Category Archives: digital manufacturing

The Benefit of Predictive Maintenance in Manufacturing

Posted on December 12th, 2018
edge prep machine

By nature, the manufacturing industry works to maintain a tightly run organization. Floor managers know what can and should be accomplished in a shift based on the orders and product lines needed to run. Included in this is knowing when and how frequently a line can run, who can keep it running and how to prevent unexpected downtime to the best of everyone’s ability. How long and effectively a component will continue to run remains a question when it comes to keeping things on track, leaving maintenance of components an unknown. Over the years, the industry has tried several approaches from reactive maintenance, which promotes a “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” mentality to preventative maintenance that applies service at pre-determined intervals based on known failure rates. Reactive Maintenance Works until it no longer works Potential for unknown durations…

Robotics in Manufacturing is Changing the Playing Field

Posted on April 20th, 2017
robot loader

Automation has been getting a bad reputation recently. There are a lot of fears in the job market about America’s preparedness for handling the robotics revolution that is coming. It’s obvious this is where the manufacturing industry in the U.S. is headed. Our counterparts in Asia seem to have gotten it right, robotics is the future of manufacturing, and our factories will have to fall in line with this inevitability. The question is not when is this revolution coming, but how it will change the face of manufacturing forever. Read the signs and what you’ll see is that most manufacturing and additive manufacturing will be more design-based, more intelligent, and cheaper through the changes in automation. STEM Importance Market innovators and robotic engineers are pleading for further investment in robotics research. But there is a lot of push-back on this…