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Dean Elkins

Segment Leader, Material Handling at Yaskawa America, Inc. - Motoman Robotics Division

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Posted: 30/07/2018 21:38:04 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: 06/03/2018 21:36:49 by Dean Elkins
Topics: consumer products, Controls, Handling, packaging, Palletizing

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. Read More

Posted: 10/10/2016 17:12:45 by Dean Elkins
Topics: manufacturing, Production, ROI

At this year’s IMTS in Chicago, I had a number of discussions with manufacturers that were looking for ways to improve their manufacturing process.

  • Some were part of an industry experiencing stagnant growth, and they were looking to prepare for future growth opportunities.
  • Some were looking to address the cost of reworking parts so that they could maintain costs.
  • Others were investigating ways to increase production levels since their business is booming.
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Posted: 14/03/2016 18:03:23 by Dean Elkins
Topics: Controls, packaging, Programming

n 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. Read More

Posted: 17/12/2015 18:18:39 by Dean Elkins
Topics: manufacturing, Tips and Tools

Imagine you’ve decided to automate an application. You’ve chosen robotics to be the fulcrum, but you need a robotics integrator to help you reach your goal. Once you have researched whom to speak with, how do you compare these integrators? There are 4 "Cs” to sizing up any integrator; I define them as concept, cost, capabilities and capacity. Read More
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