Automation in Action
Jul. 6, 2016 - German switch manufacturer Berker says it has “significantly reduced” its production costs and time for testing electrical component prototypes by using Stratasys 3D printed injection molds.
Jul. 4, 2016 - Global material handling and automation equipment supplier Simplimatic Automation recently integrated a custom robotic cell for a customer in Denmark, which includes three Fanuc robots, conveyor, and a customized 12-station indexing dial manufacturing system.
Jul. 4, 2016 - Hurom, a South Korean manufacturer of kitchen appliances, has selected Dassault Systèmes’ Accelerated Device industry solution to help standardize its business processes, operations and execution. With subsidiaries in China, India, Japan and the United States, Hurom recently added four new production facilities in China and Korea. With plans to increase its new product development, Hurom was seeking a  standardized approach to manage its business processes across all sites.
Jun. 27, 2016 - In today’s fast-paced, technology-centric workplace, CEOs, executives and managers struggle to find ways to increase and sustain high levels of productivity within their teams. It would seem that despite all of the ways in which technology supports increasing individual and team productivity (big data, real-time information gathering, human error reduction), trends demonstrate productivity is actually declining, not increasing. Sound familiar?
Jun. 27, 2016 - Laubscher Cheese Company was looking for a way to improve its product labelling and tracking capabilities. The Pennsylvania-based firm collects data directly from its packaging lines, tracks production runs, and uses production data to manage its business. To keep up with changing customer labelling and packaging demands, Laubscher wanted to upgrade its existing manual hand-written system. By introducing automation and advanced technology, Laubscher greatly increased its ability to track all its production items and monitor how much is being cut daily. The system Laubscher selected includes the Fairbanks Scales FB3000 instrument with LabelBank/DataBank Rapid Bar Code Labelling System, along with an industrial bar code printer, and a set of labels, which consist of a unit label, pallet label, and summary label. The system was programmed to its specific needs, and converted daily production totals from a time-consuming manual process to one that requires a simple click of a button on the computer, while offering sufficient information for all production needs.
Apr. 7, 2016 - Faurecia, an automotive equipment supplier, says it has implemented Kepware Technologies’ IoT Gateway for KEPServerEX to improve parts traceability throughout the entire manufacturing process — satisfying the needs of customers and internal stakeholders. With 330 sites including 30 R&D centres in 34 countries around the world, Faurecia is a global manufacturer of automotive seating, interior systems, automotive exteriors, and emissions control technologies.
Mar. 11, 2016 - Provided by FreePoint Technologies, the following text provides and outlines a summary of FreePoint’s recent research project, in collaboration with Fanshawe College and funding assistance from OCE and NSERC.
Dec. 16, 2015 - Located in the very heart of Canada’s Saskatchewan farm country in the small town of St. Brieux, is Bourgault Industries, which since 1974, has designed, manufactured and distributed farm equipment for seed planting and tillage. Recently, the company added 184,000 sq. ft. of production area to one of its several manufacturing facilities in St. Brieux. The main goal of the expansion was to consolidate its tillage product line into one manufacturing facility, and increase efficiency by reducing the handling and transporting of parts.
Dec. 2, 2015 - Earlier this year, Manufacturing AUTOMATION editor Alyssa Dalton visited Mellow Walk, a light industrial safety shoe manufacturer based in Toronto, Ont.
Oct. 30, 2015 - TAM Metal Products, a manufacturer dedicated to the production of metal products and mechanical assemblies primarily for the defence, aerospace and medical industries, says it has advanced its service capabilities by “performing demanding work more quickly and resource-efficiently” with the purchase of a Mitsubishi eX-S CO2 laser cutting machine.
Oct. 27, 2015 - In the last 10 years, when mentioning the word ‘drone’ in good company, it can either provoke strong opinions about their usefulness in society or harsh criticism regarding the industries and jobs these machines will no doubt affect. Regardless if one is for or against these nearly autonomous creations, drones are changing the world we live in on many different levels and doing so at a radical pace.
Oct. 13, 2015 - With 32 manufacturing facilities around the world, Porto, Portugal-based manufacturer Sodecia is a designer of highly automated assembly systems for the automotive industry. Sodecia strives to deliver higher performance and functionality while keeping cost under control, and has increased reliance on PC-based control technology in recent years.
Sep. 2, 2015 - Have you ever looked at a cruise ship, 18-wheeler, or wrought iron fence and wondered how it was made? Each of these modern masterpieces are crafted out of metal using advanced and precise machinery. Constructing ships, producing automobiles, and turning metal into artwork are all unique processes yet, they use similar cutting, assembly, and welding processes to achieve their final product. Special thanks to Messer Cutting Systems for sharing this interesting infographic!
Jun. 16, 2015 - Early predictions suggested that manufacturing would lag behind other industries in Cloud adoption by two to three years. This has not been the case. In fact, a 2013 KPMG survey revealed that 41 per cent of respondents are already using Cloud-enabled services in finance, accounting and financial management and 35 per cent of respondents are likely to adopt such services within the next 18 months. The primary driver of Cloud adoption was also thought to be Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and, in reality, speed, agility and risk mitigation have proven to be great motivations for Cloud investments.
May 20, 2015 - With a yo-yoing Canadian dollar and the lingering uncertainty of the industrial sector, the need for manufacturers to pursue innovation has never been more pertinent. These days, there is pressure for manufacturers to be innovative, stay innovative and, of course, stay cost-competitive. Hoping to help achieve that goal, a number of innovation centres have popped up across the country recently, boasting state-of-the-art equipment, technology and skilled support personnel for manufacturers.
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