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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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    Automation integrators go by many names. You may have heard them referred to as system, process, or even robot integrators—but each of these terms refers to the same thing. Automation integrators act as your organization's partner when it comes to all things automation. Partnership with an integrator means that adopting new technologies, learning to better leverage existing tools, and solving unique and complex problems can all be made easier and more efficient. 

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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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    A Tax Credit for Innovators – Do You Qualify?

    Oct 3, 2018 10:40:00 AM / by Seth Angle posted in Tax Credit, Research and Development,

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    The Research and Development Tax Credit was implemented in 1981 and in 2015 it became a permanent part of the US tax code when the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act was signed into law. Greg Knarr, writing in Industry Week, calls it “our government’s primary incentive to reward businesses for driving industry progress and for keeping technical jobs on U.S. shores.”

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    Observations from IMTS 2018: The Future is Here

    Sep 26, 2018 2:48:20 PM / by Seth Angle posted in Future of Manufacturing, Collaborative Robot, IMTS,

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    This year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show, September 10-15 in Chicago, was the largest yet, with 2,563 exhibiting companies and 129,415 people registered. We enjoyed this fun opportunity to talk with exhibitors, watch demonstrations, and learn about trends to watch in manufacturing and automation.

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