23Feb

FANUC ZDT (ZERO DOWN TIME) AND IIOT

FANUC ZDT (Zero Down Time) and IIoT The Fourth Industrial Revolution (or Industry 4.0) is the ongoing automation of traditional manufacturing and industrial practices, using modern smart technology. Large-scale machine-to-machine communication (M2M) and the internet of things (IoT) are integrated for increased automation, improved communication and self-monitoring, and production of smart machines that can analyze...
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17Feb

WHY TIRE COMPANIES SEEK OEM BUSINESS

Why Tire Companies Seek OEM Business Supplying tires to the automakers has long been a part of tire companies’ strategy.  There is prestige in being fitting to new and exciting vehicles and stability in the long production runs OEM’s demand.  When it is time to replace these tires many owners will select the same brand...
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28Jan

ROBOT PROGRAMMING STANDARDS

Robot Programming Standards We are exposed to the benefits of Standards in everyday life.  Consider traffic signals, how would we navigate the roads without everyone understanding the colors of a traffic light.  In Robotics there is nascent effort to create a standard programming language.  Currently each robot manufacturer uses a proprietary software language.  Large customers...
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19Jan

TOP-DOWN AND BOTTOM-UP APPROACHES TO IMPLEMENT ROBOTICS

Top-down and Bottom-up Approaches to Implement Robotics In the November 2020 MIT research brief 15: “The State of Industrial Robotics” I was introduced to the top-down versus the bottom-up approaches to implementing robotics. Top down refers to specifying a robotic cell largely by a corporate engineering entity, while bottom-up promotes gaining insights from the operators...
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12Jan

THE SECRET TO GROWTH

The Secret to Growth  As a leader, we are always thinking about growing our business. We need to be spending our precious time on the most important things, but how can you do that? The good (or bad) news is that there are only three ways: look at the tasks you are doing and ELIMINATE, DELEGATE, or AUTOMATE.   Eliminate – Are you...
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07Jan

ROBOT PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE

Robot Preventative Maintenance Industrial robots are designed to withstand harsh environments, often running around the clock, and expected to operate flawlessly. When properly maintained FANUC robots can last years, or decades… yes, decades! Typical life expectancy ranges from 80,000 – 100,000 hours, but not limited to. Preventative maintenance and service is paramount for optimal life expectancy. These...
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