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Strategic Steps for Filling the Robotic Automation Skills Gap

Posted by Bob Graff on Nov 27, 2018 3:00:00 PM

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?

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Topics: Education and Training


Preparing for the “Holiday” Shutdown: Tips for Successful Robot Maintenance and Upgrades

Posted by Chris Williams on Nov 19, 2018 9:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Maintenance, Tips and Tools, Manufacturing


The Smart Solution to End-of-Line Palletizing

Posted by Jack Uhl on Nov 12, 2018 9:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Palletizing, Handling


Raise the Standard with Customer-Driven ArcWorld Solutions

Posted by Josh Leath on Nov 6, 2018 2:29:38 PM

For over twenty years, companies have realized the transformative results that the use of Yaskawa ArcWorld® workcells can provide. Groundbreaking innovations in automation and robotics have equipped these turnkey and customized solutions with robust capabilities that help deliver powerful performance for customers spanning diverse industries.

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Topics: Arc Welding, Manufacturing


Trend Setting Robotic Automation at FABTECH

Posted by Sarah Mellish on Oct 30, 2018 10:34:19 AM

The need to address labor shortages and time-to-market pressures is driving increased utilization of robotic automation. More affordable and capable robots are fueling a level of intensity within the manufacturing sector for buying robots, causing robotic automation growth to soar, especially for non-automotive related industries such as life sciences, plastics and metals1.

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Topics: Arc Welding, Spot Welding, Trade Shows, Handling, Machine Vision, Machine Tending, Collaborative, New Technologies


Knowing When Welding Sensors Make Sense

Posted by Josh Leath on Oct 10, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Since the revolutionary launch of welding robots over 40 years ago, innovation and process improvements have continued to permeate product development focused on customer needs. In the past, it was easy to program a robot to turn an arc on and weld a simple yet short seam with many different types of metal joints. However, not all components are created equal.

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Topics: Arc Welding, Tips and Tools


Packaging: It’s an Easy Decision

Posted by Michael Castor on Oct 2, 2018 8:47:55 AM

Come see how easy end-to-end packaging can be at the Yaskawa Motoman Pack Expo International booth (S-2373), October 14-17 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. Whether your application requirements call for picking, packing, end-of-line palletizing, container unloading or warehouse management, Yaskawa’s complete line of high-performance robots and technologies can optimize every stage of your operations.

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Topics: Trade Shows, Packaging


Additive Manufacturing: A New Driving Force

Posted by Sarah Mellish on Sep 20, 2018 11:30:00 AM

The adoption of motion control technology, robotics and power conversion are key drivers for today’s rapid growth of additive manufacturing. This non-traditional process of utilizing digital design data to create solid three-dimensional objects by fusing materials layer by layer from the bottom up (3D printing) is also contributing to the transformative results companies in diverse industries, such as aerospace, automotive, fashion, life sciences and consumer products are realizing today.

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Topics: Manufacturing, New Technologies, 3D printing, Additive Manufacturing


New Robots and Advanced Technology Introduced at IMTS

Posted by Sarah Mellish on Aug 20, 2018 11:00:00 AM

As markets continue to shift and customer demands get more sophisticated, it is imperative for companies to stay competitive. Dedicated to enabling our customers to achieve noticeable improvements in flexibility, productivity and quality through the development of revolutionary technologies for robotic automation, Yaskawa Motoman will feature the latest advanced solutions at the 2018 International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), September 10-15 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.

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Topics: Trade Shows, New Technologies, Machine Vision, Machine Tending, Collaborative, Assembly, Spot Welding, Arc Welding, Handling


Automate These 10 "Dirty" Industrial Jobs

Posted by Dean Elkins on Jul 30, 2018 10:00:00 AM

When it comes to employing a workforce for your company, job satisfaction and workplace safety are key factors for hiring, retention, profitability and overall company success. However, when jobs are dirty, dull or dangerous, hiring new workers or maintaining employee satisfaction and safety can be difficult to say the least.

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Topics: Die Cast, Forge, Press/Forming, Palletizing, Painting, Coating, Material Removal, Arc Welding, Spot Welding, Manufacturing, ROI


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