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    Seth Angle

    Seth is the President of Force Design, Inc with over 20 years of experience in the industry. Although he has a background in mechanical engineering, he now specializes in business management, focusing on leadership and creating positive change.

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    Labor Shortages Due to COVID-19

    Jun 3, 2021 10:02:56 AM / contributions by Seth Angle posted in Automation, Manufacturing,

     

    As the country shifts toward normalcy with the COVID-19 pandemic waning, unemployment rates are declining. But business owners across the country face the challenge of finding enough workers to meet increasing demand.

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    New to Automation and Robotics? Here's 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid

    May 14, 2021 3:54:25 PM / contributions by Seth Angle posted in Robotics, Automation, Manufacturing, Automation Equipment, workplace culture,


    When you’re preparing for a first manufacturing automation project, it probably seems like there’s always more to learn about types of robots, end-of-arm-tools, how systems come together, and all the additional equipment that comes into play. Each new example you see can simultaneously provide inspiration and leave you with even more questions.

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    The Automation News Roundup for Spring 2021

    May 4, 2021 9:53:50 AM / contributions by Seth Angle

    Automation in manufacturing continues to grow and redefine the shop floor. Evolving at an ever-increasing pace, robotics, and automation, by some predictions, will assume 30% of the tasks in 60% of the industrial occupations over the next few decades. And with all the benefits of automation—including higher production, fewer errors, and increased safety—it’s not surprising that automation will handle more of the tasks previously assigned to human workers.

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    Integrating Automation into a Manual or Semi-Automated Process

    May 3, 2021 10:08:52 AM / contributions by Seth Angle posted in Automation Equipment,


    Automation helps streamline processes, eliminate some or all human intervention, and reduce mistakes. It allows for completing a designated task efficiently, accurately, and consistently.

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    Manufacturing Automation: Robotics Are Only Part Of The Story

    Mar 8, 2021 4:38:06 PM / contributions by Seth Angle posted in Robotics, Automation, Automation Equipment,


    Automation and robotics use specialized equipment to perform defined physical tasks, like packing products in boxes or spot welding
    metal frames. Sometimes we hear “automation” and think “robot.” With a range of payload and reach capacities, easy programming, articulated joints, and high speed, robots are a clear choice for applications requiring precise movements and repeatability. It’s no wonder they’re becoming more and more popular among manufacturers of all sizes, especially smaller, user-friendly collaborative robots.

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    Cost vs. Opportunity: What Are You Really Getting for Your Automation Investment?

    Feb 12, 2021 9:10:58 AM / contributions by Seth Angle posted in ROI, Automation, Automation Equipment, workplace culture,

    Companies always approach capital expenditures with great care, but especially now as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. While we think this is actually a good time to invest in automation, we understand it might feel risky in this time of uncertainty and changing markets.

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    What’s An Automation Integrator’s View of Cobots? Here's Our Top 7 Observations

    Feb 11, 2021 1:12:00 PM / contributions by Seth Angle posted in Collaborative Robot, Cobot,


    Collaborative robots are a major trend in the automation market, projected to grow by over 40 percent to $7,972 million by 2026. Does that make them the right automation solution for your business? Here are the things we urge manufacturers and industrial automation users to think about.

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    But Are They Safe? Our Guiding Principles for Robot Safety

    Feb 3, 2021 9:30:00 AM / contributions by Seth Angle posted in Robotics, Collaborative Robot, Safety,


    Robots are not new technology. However, they are showing up in new places all the time such as smaller manufacturing and machine shops, medical settings, warehouses for packaging and order picking, and maybe even your local coffee shop!

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    Workplace Culture in the Age of Manufacturing Automation: Part 2

    Jan 21, 2021 11:00:00 AM / contributions by Seth Angle posted in Automation, workplace culture,


    In Part 1, we looked at ways automation changes the tasks and work at a manufacturing facility. In this post, we'll discuss the human side. 

    Robotics and automation affect workplace culture in terms of how work is done but also how employees view their work and their value to the company. Most will be accepting of new equipment and procedures, some sooner and some later. If morale and workplace culture are positive, the changes go more smoothly.

    We think it’s worth putting some thought into how you introduce, train, and incorporate automation into your organization. Morale is highest when workers feel their concerns are heard, that they’re valued, and that the company wants them to succeed. After all, you can always replace or upgrade machines, but your employees are the heart of your business.

    Here are three things to keep in mind when automation equipment and people mix in the workplace:

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    Workplace Culture in the Age of Manufacturing Automation: Part 1

    Jan 13, 2021 1:54:00 PM / contributions by Seth Angle posted in Automation, workplace culture,


    Across industries, workplace culture is a hot topic. The culture at your own workplace might be “I know it when I see it” - hard to describe in specific terms but noticeable when it changes. Some ways to think of workplace culture are:

    • What it feels like to work somewhere
    • How the work environment affects each person’s ability to get their work done
    • The general organization of people and tasks
    • Employees’ camaraderie and sense of community or support

    Automation drives cultural changes in all aspects of work. In this post, we’ll talk about how automation affects culture in terms of the work that’s done: tasks and efficiencies as well as the overall approach to manufacturing. In part 2 of this blog, we look at how automation affects the human side of culture.

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