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Futura Automation: Advanced Manufacturing and Machine Tending Advanced Manufacturing & Machine tending "Machine tending" is the process of automating the loading and unloading of industrial machine tools in a manufacturing plant, primarily using robot automation systems. While loading and unloading is the primary function of machine tending systems, the robot will often perform other valuable functions within the automation process.  This might include part [...] Read more

OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) is the gold standard for measuring manufacturing productivity. Simply put – it identifies the percentage of manufacturing time that is truly productive. An OEE score of 100% means you are manufacturing only Good Parts, as fast as possible, with no Stop Time. In the language of OEE that means 100% Quality (only Good Parts), 100% Performance (as fast […]

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One of the hottest, most important ideas in decades is the concept now known as Industry 4.0.  This is not a new concept, but is a continuation of the advancement of technology to support product manufacturing.  It demarcates one of those times when technology and society is beginning to intersect to change the way we […]

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Industry 4.0 is a name for the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies.  It is also know as the Smart Factory or “Lights-out Manufacturing”. It includes cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things, cloud computing[1[2][3][4] and cognitive computing.  Artificial Intelligence (AI) plays a large role in executing the smart factory as do industrial robots and autonomous mobile robots, which are […]

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Next week will bring us in the robotics and automation space two big international trade shows: Pack Expo Las Vegas and RoboBusiness 2017 in San Jose, CA.  I will be at both. I hope to see you at one or the other.  Pack Expo always delights with all the new ways to manufacture and package […]

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There have been several investor indexes created around the robotics market over the past 20 years.  I myself put together such an index in the 1990s which included Cognex, RVSI, Acuity, ABB, Fanuc, Adept and Yaskawa.  The problem with such indexes is the components were rarely a pure industrial robotics play (exception being Adept Technologies). […]

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Here is a great example of untended machine loading / unloading. Add a mobile vehicle to transport parts for machining from a storage area plus #FELIX IoT diagnostic and analytic services and we have a “lights out” totally automated manufacturing facility.

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