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Buying a robot

Buying a robot
By establishing priorities before investing in robotics, fabricators and manufacturers are better positioned for success by Josh Leath, product manager welding, Motoman robotics division, Yaskawa America Inc.       For anyone who’s recently attended a trade show or talked to a neighboring fabricator, there is no denying the tremendous impact the growing industrial robot install base is Read full article >>

Manufacturing Industry Person of the Year

Manufacturing Industry Person of the Year
Esben Østergaard is young, forward-thinking and ambitious – just like the industry he’s revolutionizing by Abbe Miller, editor-in-chief       Each year, FAB Shop Magazine Direct has the honor of naming our Manufacturing Industry Person of the Year. And this year is no different. Well, mostly.   Every year, every month, basically every time you blink your eyes, the face of the Read full article >>

Championing robotics

Championing robotics
Successful robotic implementation can be achieved by assigning a robotic champion at the onset by Josh Leath, product manager for welding, Yaskawa America Inc., Motoman Robotics Division       With reshoring efforts and labor shortages, automation has become a natural next step for more and more companies. While automation implementation can be a fulfilling journey, it is often met with Read full article >>

Viva robotics!

Viva robotics!
Alfa Romeo’s new car, the Giulia, hits the road with the help of articulated robots by Valeria Serpi, global solutions development, Comau       Car and Driver gives Alfa Romeo’s Giulia an impressive 4.5 out of 5 stars, calling it an “emotional, hot-blooded Italian sedan.” The 280-hp rear-wheel drive car has an unassuming look, but with an athletic chassis and a turbocharged engine built to Read full article >>

Robot revolution

Robot revolution
A popular vacuum-cleaning robot clears a path for collaborative robots to make further inroads in industrial manufacturing settings by Abbe Miller, editor-in-chief       According to Million Insight, a global market research firm, the industrial robotics industry is slated to hit $40 billion by 2020. As manufacturers continue to look for reductions in operational costs, those numbers are Read full article >>

Phone home

Phone home
Automotive robots aren’t just getting smarter; they’re also becoming more talkative by Kip Hanson, senior editor       What if your car could email the dealership and tell the mechanic there might be a problem? Maybe there’s a metal shaving lodged in one of the engine bearings or perhaps the operating temperature has been a bit higher than it should be. The symptoms of looming auto failure Read full article >>

Tasked for greatness

Tasked for greatness
Collaborative robots deliver a fast return on investment for the production of firefighting equipment by Mette McCall, press contact, Universal Robots       CEO of Task Force Tips, Stewart McMillan, still remembers his father looking up at him with pen in hand saying, “Are you sure about this?” when the family-owned company bought their first CNC machine tool 40 years ago.   “It was a Read full article >>

Growing with Automation

Growing with Automation
A top-ranked shop has grown through the automation evolution, and has found a home for the early implementations of automation as well as the latest. Every step has been scrutinized and purchased with care. by Ed Huntress, Editor   With 300 tool capacity, an Amada EM-ZR punch press is capable of extended lights-out operation.     EVS Metal, a fab shop based in NJ that’s ranked highly in Read full article >>

Part 2: Creating a Manufacturing Cell for a Job Shop

November/December 2011Planning a cell for a product, quality control, schedulingBy Russ OlexaV.P., Associate Publisherfsmdirect.comandRene DeMouraV.P. BegneaudThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.In the second half of this article of designing a manufacturing cell for a job shop, we’ll review how to produce cell for a specific product, how to build QC into a cell and the importance of proper scheduling.

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