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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


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


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


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


Maximizing Your Productive Welding Space

Posted by Chris Anderson on Jul 24, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Designed on the principles of lean manufacturing to reduce waste and improve workflow, robotic arc welding workcells can provide accuracy, reliability, versatility and speed for many industrial applications spanning diverse industries. While some manufacturers would argue the most efficient robotic workcell on the market is the one with the smallest footprint, there are other factors to consider. Which leads us to the question: what is the most efficient use of valuable floorspace?

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Topics: Arc Welding, ROI, Automotive, Manufacturing


The Impact of Human-Robot Collaboration on Distributed Manufacturing Systems

Posted by Bernardo Mendez on Mar 26, 2018 2:30:48 PM

Automation Technology Expo West

The dynamics of the robot industry are changing. New entrants and customer types are expanding the market, and new applications, such as collaborative robot palletizing, are creating new opportunities. Last month at the Automation Technology Expo (ATX) West in Anaheim, California, I had the chance to experience a recent collection of design and manufacturing technologies. From custom automation and assembly to control software, an array of valuable information was presented to nearly 20,000 attendees from 2,200 solution providers over a three-day period.

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Topics: Collaborative, Production, Manufacturing, Assembly, Supply Chain, New Technologies


6 Ways to Fine-Tune the Spray Application Process

Posted by Peter Goike on Mar 16, 2018 3:18:25 PM

Manufacturers today need to be confident in their capabilities to produce better quality products in the safest environment possible, while managing to save on costs. This assurance can be especially difficult to come by when the product assembly process includes manual painting, coating or other chemical application. However, fine-tuning the spraying process via industrial robotic automation offers key benefits that can help manufacturers thrive.

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Topics: Painting, Dispensing, Manufacturing, Automotive


Weld Inspection for Safety Critical Assemblies

Posted by Chris Anderson on Nov 2, 2017 10:44:27 AM

The stakes are high for manufacturers producing automotive parts. Automobile drivers and passengers rely on weld quality to hold up under the conditions for which it was designed. One uncaught mistake during the fabrication process could leave a business vulnerable or worse, especially when the part in question is “safety critical” to an assembly.

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Topics: Arc Welding, Quality, Automotive, Manufacturing, Tips and Tools


WeldCast: Aluminum Welding from A to Z

Posted by Zane Michael on Aug 31, 2017 8:26:41 AM

As manufacturers transition to aluminum parts to meet customer demand, many of the old welding tricks that work with steel go straight out the window. Being successful with aluminum means using new techniques that maintain quality and control material costs.

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Topics: Arc Welding, Automotive, Manufacturing


Lights-Out Manufacturing with Mobile Manipulation: HIROTEC Case Study

Posted by OTTO Motors on Jul 6, 2017 10:00:00 AM

How do you improve throughput and productivity in an environment that is already operating lean? HIROTEC AMERICA asked the same question after spending three decades focused on the K2 philosophy of working towards continuous improvements (kaizen) and revolutionary changes in technology and process (kaikaku). Taking a deep look at their internal processes, they were able to pinpoint specific tasks within the plant that yielded inefficiencies. By smashing conventional thinking, they were able to use advanced technologies including a self-driving vehicle and a manipulator to drastically improve production and efficiency, and work toward their goal of lights-out manufacturing.

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Topics: Mobile Robotics, New Technologies, Manufacturing, Handling, Automotive


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