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Industrial Robotics Editorials

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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

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

Choosing the Best Machine Vision Technique for Robot Guidance

POSTED: 09/12/2018

The use of machine vision for robot guidance offers new industrial operations possibilities, but also creates complex safety design challenges. This is because it is applied to machinery that operates with

5 Things You Need to Know About Motion Control Systems

POSTED: 09/12/2018

Motion control is an engineering technology that is highly utilized in the industrial sector. A motion control system is any system that entails the use of moving parts in a coordinated way. Most

What’s a PLC (Programmable Logic Controller)?

POSTED: 09/12/2018

A PLC (programmable logic controller) is a digital computer used for industrial automation to automate different electro-mechanical processes. It was introduced to eliminate issues such as high power consumption that arose from the use of relays to control manufacturing processes. It

All-in-One Real-Time Windows IPC Machine Controller

POSTED: 09/12/2018

Consolidate Robot & CNC Controllers with an All-in-One Real-Time Windows IPC for Machine Automation – Watch Video Now When it comes to machine automation, hardware costs and complexity add up fast. As your requirements expand, so does your ever-growing list of

AI In Food And Beverage Manufacturing

POSTED: 09/07/2018

When it comes to buzzwords, few raise as many eyebrows and roll as many eyes as Artificial Intelligence (AI). However, when it comes to food and beverage manufacturing AI, the impact of such technology on industrial processes becomes harder to ignore with each passing day. For the uninitiated, AI can be

Modern Manufacturing: Automation On The Factory Floor

POSTED: 08/31/2018

In the era of Industry 4.0, automation has been one of the most effective apparatuses driving efficiency for manufacturers. Leveraging automation and advanced technologies, like robotics and ERP solutions, are enabling even greater gains in productivity to be made each day. Modern Manufacturing Modern manufacturing’s goals can be summarized as an attempt to

Discover the Hidden Values of ZDT

POSTED: 08/22/2018

FANUC’s Zero Down Time (ZDT) product has a proven track record in the automotive industry by saving millions of dollars preventing unexpected downtime using its predictive analytics. Now, small to medium manufacturers are realizing there is much more to ZDT than downtime avoidance. In addition to reducing unexpected downtime, ZDT

How To Leverage The IIoT And ERP To Create A More Connected Enterprise

POSTED: 06/20/2018

The IIoT has flooded manufactures with information like never before with valuable data from every aspect of operations. However, having data is only part of the solution. You need to be able to make sense of that data in your possession. Experiencing only a portion of the bigger picture can

The Problem With “It’s Someone Else’s Problem”

POSTED: 06/01/2018

A concept coined by Douglas Adams in his famous science-fiction novel, The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, the Someone Else’s Problem (SEP) Field masks objects and concepts. According to Adams: An SEP is something we can’t see, or don’t see, or our brain doesn’t let us see, because we think that it’s

Winemakers And Agricultural Industries Leverage Robots and Machine Vision To Tackle Inefficient Processes

POSTED: 06/01/2018

With discrete and batch process manufacturers already taking full advantage of advancements in robotics and machine vision technology to improve operations, winemakers and agricultural industries are increasingly leveraging robots and machine vision to improve processes in the vineyard. Coupled with modern ERP systems, these manufacturers are better equipped to weather

US Manufacturing, Employment, And Wages Continue To Climb Amid Contentious Trade Tariffs

POSTED: 06/01/2018

Yesterday, the Whitehouse imposed anxiously anticipated tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, 25 percent and 10 percent respectively, originating from some of the US’ closest allies, including many European countries, Mexico, and Canada. Those affected countries were understandably incensed, with leadership around the world decrying the decision as thoughtless and


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