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Rebuilding and Reshoring: Reshoring Initiative Mission & Resources

Rebuilding and Reshoring: Reshoring Initiative Mission & Resources

Category: Supply Chain Jun 1, 2021

Reshoring is gaining momentum throughout the country. Discover how the Reshoring Initiative is encouraging companies to bring advanced manufacturing jobs to the United States with resources that accurately assess a company’s total cost of offshoring. See how to shift collective thinking from “offshoring is cheaper” to “local reduces the total cost of ownership.” Gain tips to drive reshoring for your company.

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Rebuilding and Reshoring: Skilled Workforce, the First Priority - Part 1

Rebuilding and Reshoring: Skilled Workforce, the First Priority - Part 1

Category: Supply Chain Jun 1, 2021

A widening skills gap threatens to erode U.S. manufacturing competitiveness and thus our economy. A talent pipeline with a sufficient supply of properly aligned skills is imperative in meeting U.S. manufacturers’ needs for capacity, productivity and innovation. “Rebuilding and Reshoring: Skilled Workforce, the First Priority - Part 1” examines the manufacturing workforce skills gap and its impact on competitiveness and the U.S. economy.

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A Brief History of Automation Technology - 1

A Brief History of Automation Technology - 1

Category: Manufacturing Technology May 26, 2021

Automation technology used in industry has evolved from conveyor belts used since the late 19th century to automated material handling (AMH) systems that provide multiple types of movement and functionality to robotic arms, which continue to grow in use as prices come down and advanced end-of-arm tooling (EOAT) and sensors expand their functionality and intelligence.

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End of Arm Tooling for Robotic Arms - 2

End of Arm Tooling for Robotic Arms - 2

Category: Manufacturing Technology May 26, 2021

Recent advancements in end of arm tooling (EOAT) have made robotic arms increasingly useful throughout manufacturing. In this article, we review three of the most important types of EOAT: grippers, vision technology and sensors, and how they expand the functionality of robotic arms.

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Evolution of Robotics - 3

Evolution of Robotics - 3

Category: Manufacturing Technology May 26, 2021

The two categories of robots used in manufacturing are industrial grade robots and collaborative robots (cobots); adaptive robots were only introduced in 2019. This article looks at how each new generation of robots is more flexible and intelligent than its predecessor.

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Autonomous Mobile Robots - 4

Autonomous Mobile Robots - 4

Category: Manufacturing Technology May 26, 2021

From automated to autonomous, mobile robots have significantly evolved in the past decade due to advancements in sensors and big data processing. Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are slowly replacing automated guided vehicles (AGVs) in manufacturing and logistics operations due to their greater functionality and flexibility as well as their lower upfront investment cost. We examine their key differences in this article. 

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Programming Robots - 5

Programming Robots - 5

Category: Manufacturing Technology May 26, 2021

Programming is key to any robotic system because it is how instructions are communicated to the robot to make it function and carry out tasks. We review the three most common programming methods for industry robots: Teach pendants, offline programming or simulation, and lead through demonstration.

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Lights-Out Manufacturing or Processes? - 6

Lights-Out Manufacturing or Processes? - 6

Category: Manufacturing Technology May 26, 2021

Lights-out manufacturing is receiving a lot of press due to its promise of complete automation. The thinking is that if some automation is good, complete automation is even better! However, for most manufacturers, it is more realistic to think in terms of lights-out processes rather than all-encompassing lights-out manufacturing. In this article, we explore the challenges of lights-out manufacturing.

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Commercial Off-the-Shelf Software for Robotics - 7

Commercial Off-the-Shelf Software for Robotics - 7

Category: Manufacturing Technology May 26, 2021

In the past year, several new commercial off-the-shelf robotics applications have come to market to make programming and deploying cobots and robots much easier and faster, and they are designed for workers with very little to no programming experience. We take a look at four recent sets of software tools to provide a flavor of what’s out on the market right now.

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Rebuilding and Reshoring: How Competitive is U.S. Manufacturing?

Rebuilding and Reshoring: How Competitive is U.S. Manufacturing?

Category: Supply Chain May 13, 2021

Seventy percent of offshoring decisions are based on price. U.S. FOB (Free On Board) price averages 20% above developed countries and 40% above developing countries. Half of the gap would be closed if companies sourced based on Total Cost of Ownership instead of price, thereby recognizing relevant costs and risks amounting to 15 to 25% of price. The government must close the final gap by leveling the playing field. 

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Rebuilding and Reshoring: TCO, A Deeper Dive (Part 1)

Rebuilding and Reshoring: TCO, A Deeper Dive (Part 1)

Category: Supply Chain May 13, 2021

Localization, producing near suppliers and customers, often reduces total cost due to shorter supply chains and contributes to a lean and agile strategy. Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is the best way to recognize these savings instead of using less accurate measures like Free on Board price. Part one of this two-part series explains how using the TCO metric strategy can help companies uncover easily ignored hidden costs and risks, narrowing the apparent U.S. competitiveness gap

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Rebuilding and Reshoring: TCO, A Deeper Dive (Part 2)

Rebuilding and Reshoring: TCO, A Deeper Dive (Part 2)

Category: Supply Chain May 13, 2021

Get the details and learn how to effectively evaluate the true cost of domestic sourcing vs. offshore sourcing with the Total Cost of Ownership (TOC) Estimator. It’s helped 5,000 companies bring the manufacturing of parts and products back to the United States. Even gain tips for winning sales against offshore competitors.

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MTConnect Director Named Top Leader Transforming Manufacturing

MTConnect Director Named Top Leader Transforming Manufacturing

Category: Manufacturing Technology May 7, 2021

Did you ever know a famous person back when they had a mundane life? Like when Michelle Pfeiffer was studying to be a court reporter. Russ Waddell – who has spearheaded MTConnect®, the world’s first and most comprehensive, royalty-free data dictionary of common machine tool and equipment terms – was named a luminary by SME’s Smart Manufacturing magazine.

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Shows are Back!

Shows are Back!

Category: Events May 7, 2021

In April, two premier overseas industry shows took place with stricter health precautions including self-check-ins, wider aisles, and elbow bumps. McCormick Place is opening July 4. The Manufacturing Technology Series regional shows are scheduled for autumn 2021. Are these events signaling a robust era for manufacturing technology worldwide?

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 Could bans on phenol, isopropylated, phosphate impact you?

Could bans on phenol, isopropylated, phosphate impact you?

Category: Advocacy May 7, 2021

Do you, your customers, or supply chain use products that contain the chemical substance phenol, isopropylated, phosphate (3:1) (PIP (3:1))? Often found in components used in electronics, robotics, and manufacturing equipment for flame retardant purposes, PIP (3:1) processing and distribution may be prohibited in the USA by Sept. 4, 2021. Public comment is due to the EPA May 17. 

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Biden Introduces Infrastructure Plan

Biden Introduces Infrastructure Plan

Category: Advocacy Apr 13, 2021

Get details on the President’s new multi-trillion dollar plan to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure, which includes large investments in the manufacturing sector, worker training, and R&D. It also comes with a proposal to increases corporate taxes to pay for it. 

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Eliminating Inventory on the Water

Eliminating Inventory on the Water

Category: Supply Chain Apr 13, 2021

With more than 40 years of manufacturing technology experience, AMT Senior Advisor Dave Burns believes that dynamic digital manufacturing technologies form a framework for success. Here, he shares a true story of how 3D printing changed the supply game and freed up one million dollars of in Work-in-Progress.

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Toward Resilience: Supply Chains in a Post-Shock Era - Prospects For Recovery

Toward Resilience: Supply Chains in a Post-Shock Era - Prospects For Recovery

Category: Supply Chain Mar 30, 2021

While the timeline for economic recovery in the manufacturing industry is still unclear, industry leaders continue to look for strategic ways to ensure greater supply chain resiliency, make technology and other investments better positioned after the recovery, and take advantage of possible legislative support.

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ATI Sensor Goes to Mars!

ATI Sensor Goes to Mars!

Category: IMTS Network Mar 29, 2021

Engineers at ATI Industrial Automation are used to designing sensors for tough conditions, but nothing compares to Mars subzero surface temperatures and rugged terrain. The ATI Space-Rated Force/Torque sensor plays a key role in Perseverance’s efforts to gather samples from the Red Planet’s surface—a key element in NASA’s Mars Exploration Program.

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Inside Joe Gibbs Racing

Inside Joe Gibbs Racing

Category: IMTS Network Mar 29, 2021

Road Trippin’ with Steve visits Joe Gibbs Racing. It takes many steps to transition a race car from one race to the next. Customizing the body for a specific race or sponsor is just one, and vehicle wrapping techniques—applying a vinyl film instead of paint—dramatically simplifies this step at Joe Gibbs Racing.

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