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Packaging an Innovative Light Source
By Ken Tumblison, President, Buckeye Shapeform, Columbus, OH
Boston Uplights owner Paul Therrien needed a spotlight that was light in weight, battery powered, and remotely controlled. He requested it from his suppliers, but soon realized such a light was unique and not available in the market. Rather than accept defeat, he saw an opportunity to market such ...
The Shift to Industrial Networks
By Members of the Technical Staff, Automation GT, Carlsbad, CA
Progression of the Internet and the growth of networked computing have impacted almost all business sectors and industries, some more than others. At the same time, this evolution in computing is revolutionizing the automation industry, or at least it will for Automation GT, a custom automation assembly ...
Custom Cables Handle Rugged VFD Cable Applications
By the staff of Northwire, Inc.
Leveraging more than 1200 total years of tenured expertise in the design and manufacture of custom technical solutions for demanding variable-frequency-drive (VFD) cable applications, Northwire, Inc. (NWI) is a company that has seen and solved some of the toughest challenges in industrial ...
Enhancing Solder, Stencil, and Assembly
By the staff of FCT Assembly
FCT Assembly, with headquarters in Greeley, CO, is an important manufacturer of lead-free and leaded solder products, superior quality stencils, and precision cut parts. The company consists of three divisions: FCT Solder, Fine Line Stencil, and A-Laser. With numerous facilities in the ...
Minimizing Final Cost By Utilizing Design For Manufacturing
Design for Manufacturing (DFM) is the buzz on many blogs and company priority lists. Provided here is an example of how communication and cooperation between component design engineers and circuit design engineers can result in optimum performance, quality, and cost savings for both.
Error-Proofing the Process
By the Staff of Schleuniger, Inc.
Located in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, at the heart of Toronto's industrial sector, lies Kelvin Technologies, a company with over 100 years of combined experience in electrical heating, controlling and sensing. Specializing in electrical heaters, microprocessor controls, temperature ...
Custom Building Projectors with 24-Hour Turnaround
By Christina Dube, Marketing Communications Manager, Kardex Remstar, LLC, Westbrook, ME
Christie is a global visual technologies company offering diverse solutions for business, entertainment, visual environments and medical industries. With over 100,000 projection systems installed worldwide, Christie technologies include solutions for cinema, large audience environments, control rooms ...
Tracking Components at The Sony UK Technology Centre
By Michael Bloor
Counting SMT components on reels can present a dilemma. Conventional counting systems are slow, error-prone and can even result in component losses and damage to the material being counted. They require far too much operator time and delay the availability of reels for further builds. They rely on ...
Saving Millions by Reducing Warranty Returns
By Alan Perkins, Qualmark, Denver, CO
Faced with slimmer profit margins in a shrinking economy, today's leaders of manufacturing businesses find themselves scrutinizing every aspect of their business model to find ways to shave costs. Profitability targets are getting harder and harder to attain, while ever-present threats ...
Falcon CNC a "Gem" for Inspecting Diamond Tools
Jeff Bronson, Metrology Sales and Marketing Manager, Vision Engineering, Inc.
Based in Mentor, Ohio, the Mastertech Diamond Products Company designs, manufactures and distributes a comprehensive range of high-quality cutting tools that are capable of undertaking the most challenging of machining applications. In addition to producing a wide variety of standard ...
How Kubota Keeps Parts Available for 20+ Years
By Christina Dube, Marketing Communications Manager, Kardex Remstar
Kubota Canada has been introducing groundbreaking tractor and utility vehicles for construction, commercial and residential use for 36 years. With an industry leading reputation for equipment that lasts, Kubota's parts promise is what keeps customers coming back.
Replenishing Horizontal and Vertical Carousels and VLMs
By Ed Romaine, Sapient Automation, Hatfield, PA
The benefits of automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS), Horizontal and Vertical Carousels and Vertical Lift Modules (VLMs) are improved throughput, more accurate picking, less operator strain and fatigue. The result is significant improvement in order picking and fulfillment ...
PCB Prototyping: Building a Relationship
By Nolan Johnson, CAD/EDA Manager, Sunstone Circuits, Mulino, OR
In a 2010 report, "Manufacturing Insecurity," High Road Strategies, a Virginia consultant, cites that US-based PCB manufacturers have shrunk by 74 percent since 2000. The widely-held belief is that the small, local-market PCB manufacturers were often the first to go. While the shrinking supply of ...
Ultrasonic Metal Welding Offers Important Advantages
By Melissa Alleman, Sonobond Ultrasonics, West Chester, PA
Ultrasonic metal welding is a solid-state welding process that uses localized high-frequency vibratory energy in conjunction with moderate clamping force. It does not require consumables — such as welding rods, fluxes, fillers, or solders — or special cleaning methods. This energy ...
Automation Optimizes Parts Inventory at M/D Totco
By Patrick Roberts
For M/D Totco, the need for more manufacturing space was critical. After 25 years in the same location its 250,000-ft.
and distribution facility in Cedar Park, Texas, it was running out of space. The leading supplier of control, instrumentation and well data systems for drilling ...
Anticipatory Maintenance Improves Order Picking Efficiency
By Ed Romaine, Sapient Automation, Hatfield, PA
Competing in today's rough-and-tumble global economy means that organizations of all kinds look for the most efficient way of operating. For many companies, this has led to installing automation that includes carousels and Vertical Lift Modules (VLMs) in their facilities. Today's automated ...
Tracking Product Manufacturing with Special Labeling
By Joal McAlister, Industrial Market Manager, Computype, St. Paul, MN
Manufacturing processes can be complex and have countless phases. In order to accurately and efficiently track a product, identification systems are necessary through many stages of production and assembly. Employing barcode labels is a key solution for tracking work in process on a manufacturing ...
Meeting Customer Requests for Precision Coating
By Bill Boyd, Equipment Program Manager, SCS, Indianapolis, IN
In order to stay relevant in the industry, innovative equipment product lines must be considered "living" things by their manufacturers. Meaning, manufacturers must be willing to listen to customer feedback and sponsor advancements on their systems accordingly. The best equipment manufacturers ...
Saving Space and Time with Vertical Storage and Retrieval Systems
By Ed Romaine
What is the value of unused space? It can have significant value for organizations that choose to take advantage of it in storage facilities.
Automated storage and retrieval systems, such as Vertical Carousels and Vertical Lift Modules (VLM) take advantage of unused overhead space to recover 60 to 85 percent of the floor space typically required by shelving and drawer systems.
Which RoHS Definition Do You Use? Why Are They Different?
By Stanley L. Bentley, P.E., Senior Technical Advisor, Divsys International, and David Fissell MBB, Principal, Global Lean Consulting
Picking the right RoHS definition should not be a problem, but it is. There are different definitions of RoHS Compliance, and not being crystal-clear with definitions can produce a major headache. Procuring printed circuit boards (PCBs) was relatively simple when all you had to do was throw a few ...
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