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Industry : Rubber & Plastics

Robots, Jobs and Productivity in the Manufacturing Industry

POSTED: 07/05/2016

Industrial robotics is changing the U.S. manufacturing industry portrait The Association for Advancing Automation recently published a white paper discussing the impact of industrial robotics on productivity and employment in the manufacturing industry. We would like to share our thoughts about its main findings. Figure 1 below illustrates the evolution of robot shipments and employment

The 3 Biggest Challenges Facing the Supply Chain Industry

POSTED: 07/04/2016

For another year, MHI published its annual industry report that presents the major trends shaping the supply chain industry. We encourage anybody that has significant interest in this industry to read the report in its entirety. We went

How Using the Latest 3D Simulation Software for Vision Guided Robotic Applications Will Save You Time and Money

POSTED: 06/29/2016

Recent technological developments now make it possible to use 3D simulation software to test vision system algorithms. In a previous blog post , we described the various advantages of using 3D simulation to debug automated equipment

How Robotics Help Speed Up Delivery of CPG to Store Shelf

POSTED: 06/28/2016

There has always been a trip from factory floor to store shelf for GPG (consumer packaged goods), but now that trip is fraught with logistical challenges. We can thank many of the current difficulties in shipping on the changes taking place at

The Distribution Center: No Longer the Company’s Warehouse

POSTED: 06/27/2016

The warehouse has certainly changed. Even its name has changed. For most companies, it’s now called a distribution center. It was not long ago that companies would choose sprawling one-story buildings to house their wares, often for a season or two between manufacturing

Eric the Robot – Foreshadowing The Inevitable Future of Humans and Robots Living Harmoniously

POSTED: 06/01/2016

By: Terri Hawker, Director Product Management Listening to NPR the other day, a story about Eric, one of the first UK robots designed in the late 1920s, it amazes how far we have come in the area of robotics. Back in 1928, a couple guys were able to create a robot that could

Made in China 2025: Midea's Takeover Offer of Kuka Gives Insight Into China's Future Industrial Innovation Policies

POSTED: 05/24/2016

By: Jeffrey Hibbard, CEO KINGSTAR Made in China 2025: A Look Inside China’s Latest Industrial Innovation Policy Last week, China-based home appliance maker Midea made a profound statement with its 4.57 billion euros ($5.17 billion) takeover offer for German industrial robot maker Kuka, one of the world's biggest 4 robot suppliers. Without context, it seems

‘The DENSO Difference’: Small Assembly Robots, Unbeatable Value

POSTED: 11/03/2015

New Brochure Highlights the Win-Win Economics of DENSO Robots LONG BEACH, Calif. — DENSO Robotics, a global supplier of advanced robotic technology, knows firsthand what customers want in their assembly robots. Speed, accuracy, ease of operation, high reliability, low maintenance, durability and energy efficiency are all part what makes “The DENSO

Sustainable Packaging: The Trends for Consumer Goods Manufacturers

POSTED: 08/21/2015

Sustainable packaging is more than a trend, it is now a must! In a recent market assessment realized by PMMI, the most common issue mentioned by respondents was sustainable packaging. Some state that any type of non-sustainable packaging material will become obsolete in 5 to 10 years. Today, brand identity is

Industrial Automation: Q&A with Alex Bonaire

POSTED: 06/19/2015

Automation is becoming more and more common in the manufacturing sector as companies begin to understand its many benefits. In an interview with Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Alex Bonaire, the Robot Product Manager at Mitsubishi Electric, provided IMPO with some expert insight into the evolving world of industrial automation. Maura Falk: Could

Vision Guided Robotics Advances - Hardware

POSTED: 06/02/2015

Vision guided robotics – Technological advances that opened the door for vision guided robotics applications in factories – part 2 In part 1 published earlier, we illustrated the advances of vision guided robotics with the evolution of processing time and the development of algorithms and software for vision guided robotics applications.

Checklist for Success With Linear Motion Automation Devices for Robot Tracks, Gantry Robots, Vertical Robot Lifts

POSTED: 05/27/2015

Right-size it : What is the right size for the loads and speeds of your application? Too much machine is a waste. Too small is worse. Güdel Applications Engineers are available to help you get it just right.  Reach study : In some cases a smaller robot on a

Vision Guided Robotics Advances

POSTED: 05/25/2015

Vision guided robotics – Technological advances that opened the door for vision guided robotics applications in factories  Vision guided robotics has been used in factories since the 1990’s, but the technological developments of the recent years allowed various new possibilities. Those enabling technological advances are: Fast increase of computing power Decrease cost of

Plastics Processors Also Like Industrial Robots

POSTED: 04/29/2015

Industrial robots sales and orders are on an upward trend since the last recession. What is the situation in the plastics industry? The Robotics Industry Association (RIA) recently announced that 2014 was a record year for industrial robot orders, with an increase of 28% from 2013. The world statistics are not

How to Measure Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)?

POSTED: 04/17/2015

The “Overall Equipment Effectiveness” (OEE): a simple but effective way to measure the performance of production equipment. There are many ways to measure and evaluate the productivity of equipment or a line. One of them is called the “Overall Equipment Effectiveness” (OEE). It considers the availability of the equipment, its performance


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