While RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology has long ago entered into the consumer space — everything from smartphones to pets are loaded with data-laden tags — it’s had a more rocky experience in the industrial space. But that didn't stop Whirlpool from testing the technology, with re-writable surface tags, to display crucial information about a rack at-a-glance or display errors when something goes wrong.
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In short, an inert object is “activated” to supplement human limitations. It is not hard to see the analogy with IoT. Isn’t it, after all, about converting an everyday thing, heretofore lifeless, into something which can communicate and possibly work some kind of task, however minute, assigned to it?
Customers count on their injection molders for expert advice. “Tight tolerance” is a term that is often tossed around loosely in the industry—however, if tight tolerance is not done correctly, parts and products will underperform or possibly fail, resulting in customer dissatisfaction and a tooling and/or process overhaul.
ABB Robotics has recently introduced the IRB 6700 robot family, which is available in payloads from 150 to 300 kg, and reaches from 2.6 to 3.2 meters. They are designed for spot welding, material handling and machine tending.
Rockwell Automation today announced its intention to acquire Jacobs Automation, a developer of intelligent track motion control technology. The company will be integrated into Rockwell Automation’s Motion Business, with the acquisition expected to close in January 2014.
On today’s episode we are joined by Marc Braun, President of PCdata Inc, for a fascinating discussion where we take a look at the effect logistics automation is having on today’s manufacturers.
The Gibson Box Company has produced corrugated pallets, build-ups and other packaging products since 1999, but company president David Gibson would turn back the clock four years if he could. That is when Gibson first considered purchasing its recently acquired HAECO Engineered Gluing System (EGS).
Reaction Injection Molding (RIM) was invented in Germany in the 1970s, and made its way to America about 10 years later. Originally used for producing automotive components, RIM is a low-pressure, low-temperature process that uses urethane thermoset resins.
Any facet of aerospace, from production to the actual act of flying massive jets around the world, would appear, at face value, to be in direct opposition to sustainability, or being kind to the environment. And while that’s true to a degree, it would be ingenuous to state that there’s no concern for the environment among any of the wide array of companies involved in the aerospace industry.
Could 3-D printing, also called additive manufacturing, revolutionize the production industry to the same extent as Ford's assembly line? When Michelangelo was asked how he sculpted the famous David statue, he's reported to have simply replied, "I just chipped away everything that didn't look like David."
While Forest City Gear has the classic mix of longtime and newer employees, who all bring a variety of computer knowledge and machining skills to the job, this company has consistently sought the most advanced equipment on the market, as part of its “Excellence Without Exception” motto and its practical desire to stay ahead of the competition in the global gear market.
Mecco Marking & Traceability has released EtherMark/IP, which facilities the integration of Mecco laser and pot peen marking systems into factory automation networks over the Ethernet/IP protocol. The company says this integration scheme was developed to save manufacturers time and money by eliminating the need for custom programming of PLCs.
ATI Industrial Automation today has announced that it will break ground on a new manufacturing expansion on Friday, October 18. The company says demand for its end-effector products has led to the expansion, which will more than double its robotics tool manufacturing operations to 129,000 square feet. This investment will add more than 200 job in the future.
The lightweight design has both of the smaller SHL grinding and polishing machines mounted to a fixed-position WEISS TC220 rotary indexing table. The table rotates in 15-degree steps and swivels the machine a maximum of 90 degrees from the central axis.
Short term improvements in jobs or sales are like a sick person getting some medicine from the doctor and feeling better the next day. A very thorough examination of all of the vital signs might show that the patient actually has a debilitating disease that will eventually render the patient bedridden over time.
Whether launching a new product, improving a product, entering a new market, meeting customer demands, or responding to market or technology changes, manufacturers need the ability to swiftly adapt their products to satisfy new requirements or conditions.
It seems contrary to modern business practice not to have a sophisticated dashboard of business metrics to communicate and visualize the health of our organization. We especially like to observe that our process improvement programs and methods are paying off.
Unfortunately, because innovative ideas are ones no one else has, we can’t know for certain how successful those ideas will be. Likewise, because they are new and different, the development expense of innovative ideas is often high. The bottom line is that the risk of new and different ideas is great.
Autodesk yesterday announced the availability of its next-generation integrated computer-integrated manufacturing (CAM) solution, the Autodesk Inventor HSM Express. In the wake of an acquisition of HSMWorks, the company has worked to integrate that technology into its entire portfolio of desktop- and cloud-based design tools.
Successful metal fabrication companies are always on a mission to improve their lead times to cut down on operating costs and to increase customer satisfaction. Many managers may try to analyze what the company does or doesn’t need, or which of the available suppliers might be cheaper and/or faster, yet provide them with their company’s specific needs without sacrificing quality in their products.
Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Laserflex will expand its South Carolina operations by moving to a new, 63,000-square-foot building in Wellford, which will increase the company’s manufacturing space by 23,000 square feet. The expansion will allow Laserflex to add a range of new operations, including machining, paint and laser tube cutting.
IDSA is my favorite conference to attend because it’s not just people talking about good design; it’s filled with conversations about how design can transform lives. It’s a very powerful message, especially in today’s society of design-centric businesses.
We are constantly bombarded by the “fact” that we are overspending on social programs, which jeopardizes the wonderful future that our great grandchildren so richly deserve. Let’s get this straight, no one deserves anything. Every generation must earn its place.
With the success of the inaugural event in 2012, FABTECH Canada will be back in Toronto in 2014, more expansive than before. The only event of its kind in this country, FABTECH Canada brings the most relevant and important information on industry standards, new products and latest technologies to the Canadian market.
Automation standards have vastly improved industry-wide machine programming consistency and advanced open system architectures, so today’s users have better equipment and software choices. The expansion of automation into broader applications has spurred demand for smarter, more efficient drives, controls and software tools.
It has become a popular meme that “robots are destroying our jobs.” How else do we explain today’s persistent high unemployment? While scores of pundits and analysts have made this claim in the last couple of years, perhaps no one has done more to popularize this theory than MIT scholars Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, who argue workers are, “losing the race against the machine, a fact reflected in today’s employment statistics.”
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