Tag Archives: automation

Weld Inspection: Is Automated Better?

Yaskawa webinar touts robotic assist techniques, but we have questions A webinar on Tuesday hosted by Yaskawa prompted our consideration of a persistent question: is a new, highly-advertised automated process more effective than its predecessor? In this case, Yaskawa was touting its automated welding inspection applications. Hosted by Jeff Noruk of Servo-Robot, the manufacturer of […]

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Phil It Up: BDS Makes Two Acquisitions

Philadelphia-based bearings company acquirers two area repair ops and distributors Bearing & Drive Solutions (BDS) of the Philadelphia region, a familiar name in the world of industrial distribution since 1978, has acquired two more stalwarts in the industry: Philadelphia Ball and Roller Bearing (that of 400 N. 6th St. in Philadelphia) and Universal Motor Distributors, […]

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Fanuc Adds 5-Axis

Company’s CNC workforce platform now includes training option for skills gap FANUC’s CNC machining workforce development solution now includes a new training option addresses the manufacturing skills gap and the need for more advanced machine tool operators. To “further develop the next-gen manufacturing workforce,” FANUC America, the Rochester Hills, Mich., based branch of the Japanese […]

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Organizational Healing

CWIEME, IMTS, others provide options, analysis for tough times In a time of division and uncertainty, it’s easy enough to invoke phrases like “we’re all in this together” or “we stand united”…but let’s take a look at which organizational bodies are actually taking action with regards to the industries employing Electrical Apparatus readers, such as […]

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Three ways to automate a system by Kevin Jones

There are essentially three approaches to automating a system, according to Jason Markesino of Applied Manufacturing Technologies, depending on the extent to which you want to engage professional help with attendant expense: 1. Do it yourself. This is cheaper than going to a professional, but it can disrupt workflow. Also, you may not know as […]

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The Typical Life of a Robotic System

Automation 101 explained at Automate 2019 During a presentation at Automate 2019 called “Automation 101,” Jason Markesino of Applied Manufacturing Technologies described the nine phases in a robot’s life: 1. Specification. This is when the user determines what sort of robot is needed for a particular task. 2. Design. The choice of the type and […]

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Mississippi’s NAE Adds Automation Branch

Traditionally industrial markets are adding technological apps You might not see it, but it’s happening. Traditionally industrial-based companies are adding technological applications to their portfolios; even in overlooked markets. Take North American Electric, an electric motor distributor out of Hernando, Miss., that announced the launch of NAE Automation, LLC, on April 9. NAE, which operates […]

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ABB Shake-Up

CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer steps down suddenly; another example of industrial conglomerates in flux In the latest example of major industrial conglomerates experiencing flux with their corporate sides (see: GE, Siemens, Emerson) ABB announced the sudden resignation of CEO Ulrich Spiesshoffer on Wednesday. While being in the top position at ABB for six years, Spiesshofer was […]

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When Automate Spring

Every other year, all things robotic take over McCormick Place in Chicago Automate 2019 was in motion this week at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Despite a breath of spring brought to Chicago to start off the week, the show also ushered back in some autumn weather. No matter—the quintessential robotics and automation show—which runs alongside material […]

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Reaching the Summit

Student manufacturing summit breaks attendance record at IMTS ’18 The Smartforce Student Summit at the recent International Manufacturing Technology Show, held in Chicago Sept. 10-16, attracted a record number of attendees, according to the Association for Manufacturing Technology. “The growth that we’ve seen in registrations at the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2018 is a […]

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