Y-Blog

Posted: 1/28/2019 4:00:39 PM by Michael Castor
Topics: Handling, Machine Tending, Machine Vision

If you are in the machining business, the chances are pretty good that you’ve heard the adage, “if the machine isn’t running, you’re not making money.” While there is obviously more to keeping your business running, it’s true that your ability to make widgets for a customer relates directly to getting paid. Read More

Posted: 1/25/2019 4:11:12 PM by Jason Young
Topics: Arc Welding

The connection and interaction between an industrial robot, welding hardware and robot operator is made successful through a reliable and feature-rich weld interface. In recent years, industrial networking advancements have effectively shifted the market from using analog weld interfaces to digital weld interfaces. Read More

Posted: 11/27/2018 5:07:35 PM by Bob Graff
Topics: Education and Training

Next-generation robotics and manufacturing processes, inspired by Industry 4.0, are prompting the need for a higher level of readiness within the American workforce. Currently, two out of five Americans agree the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) worker shortage is severe1, influencing a shift toward a more dynamic approach to education to adequately fill 3.4 million manufacturing jobs by 2025—2 million of which may go unfilled due to talent unavailability2. So, what can be done to support the staffing needs of the future? Read More

Posted: 11/19/2018 5:47:48 PM by Chris Williams
Topics: Maintenance, Manufacturing, Tips and Tools

In the past, the words, “temporary factory shutdown” may have induced panic throughout an organization, but in today’s manufacturing landscape, this phrase is being heard more frequently. In fact, a “holiday shutdown” or “factory fortnight” – a scheduled break where company leaders close a production facility for a limited amount of time for activities like robot upgrades, preventive maintenance and process improvement – has become an annual event at many factories throughout the Americas Read More

Posted: 11/12/2018 5:57:42 PM by Jack Uhl
Topics: Handling, Palletizing

Palletizing can often be an afterthought when considering complete packaging line automation. In fact, it is not uncommon to see a company, especially with low-volume production, experience an uptick in production output based on primary and secondary robotic process automation alone. The major issue with this conservative approach is the unavoidable truth that successful implementation of robotic automation increases productivity, enabling businesses to thrive and grow. Read More
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