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Industrial Robotics Editorials

October 2018

Virtual reality job trials for collaborative robots

POSTED: 10/30/2018

Robots seem a perfect match for many of the exacting, tedious, and repetitive jobs that occur on a construction site, and they can free up human workers to take on more complex tasks. However, introducing robots capable of nailing drywall or laying loads of brick can introduce unfamiliar dangers to

Steelworker Strike Averted With Tentative Agreement

POSTED: 10/16/2018

On Monday it was announced that a U.S. Steel and United Steelworkers Union deal has been reached as a “tentative agreement”. The consensus has helped to avoid a steelworker strike that would involve more than 14,000 steelworkers in tubular operations, domestic flat-rolled steel, and ore mining facilities throughout the eastern

September 2018

EDI And How It Benefits Businesses Of Every Size

POSTED: 09/25/2018

EDI, Electronic Data Interchange, is defined by the National Institute of Standards and Technology as, "the computer-to-computer interchange of strictly formatted messages that represent documents other than monetary instruments. EDI implies a sequence of messages between two parties, either of whom may serve as originator or recipient. The formatted data

Industry 4.0 is the 21st Century Global Battlefield - America Could Lose

POSTED: 09/25/2018

The U. S. economy drives the world and the dollar is the global currency.  Its free market economic system has been adopted globally as has its democratic system of government.  Our institutions of higher education are magnets drawing the best and brightest to our shores, many of whom have remained

Visit Encompass Solutions At Booth #33 For Georgia Manufacturing Summit 2018

POSTED: 09/25/2018

We’re excited to announce that Encompass Solutions will be exhibiting our consulting expertise, business services, and Epicor ERP solutions at the annual Georgia Manufacturing Summit 2018 on October 10th at the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta, Georgia. Join us for a day of learning, networking, and discovery into what the latest

Celebrate Manufacturing Day 2018

POSTED: 09/25/2018

If you haven’t heard of Manufacturing Day, the series of events is designed as a celebration of modern manufacturing and serves to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Talks, open houses, and guided tours of manufacturing facilities across the country take place on the first Friday in October. This year, Manufacturing

Considering Doing Business in Mexico

POSTED: 09/18/2018

It is not uncommon for US businesses, large and small, to unintentionally make decisions which impact the business for years to come. Before expanding to Mexico, companies should be aware of the following tax and financial statement considerations: 1. Permanent Establishment Even if a company does not have a physical presence

Estate Planning After Tax Reform

POSTED: 09/18/2018

As many are aware by now, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) that was passed into law this past December has had a significant impact on many different areas of tax law. Estate and transfer taxes are no exception. The major change that occurred in this area relates to the

Managing Your Net Working Capital

POSTED: 09/18/2018

When a business is considering selling there are many elements to be managed. One of the elements that should be closely monitored is called Net Working Capital (NWC). A unique issue related to NWC is that, if not properly managed in the years leading up to a sale, the seller

Pre-transaction Tax Structure Considerations for the Closely Held Business

POSTED: 09/18/2018

Business owners and entrepreneurs typically operate in a very fast paced environment and, as a result, can be unprepared for a transaction when the opportunity arises. If they face a potential transaction to raise capital, sell their business or acquire another company, they may not have had time to consider

August 2018 US Manufacturing Best Year-on-Year Growth Since 2012

POSTED: 09/17/2018

In August 2018 US manufacturing production rose for the third straight month, according to the Federal Reserve’s latest report entitled INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION AND CAPACITY UTILIZATION, and yielded the best year-on-year growth since 2012. August alone enjoyed a gain of 0.4 for industrial production while manufacturing output increased 0.2 percent thanks

ArcelorMittal Steelworkers To Vote On Strike Approval

POSTED: 09/14/2018

Following this week's announcement that US Steel workers voted in favor of strike approval, ArcelorMittal steelworkers across the region have mobilized in preparation for a strike authorization vote of their own. The vote will take place next week on Monday. Members will meet with USW leaders at the meetings, where they will receive

Mass Personalization Technology From Glass Manufacturer Owens-Illinois

POSTED: 09/12/2018

An innovative digital printing technology from the world’s largest glass manufacturer, Owens-Illinois (O-I), provides the application of mass personalization technology at industrial speed for beverage manufacturers. The technology is expected

Machine Automation Explained

POSTED: 09/12/2018

Generally, machine velocity and positioning systems are controlled using devices like linear actuators, hydraulic pumps or electric motors, such as a servo. However, motion control utilizes special technology systems comprised of electric actuators like ac/dc servo motors. A typical motion control system includes three

Understanding the Basics of PLCs

POSTED: 09/12/2018

PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers) are mainly used in industrial and commercial applications. Industries rely on a wide range of machines that are complex to operate. Every machine has parts that are operated by motors, pneumatics or hydraulic drive systems. Sensors are


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