Y-Blog

Posted: 1/25/2017 2:30:15 PM by Chris Anderson
Topics: Arc Welding, Automotive, manufacturing, Tips and Tools

Manufacturers of over-the-road vehicles (also referred to as OTR or long-haul trucks), and to a lesser degree car manufacturers, are improving fuel economy and reducing the weight of their vehicles with aluminum. Assembling frames, trailers and other components made of aluminum requires welding, and there are important differences between robotically welding steel components versus those made of aluminum. Read More

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: 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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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
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