Matt Minner

4 Types of Robots Every Manufacturer Should Know

There is a lot of buzz these days in the manufacturing sector about robots — and how they can help manufacturers address some of the challenges they face in today’s market, such as increased productivity and the scarcity of skilled workers. But what exactly do analysts and automation experts mean when they use the word […]

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4 Ways Robots Deliver ROI to Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturers

Robots present a common conundrum for small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs). On the one hand, they can help smaller operations improve efficiencies and become more competitive within their industry. But are they worth the initial investment, time, resources, and risk to implement? According to the U.S. Census Bureau, SMMs (manufacturing organizations with under 500 employees) make […]

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5 Recommendations to Avoid Robotics Project Missteps

Every project manager has a checklist of aspects that he or she will watch out for before, during, and after the project.  Things like build a strong team, establish and agree upon objectives & deliverables up front, watch for scope creep, and validate results of project.  Taking that a step further, here are 5 recommendations […]

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Integrators Talk about Collaborative Robots: A Roundtable Discussion

Original Article: Jeff Burnstein, A3  Driven by the demands of labor shortages and costs, faster product cycles, and higher product mixes, the integration of cost-effective, flexible collaborative robots (or “cobots”) continues to grow by leaps and bounds. And while challenges remain, innovations by robot manufacturers and a fast-growing ecosystem of peripherals and integrators are helping […]

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Are you ready to implement robotics? Answer these 7 Questions First!

Implementing robotics in manufacturing can inject greater flexibility in product customization and increase productivity from the workforce. With simplification being a key trend in this field, robots are becoming smarter, faster, cheaper, and more accessible to a wide variety of SMM operations. Here are a series of questions to consider when determining if the time […]

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Industry 4.0 is all about data: TAKTL Case Study

Guest Blogger: Ben Bird – Director, Information Technology, TAKTL Industry 4.0 is all about data. Data collected from machines, operators, systems, robots, products, customers, and every other process along the value chain. The data is captured, analyzed, and studied, and then it teaches us something about the chain. The generated knowledge drives deliberate actions relative to product […]

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Automation and Robotics for SMM’s

Innovation and forward thinking have long been key drivers to success. Without the vision, willingness, or ability to tackle change, any number of companies have seen stagnation negatively impact the bottom line. With advanced manufacturing technologies arriving at an exceptional pace, and with these improvements becoming more and more accessible to Small & Medium Manufacturers […]

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