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Dean Elkins

Dean Elkins
Dean Elkins is Segment Leader, Material Handling at Yaskawa America, Inc. – Motoman Robotics Division

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


From PLC Evolution to Packaging Programming Revolution

Posted by Dean Elkins on Mar 6, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Gone are the days of deploying robots for the sole purpose of dealing with hot, heavy and hazardous applications. From beginning to end, robots are now being used to perform primary, secondary and tertiary applications in the Food and Consumer Goods segment. While this uptick in robotic automation usage for material handling is greatly due to the availability of high-quality, affordable robots that offer increased reliability, there is a paradigm shift in the way robot programming happens today that is impacting the market, creating a packaging programming revolution.

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Topics: Handling, Palletizing, Packing, Consumer Products, Controls, Packaging


Speaking One Language is Better Than Two

Posted by Dean Elkins on Mar 14, 2016 5:00:31 AM

In a multi-cultural world with many spoken languages, it’s beneficial to know more than one. But if you’re working with robots inside a manufacturing facility, speaking only one language is better. The singular control concept makes it easier to implement automation and save on programming costs.

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Topics: Programming, Controls, Packaging


Robots: Packaged for Packaging

Posted by Dean Elkins on Aug 19, 2014 10:55:42 AM

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Topics: Consumer Products, Packaging


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