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(Left) Dave Fox, CIM Systems, and James Adams, Hitachi Powdered Metals. (Provided by ABB Robotics)

Hitachi Powdered Metals Embraces Robotic Automation, Boosts Volume 400 percent in Tight Labor Market

March 30, 2020
Hitachi Powdered Metals (USA) Inc. began a gradual investment in industrial robots at their Greensburg, Ind. plant in 2005, driven by the emergence of a tightening labor market and the opportunity to produce an extremely fragile product.
By Hitachi Powdered Metals (USA) Inc.
Robotic loading of CMMs is one method for automating metrology operations.

Automated Metrology in Manufacturing

March 26, 2020
Modern manufacturing is a data-driven endeavor. The sheer volume of data available to be collected and analyzed is staggering—and something that couldn’t have been envisioned even 20 years ago.
Ken Myers Solutions Manager Mitutoyo Sales Solutions
By Ken Myers Solutions Manager, Mitutoyo Sales Solutions
Large touch screens are the CNC interface of choice for new-generation machinists, like this example from Heidenhain.

Tips for Choosing a CNC

March 26, 2020
Like most of the digital architecture of manufacturing, computer numerical controllers (CNCs) have advanced rapidly in recent years, producing far more processing speed and implementing advanced algorithms, while at the same time offering simpler, more intuitive user interfaces.
Ed Sinkora
By Ed Sinkora Contributing Editor, SME Media
FastARC welding cells from Acieta are a good option for anyone new to robotics, according to the company.

Hey, Job Shops: Time to Automate!

March 25, 2020
Robots and job shops have not typically been talked about together. After all, everyone knows that automation is only suitable for high-volume production, and the typical mom-and-pop operation is anything but—its schedule filled with orders for high-mix, low-volume, and often highly complex work.
Manufacturing Management Software (MMS) from Fastems allows full visibility into manufacturing operations by providing a detailed overview of the entire production process.

The Promise of Next-Level Automation

March 24, 2020
Edge. Cloud. Digital twin. AI. AR. VR. Cobots. Once they were buzzwords. Now, they are becoming technical realities in mid- to large-scale manufacturing plants in North America.
By Bob Puhr Contributing Writer
David Troeter Vice President, Yaskawa Support Services at Yaskawa America, Inc. – Motoman Robotics Division

Keep the human element in mind when choosing robots

March 19, 2020
As advanced automation and digitization permeate the industrial landscape, tech-savvy companies are striving to create value-added products that foster growth for customers.
David Troeter Vice President, Yaskawa Support Services at Yaskawa America, Inc. – Motoman Robotics Division
By David Troeter Vice President, Yaskawa Support Services , Yaskawa America, Inc. – Motoman Robotics Division
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Expert Opinions

  • Dan Campbell

    What To Consider When Choosing Grippers

    April 9, 2019
    Automated manufacturing operations are finely tuned ecosystems in which all components must function in complete harmony. Grippers used to pick and place, orient and hold components or end products at various points along the production chain are key to this process.
    By Dan Campbell - Director of Product Management, DESTACO
  • Can Wearable Robotics Shrink the Worker Shortage?

    Can Wearable Robotics Shrink the Worker Shortage?

    February 5, 2019
    With a shortage of young workers willing and able to do today’s factory jobs, manufacturers are taking steps to retain the older workforce already punching in.
    By Ilene Wolff - Contributing Editor, SME Media
  • Alan Rooks
    Expert Opinion

    Walking the Talk at IMTS 2018

    October 10, 2018
    I just returned from IMTS in Chicago and my first thought was, “where will I be able to rack up all those bonus steps I got last week?” On the easiest day, I walked 7.9 miles, and I topped 10 miles on two other days. It’s easy to understand why.
    By Alan Rooks - Editor in Chief, Manufacturing Engineering

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