Y-Blog

Posted: 8/31/2017 6:42:53 PM by Zane Michael
Topics: Arc Welding, Automotive, manufacturing

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. Read More

Posted: 7/6/2017 6:51:33 PM by Keith Vozel
Topics: Automotive, Handling, manufacturing, Mobile Robots, New Technologies

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. Read More

Posted: 4/24/2017 10:07:23 PM by Jack Uhl
Topics: consumer products, Food & beverage, manufacturing, packaging

If you think of the food industry as a wheel, safety is the hub and its spokes are: production, cleanliness and labor. The rim tying these spokes together ought to be automation because it can directly improve each one. Here’s how:

Boosting Production...

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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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