Weighing 55 pounds or less and designed to handle payloads of up to 22 pounds, these new lightweight robots from Universal Robots expand the possibility of robot application in industry.
Modular, skid-mounted process equipment—such as CIP systems, bio processors, blowers and dryers, and compressors and pumps—is increasingly common.
Automation can improve compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act.
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Companies should prepare for the trickle-down effect expected from regulatory bodies and insurance providers as a result of a formal international standard for managing assets.
Simpler is better. This rule of thumb for lean manufacturing applies equally well to quality control as it does to process monitoring and other aspects of production
Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) is being used with increasing frequency in the packaging industry. The reason for its popularity lies in the fact that the metric is easy to understand and relatively easy to apply. However, it is also easy to misuse. Here’s how to avoid doing so.
At The Automation Conference, Purdue’s Gary Bertoline explained the problems with a theoretically based higher-education system in the U.S., and gave solutions to bring it back in line with manufacturing’s needs.
The Safety Automation Builder tool from Rockwell Automation is designed to help guide manufacturers through the safety system design process.
The Supersight Solo computing platform, designed for industrial imaging applications, allows users to integrate a system host board with graphics processing units, FPGAs and frame grabbers in a single chassis.
Top project managers have two things going for them—a robust and repeatable process, and leadership skills that that are founded on good communication, integrity, and the ability to influence.
How do engineers and technicians get their ideas across and projects funded? Like it or not, they’ve got to learn how to sell.
The 4320, a WirelessHART valve automation solution, changes the economics of automating discrete valves and is an alternative to solenoids and limit switches.
For the most part, database issues are left the to IT department. But with the volume of production data typically residing in numerous databases in a manufacturing facility, engineers and operators need to be more aware of the databases that house their critical production information.
As manufacturers take steps to expand their workforces, many are finding that the skills they require now are different from those that were needed prior to the recession. In this environment, industrial products manufacturers need to develop talent strategies that not only address their most immediate workforce needs, but also plan for future growth.
System Builder assists customers in implementing precision locating systems to provide visibility into and unlock improvements in their operations.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Systems Integration Facility got a new regenerative 1 MVA AC + DC source system for grid simulation and testing.
Apriso offers free access to a manufacturing operations performance benchmarking tool for a limited time.
Candy Controls introduces manufacturing services for “custom” couplings within its extensive Coup-Link product group.
“Lean,” properly speaking, is not a program, a platform, a methodology or a one-time event. Lean is a way of life that seeks to add value and eliminate waste whether, in manufacturing or the office.
See why ConocoPhillips Alaska, Fori Automation, GOSS International and GT Advanced Technologies got the nod over hundreds of others.
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