Category: Automation

Future-Proofing Manufacturing Operations with Automation 

Manufacturers are faced with the constant struggle to increase efficiency, retain skilled labor and cut costs, while simultaneously planning for the future of the business. The good news is that adopting automation technologies now can help industrial facilities manage today and ensure success tomorrow by overcoming current and upcoming challenges.  Future-proofing, by definition, is the […]

8 Ways Custom Workstations Support Lean Initiatives

Previously just a thoughtless assortment of tables on the plant floor, workstations are now taking on a strategic role in industrial facilities as more studies find that well-designed, purpose-driven workstations can increase efficiency and support lean initiatives that aim to curtail waste in inventory, motion and labor hours. As a matter of fact, research has […]

The Importance of Automated Inspection Systems in Packaging Verification

Damaged or incorrect packaging results in unhappy customers and negative brand recognition in the least detrimental situations and product recalls and regulatory fines in the worst, making packaging verification extremely important in most industries, but especially critical in others, such as food and medical manufacturing, where damaged packaging or incorrect labeling can interfere with human […]

10 Impactful Benefits of Proper Safety Guarding

Industrial facilities are active places and host a variety of risks – from slips and falls to hazardous chemical use and storage to traveling forklifts to machinery with moving parts – that can injure or potentially kill employees. Accidents caused by these and other dangers can not only incapacitate workers, but they can also result […]

Advanced Scan Tunnels Boost the Performance of Package Handling Operations

Due to a lasting uptick in online shopping and home delivery, packaging facilities, warehouses, e-commerce businesses and distribution and fulfillment centers continue to feel pressure to boost efficiency and sort more packages each day while reducing costs and maintaining high levels of accuracy. Advances in scan tunnel technologies, such as the ability to quickly read […]

Automation Optimizes Medical Device Packaging and Palletizing

TM Robot solving a packaging issue and automating the packaging industry using gripper technology.

Just as in the manufacturing of medical devices, end-of-line packaging and palletizing of products intended for patient healthcare must also meet strict governmental regulations. At the same time, to remain competitive, packaging and palletizing of these sensitive products must be done efficiently and cost effectively. Fortunately, there are automated options available that not only boost […]

The Automated Flex Feeder System Advantages over Bowl Feeders

Faced with mounting pressure to improve efficiency, accuracy and quality, many manufacturers employ automated feeding systems to further boost throughput and reduce the burden on manual laborers. Automated feeding systems enhance productivity because they quickly separate bulk parts and place them in the proper orientation so they are consistently fed onto an assembly or production […]

The Next Wave: Industry 5.0 Encourages Human-Centric Automation

automation and smart manufacturing

By now most manufacturers are familiar with and, likely, active participants in Industry 4.0, which combines Internet of Things (IoT)-based technologies, automation and data analysis to squeeze every last drop of productivity from the factory. The next wave – the Fifth Industrial Revolution (Industry 5.0) – builds upon this foundation of sensors, automation and Big […]

Actuators: Creating Movement in Manufacturing

The factory floor in most manufacturing facilities is a very active place. From the front door to the back, there is likely a whirlwind of motion and movement as automated machinery transports, picks, cuts, stamps, assembles, processes, produces and packages products. While it may seem like all of this productivity is controlled with the touch […]

5 Conveyor Design Considerations for Maximum Efficiency

Conveyors serve as the circulatory system of most industrial facilities as their function is to move product through the facility for processing. In the same way that circulatory system diseases can wreak havoc on the human body, poorly designed conveying systems can create bottlenecks and waste within the manufacturing plant or warehouse. And, just as […]