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Industrial Robotics Editorials

January 2020

Considerations When Expanding Outside the U.S.

POSTED: 01/15/2020

Succeeding in global markets requires significant time, energy and resources on the part of business owners and decision-makers. Here are the top 10 questions we encounter when a business is expanding globally Establishing a subsidiary outside the U.S. presents tremendous opportunities and benefits. Succeeding in global markets requires significant time, energy

5 Considerations for Finding the Right CPA

POSTED: 01/07/2020

Whether you are handling business or personal finances, having a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) as your advocate is priceless. The right CPA can help you and your business move toward financial success and uncover areas of financial improvement. Here are the top 5 considerations when finding the right CPA for

What’s the Best Reach for an Industrial Robot?

POSTED: 01/07/2020

  A robot’s “reach” will determine many other factors, e.g.: your workpiece size, the need for external axes, and more. But what’s the best reach for you? Let’s say that you’ve got a task you want to automate. You know that you want

Pick, purchase and program your first industrial robot

POSTED: 01/07/2020

Robots aren’t always given a favourable representation in pop culture. In Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), homicidal supercomputer HAL 9000 demonstrates how a robot could conspire against its human colleagues. Thankfully, industrial robots aren’t     quite as menacing. Here, Nigel Smith, managing director of TM Robotics, gives advice

December 2019

Be on the Lookout for R&D Tax Credit Changes

POSTED: 12/30/2019

As the end of another calendar year approaches many companies are beginning to shift their focus to year-end planning.  As the dust continues to settle on the changes implemented under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) most taxpayers have familiarized themselves with the new tax landscape.  However, there is

Maximizing the Tax Benefit of Charitable Giving

POSTED: 12/10/2019

With the tax law changes that became effective in 2018, the average person has potentially lost the benefit of their charitable contributions.  However, there are several very straightforward options that you may be able to take advantage of. Before discussing the options, let’s take a quick look at what has caused

Considering Expanding to Mexico? Learn the Impacts of Taxes and Personnel Expenses

POSTED: 12/03/2019

In our previous updates, we’ve reviewed two main types of taxes and related costs which may influence timing when expanding to Mexico.  These include: All the taxes related to the fixed assets needed for the operation Taxes which will be present in the day-to-day Mexican operations Let’s examine the taxes that are part

November 2019

Industry 4.0: It’s Not Just for Manufacturers!

POSTED: 11/25/2019

The term Industry 4.0 conjures up images of the high tech factories filled with connected robots performing work previously performed by people.  However, the technologies that are enabling this transformation are not just confined to the plant floor. They are being used throughout organizations to drive efficiency and improve operational

Doing Business in the US: Challenges and Experiences of European Companies

POSTED: 11/07/2019

European companies open branches in the United States for a host of reasons. For starters, the US gives these businesses a completely new base of customers; a chance to step out from the almost saturated European market and stand out from the crowd. Secondly, there are many government incentives in

October 2019

How Robotics & IoT Help Sustain Triple Bottom Line

POSTED: 10/30/2019

Sustainability in business has become a popular topic as companies increasingly recognize the need to have a firm grip on their triple bottom line – financial, social and environmental. Financial, social and environmental risks and opportunities abound in business, but creating an operations model that speaks directly to aspects of profits,

Beyond Price: Why Accessory Components are the Manufacturing Plant’s Unsung Heroes

POSTED: 10/29/2019

Price. When it comes to manufacturing application accessories, or more colloquially stigmatized as “commodity” goods – price is the gatekeeper. No matter what the value add or technology advantages a particular brand may be introducing to the market, those benefits fade to white noise with price as well as discount

What is angular resolution?

POSTED: 10/29/2019

What is angular resolution and what does it do?  This is a fairly straightforward question with a fairly simple answer.  Put simply the angular resolution is the angle (in degrees) between scan points for a safety laser scanner.  Think of a circle with 360 degrees, this is similar to a

ATEX Light Curtain for Paint Shop Applications

POSTED: 10/29/2019

The Leuze MLC520-EX2 safety light curtain is rated for Zone 2 and Zone 22 atmospheres which is approximately equivalent to the NFPA Class I Division II electrical rating or "Hazardous because flammable gases or vapors are present" but "only in abnormal conditions". This makes the advanced MLC520-EX2 light curtain a great

How Safe is your Safety Device?

POSTED: 10/29/2019

What can't your safety laser scanner do?

POSTED: 10/28/2019

Due to the large amount of safety laser scanners on the market, it is easy to get lost during the product selection process. There are many choices depending on application requirements; communication protocol, protective field range, safety resolution and many more. With all the available options this can make the


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