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Posted: 7/20/2016 3:38:54 PM by Craig Rubenstein
Topics: Events, Laboratory Automation

Whether your laboratory processes one thousand specimens a day or one hundred thousand a day, you rely on your staff and equipment to quickly identify each specimen, to prepare each specimen for testing, to route to the proper department quickly and to maintain specimen status and traceability. At the show, attendees can learn about automated solutions that solve these laboratory workflow challenges in our booth #3143 during August 2 - 4 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. 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

Posted: 7/5/2016 4:12:30 PM by Bob Graff
Topics: Education and Training

We recently surveyed members of the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)to get a handle on the state of robotics education in America. In the course of four days, we heard back from nearly three hundred teachers, professors and administrators at universities, two-year colleges, technical schools and high schools. Here’s some of what we learned:  Sixty-two percent of those surveyed have a robotics education program in place, the remainder do not. Fifty-five percent of those with a program aim to enhance it. Read More

Posted: 5/23/2016 4:45:04 PM by Shawn Howard
Topics: Maintenance, Tips and Tools

Spring is a great time to think about planning a summer robot maintenance break. Smart maintenance isn’t just inspecting, cleaning and replacing robot parts. A savvy plant manager also uses maintenance time to optimize a robot’s programming, which means analyzing the robot’s programming. I hear two arguments against asking for expert help with robot maintenance and optimization. First, managers will say, “Spending an extra two hours to make a robot run better isn’t worth it; we don’t have time to shut down the cell.” Second, managers often say, “We have technicians to perform maintenance. They can handle it.” In reply to the first argument, optimizing a robot’s programming leads to increased throughput.  Read More

Posted: 4/25/2016 5:55:44 PM by Zane Michael
Topics: manufacturing, Tips and Tools

Two hundred forty minutes could save you $240,000 or more on your manufacturing process, but unlike those GEICO® commercials, not everybody knows that. Some of the companies that are in the know, however, say it’s because they agreed to a plant audit. A plant audit is a when a perceptive supplier visits your factory to meet with your production team, listen to your production supervisors and study how you are manufacturing piece parts. The process takes about four hours or roughly half a day, but the payoff can be more than worth it. Read More
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