Category: Robotics

Replacing an Aging Electrical Control Boosts Safety, Reduces Costs 

Although electrical control panels are an integral component in automated equipment as they include a combination of electrical devices that distribute power to control the mechanical functions of industrial machinery, most facilities put them in place and then largely ignore them. This can be a dangerous and expensive oversite. Replacing an aging control panel with […]

Six Industries Expected to Thrive Thanks to Robotics 

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Over the next five years, robotics and automation are expected to account for 25% of all capital spending in industries around the globe, according to results from the 2022 McKinsey Global Industrial Robotics Survey. The reason? Executives in various industrial sectors understand the financial benefits and competitive edge to be gained by automating processes with […]

4 Automation Trends Food Packagers Should Consider for 2023 

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As the food and beverage consumption rate continues to grow – with total revenues in the food and beverage industry expected to grow from $1.95 billion in 2022 to $3.69 billion by 2027 in the U.S. – the food packaging industry will have to hustle to keep up with rising demand. But amidst labor shortages […]

Robot Demonstrations Help During the Selection Process

As industrial facilities struggle to meet throughput demand due to labor shortages and tight budgets that make it nearly impossible to invest in large expansion projects, it is fortunate that robotic automation is becoming more affordable and accessible because robots can help alleviate these challenges. For instance, robots can help increase capacity without expanding lines […]

Section 179 Provides Significant Tax Breaks on Equipment Purchases

Industrial facilities that are considering the purchase of automation, robotic or compressed air equipment should be aware of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Section 179 Tax Deduction as it encourages businesses to invest in themselves by permitting an immediate and significant tax break on qualifying purchases for the 2023 tax year.  Section 179 is […]

Proof-of-Concept Testing Eases Robotic Automation Project Risks

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Many industrial organizations are interested in improving efficiency, safety and productivity through the use of robotic automation but waffle on taking the first step. Understandably, the decision to invest in technology can be intimidating, especially when robots are new or unfamiliar to the facility and the project carries a significant capital investment.  Before making any […]

Robots and Workplace Safety 

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Industrial facilities can be a dangerous place for employees. In addition to the usual trips, slips and falls, fast-moving equipment and hazardous areas in manufacturing facilities present the potential for accidents and injuries. The use of robots can help improve the safety record of industrial workplaces by filling in for and safeguarding human employees in […]

Proper Machine Safeguards Prevent Injury & Save Money 

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Industrial presses, cutting and power tools and machines with rotating or fast-moving parts are accidents waiting to happen, yet a lack of proper machine guarding is one of the most cited Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violations each year. Safety precautions may be one of the best investments for an industrial facility, as they […]

The Biggest Trends in Manufacturing Automation for 2023 

In recent years, industries worldwide have seen the benefits of including automation in their manufacturing process. The demand for manufacturing automation will continue to rise. Advanced Safety Equipment  Employee safety will continue to be a priority. Advanced safety technology will be more widely available.  Smart helmets are among the safety equipment that will be more readily […]

Understanding the Safety Functions of Collaborative Robots

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As the use of collaborative robots continues to expand in industrial workplaces, humans are more frequently sharing space with cobots, as they’ve come to be nicknamed. While collaborative robots are considered “inherently safe” by design, there are understandably concerns regarding the safety of human operators working in close proximity to swift-moving industrial equipment. However, advances […]