Y-Blog

Posted: 3/23/2021 3:25:00 PM by Sarah Mellish
Topics: Manufacturing, ROI

With market demands more pressing than ever, the “throughput struggle” is real. To increase productivity and strive for 100% effectiveness, many manufacturers are placing greater focus on Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) to measure the efficiency of individual machines, automated workcells, production lines, and even entire factories.
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Posted: 7/30/2018 9:38:04 PM by Dean Elkins
Topics: Arc Welding, manufacturing, Material Removal, Painting, Palletizing, ROI, Spot Welding

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. Read More

Posted: 1/23/2018 4:00:00 PM by Zane Michael
Topics: Arc Welding, ROI, Tips and Tools

Historically, the prevailing thought has been that robotic welding systems can’t handle the diversity of tasks required for difficult weldments, but technology has changed. From improved welding process capabilities to enhanced laser sensing and technologies, advanced robotic welding solutions are making it easier for manufacturers to tackle the most difficult, dangerous and dirty tasks. 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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Posted: 12/5/2016 4:01:09 PM by Buddy Smith
Topics: Education and Training, manufacturing, Production, ROI

My master’s thesis dealt with job satisfaction in the workplace. At the time I wrote my thesis, I was working for a global manufacturer of aircraft parts. In the mid-1990s, I watched my employer go through massive layoffs, reducing its workforce by more than 60 percent in three years. Watching the turmoil made me aware of how important it is to consider people when dealing with shifting economics, production needs and skill gaps.There is no single best answer when evaluating your need for talent because every manufacturer’s situation, even when it appears similar, is unique. Take these situations for example. Read More
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