation integrator. That’s the best time to identify companies that are not a good fit in terms of budget, experience or specialization, even personality clashes or things outside everyone’s control like schedules that just won’t mesh. And as a result, hopefully your final choice will deliver a custom machine for you as planned. But what if things start to change once the project is underway?

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    How Building a Strong Internal Team Helps Your Automation Vendor

    Sep 17, 2019 2:03:25 PM / contributions by Mark Miller posted in Automation Projects,

    If you’re like most small to medium sized manufacturers, you spent, or plan to spend, a large amount of time and careful consideration choosing an automation integrator. Don’t neglect putting the same degree of thought into appointing a team from your company who will work with them. After all, you’re making a sizeable investment in a custom machine that your staff will rely on each day, so it makes sense to develop a partnership with the vendor as it’s being created.

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    Applications Engineer Stephen Layman Joins Force Design Team

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


    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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    Internship Program Basics: The Force Design Philosophy

    Aug 8, 2018 11:15:00 AM / contributions by Mark Miller posted in Internship Program,

    Core  value of Mentorship + Need for skilled employees = Birth of Internship program

    Since our beginning, Force Design employees have enjoyed a culture of teaching and learning. With just a handful of employees, open communication and information sharing was easy and necessary. As Force Design added team members, we continued to actively share knowledge and learn from each other. We saw the value of this trait and made the commitment to nurture it as we grew. Today, we recognize this trait as one of Force Design’s core values: Mentorship. Employees at all levels of experience, teach, and learn from each other.

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    Six Clues That Automation Could Transform Your Manufacturing Processes

    Jul 11, 2018 10:30:00 AM / contributions by Mark Miller posted in Custom Automated Equipment,

    How would you know if automation could ease some of your manufacturing frustrations? If you recognize any of the following six conditions, your processes could very likely benefit from a custom automation solution.

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