Y-Blog

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: 4/16/2018 3:12:52 PM by Steve Klopfenstein
Topics: Maintenance, Tips and Tools

Implementing a cutting-edge automation system can deliver exceptional speed and precision, leading to reduced cycle times, increased production volume, and less waste or rework. While the right combination of innovative solutions, tailored to exact application requirements, can deliver transformative results, there comes a time when parts become obsolete, machines break down or process needs change. Read More

Posted: 9/19/2016 5:17:46 PM by Doug Burnside
Topics: Maintenance, Tips and Tools

Like the veracity of the 3,000-mile oil change, some people view maintenance schedules with skepticism. Today’s synthetic oils can keep car engines running perfectly well and safely for up to and beyond 5,000 miles between oil changes, but the old 3,000-mile standard still lingers.

One-size-fits-all maintenance standards really don’t fit at all. In regards to capital equipment, some organizations take a run-to-failure approach; others are fastidious about not only the repair process but also preventive maintenance.

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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
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