Y-Blog

Posted: 12/14/2016 2:48:35 PM by Keith Vozel
Topics: Collaborative, manufacturing, New Technologies, ROI

When you’re staring down a dirty, tedious (or even dangerous) job, you know how good it feels to get it completed. The first time you do it – even the first few times – there’s a sense of accomplishment. Over time, these jobs can not only wear down workers but also keep them from higher value tasks in a plant.

This may come as a surprise given what we do for a living, but installing an industrial robot to take over grimy or monotonous work may not always be the answer. That’s because not all robots are equal.

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Posted: 12/5/2016 4:01:09 PM by Buddy Smith
Topics: Education and Training, manufacturing, Production, ROI

My master’s thesis dealt with job satisfaction in the workplace. At the time I wrote my thesis, I was working for a global manufacturer of aircraft parts. In the mid-1990s, I watched my employer go through massive layoffs, reducing its workforce by more than 60 percent in three years. Watching the turmoil made me aware of how important it is to consider people when dealing with shifting economics, production needs and skill gaps.There is no single best answer when evaluating your need for talent because every manufacturer’s situation, even when it appears similar, is unique. Take these situations for example. Read More

Posted: 11/8/2016 4:05:27 PM by Jennifer Katchmar
Topics: Arc Welding, Programming, Spot Welding, Trade Shows

Many manufacturers nationwide are having a difficult time finding quality welders. Based on U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, the American Welding Society (AWS) estimates a welder shortage of 372,000 in the U.S. by 2026. In order to stay in business and be competitive, forward-thinking companies are now looking into automating their processes. Read More

Posted: 10/26/2016 4:49:32 PM by Jennifer Katchmar
Topics: consumer products, packaging, Palletizing, Pick and Pack, Trade Shows

Yaskawa America, Inc. will soon be headed to Chicago, IL for Pack Expo International. In 2016, Pack Expo is the world’s largest processing and packaging industry show with more than 2,000 exhibiting companies and over 45,000 attendees. It will again be co-located with Pharma-Expo, which is the leading and dominant pharmaceutical event for comprehensive innovations. Read More

Posted: 10/10/2016 5:12:45 PM by Dean Elkins
Topics: manufacturing, Production, ROI

At this year’s IMTS in Chicago, I had a number of discussions with manufacturers that were looking for ways to improve their manufacturing process.

  • Some were part of an industry experiencing stagnant growth, and they were looking to prepare for future growth opportunities.
  • Some were looking to address the cost of reworking parts so that they could maintain costs.
  • Others were investigating ways to increase production levels since their business is booming.
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