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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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    Robots are Spot-on for Resistance Welding in Automotive Applications

    Aug 18, 2020 10:00:00 AM / contributions by Seth Angle posted in Resistance Welding, Automation, Spot welding,


    Electric resistance welding, commonly called spot welding, is an excellent candidate for automation and robotics. It’s common in automotive and vehicle assembly for frames and body components, where the average vehicle can contain thousands of welds.

    As automation and robotic technology continue to evolve, spot welding can be done in ever-smaller physical spaces, integrated with other parts of the assembly process, and in proximity to human operators. The result is consistent, repeatable welding output in less time and with high levels of quality.

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    In Challenging Times, Automation Helps Manufacturers Stay Resilient

    Apr 7, 2020 2:27:36 PM / contributions by Seth Angle posted in Automation, Automation Equipment,

    According to recent survey by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), 53.1 percent of manufacturers anticipate a change in their operations due to the current COVID19 pandemic. You may already be experiencing changes to your business as you adjust to the financial impact, worker health and safety protections, supply chain disruptions, or decreases in new orders. At the same time, shortages of specific products including medical devices and protective equipment and related supplies means some manufacturers have new opportunities to expand production or make new items, if only temporarily.

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

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

    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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