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Roger Christian

Division Leader, New Business Development at Yaskawa America, Inc.– Motoman Robotics Division

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Posted: 2/25/2019 8:55:41 PM by Roger Christian
Topics: Assembly, Custom EOAT, Manufacturing, Supply Chain

Robot systems are most profitable for facilities that produce a high mix of pallet types at a high volume, or over multiple shifts. Systems can assemble about one pallet per minute (480 per shift). Fixed machinery still makes the most sense when producing high volumes of the same pallet type and size. The biggest ROI benefits come from the robotic system's ability to produce a variety of pallet types with minimal down time due to changeover. Read More

Posted: 8/16/2016 7:32:39 PM by Roger Christian
Topics: Manufacturing, New Technologies

t’s been said taking something apart is easier than putting it together. If you’re in business to dismantle and recycle wood pallets, you might say otherwise. Taking apart (or dismantling) wooden pallets is dangerous, deafening and draining for employees. The work in pallet recycling plants is largely manual labor, and it’s always challenging to recruit and retain staff for a job that has people in constant contact with band saws, debris and vibration. Yet, the job is critical because the pallet, literally and figuratively, supports the nation’s supply chain. Read More

Posted: 7/12/2016 3:44:40 PM by Roger Christian
Topics: manufacturing, Material Removal, New Technologies

Some technologies are loved. For other technologies, there’s no love lost. Like your cable provider, waterjet cutting fills a need, but it’s an uneasy (if long-standing) alliance. Since the 1990s, top automotive interior trimmers have relied on waterjet cutting to remove flash from instrument panels, carpets and headliners. However, our surveys show many trimmers would be happy to do without the energy consumption, noise and occasional product mishap that comes from relying on a laser-like stream of water compressed to 40,000 psi for cutting and trimming. Read More
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