Category: Industrial Equipment

Introducing AGVs on the Shop Floor? Here is What You Need to Keep in Mind (Part 2)

This is the second of a 2-part series on the implementation of AGVs on the shop floor. Things to Consider When Planning the Introduction of an AGV System What to Automate? First, companies need to identify a candidate process to automate, the material flow paths within the process and the load to be transported automatically. …

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A MODEL IN THE MAKING – Virtual simulations of many-layered systems hold promise of taming complexity

Engineering complex systems involves unifying multiple disciplines, which often operate in silos and use a wide range of incompatible tools. Engineering for the Internet of Things (IoT) demands even more interconnections. Virtual prototyping with a model-based systems engineering (MBSE) approach – which uses integrated 3D digital simulations of all systems working together – promises relief. …

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CUSTOMIZE? NO, MODULARIZE! Mix-and-match modules yield more products with fewer parts at lower costs

Industrial buyers want equipment customized to meet their specific operational needs and requirements, but still demand competitive pricing. Modular product architectures are making it faster and more efficient to customize standard products for the mass market while avoiding the complexity and high costs traditionally associated with engineered-to-order processes. Minnesota-based mechanical test equipment manufacturer MTS Systems …

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Collaborative robots are making automation possible for SMEs (Part 2)

This is the second of a 2-part series addressing the impact of adopting collaborative robots in the SME manufacturing environment.  Previously, we saw that collaborative robots (cobots) were innovative robots that could collaborate with workers in a shared workspace, instead of being confined behind fences. We also discovered that they were a good fit for …

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INTEGRATED ORGANIZATIONS: Working as one improves industrial-equipment makers’ competitiveness

With increasingly sophisticated products, supply chains and customer expectations, industrial-equipment manufacturers are experiencing intense pressure to deliver. Compass spoke with Cambashi founder Mike Evans about strategies to manage the industry’s growing complexity. COMPASS:  What challenges are industrial-equipment makers facing? MIKE EVANS:  Machine builders must accelerate time-to-market of new machines while reducing costs and ensuring greater safety and reliability. They must also comply with strict standards and stringent regulations. Customers also demand that today’s machines do more than ever …

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