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    What Goes into Designing Custom Automation Equipment?

    Sep 22, 2021 10:29:00 AM / contributions by Seth Angle posted in Automation Equipment, Custom Automated Equipment, Automation integrator,

     

    Custom-designed automation equipment From a solitary stand-alone welding station to a fully integrated assembly, inspection, and packaging line that fills an entire facility, to many points in between, custom automation is designed to meet specific goals unique to each manufacturer. For this reason, it’s essential to partner with an automation integrator who understands your needs and can guide you through various options to a system that is right for you.

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    5 Ways Manufacturing Automation Benefits Your Business

    Sep 15, 2021 10:04:00 AM / contributions by Seth Angle posted in Manufacturing, Automation Equipment,

     

    Manufacturing automation plays an essential role in various industrial processes. By installing robotic and other automated systems in place of, or to assist, human workers, businesses can  increase production, ensure quality, and substantially reduce the risk of mistakes and injuries.

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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,

     

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    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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    Integrating Automation into a Manual or Semi-Automated Process

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


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    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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    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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    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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    Flexible Manufacturing Automation: The Case for “Cross Training” Your Equipment

    Jul 16, 2019 9:06:00 AM / contributions by Seth Angle posted in Automation Equipment,

    Even if you don’t work in the HR world, you’ve probably heard of cross training employees. This method of teaching workers to do more than one job equips them with multiple skill sets and increases their value to their team, allowing them to fill in or provide reinforcement on an as-needed basis. It’s seen in settings as diverse as the corner coffee shop or a municipal public safety department. When employees can perform their own job as well as the key skills for other positions, it adds a level of flexibility that improves response time and productivity. What you might not know is there are similar benefits in applying this approach to automation equipment in manufacturing.

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