Todd Stukenberg

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In with the New:  Technologies Improving Modern Manufacturing

Posted by Todd Stukenberg

Mar 29, 2019 5:02:00 PM

While the word “manufacturing” may conjure up the images of dark, cold factory floors of yesteryear for some, present day manufacturers are anything but staid.  Manufacturing in the 21st century has become one of the most progressive and in many cases technology-oriented industries in existence.

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Topics: contract manufacturing services, legacy manufacturing, outsourced manufacturing, lean, automation

Often Overlooked Keys to Cobot System Design for Machine Tending

Posted by Todd Stukenberg

Mar 22, 2019 5:01:00 PM

As cobots become more widely understood and utilized in machine tending operations, lots of focus and attention is rightfully placed on the cobot and the waypoints of the operation.  However, there are a few other aspects that can be missed among all of the excitement of “bringing the future” into a machining operation:

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Topics: cnc machining, machine shop, Cobots, automation

Overcoming the Challenge of Manufacturing Talent Recruitment

Posted by Todd Stukenberg

Mar 15, 2019 8:47:40 PM

With the growth in the US economy over the past few years, combined with the efforts to “on-shore” manufacturing back to the US demand for resources is high.  This current environment, with the lingering effects of the misperception that manufacturing is “20th Century”, makes hiring manufacturing talent challenging.

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Topics: contract manufacturing companies, contract manufacturing, outsourced manufacturing, hiring

Beyond the ‘Bot:  What Really Goes into Cobot Implementation?

Posted by Todd Stukenberg

Mar 8, 2019 4:58:00 PM

Cobots are taking the machining world by storm, with demand growing by more than 40% annually.  The futuristic Cobot “arm” is becoming more widely recognized, but what else really is needed to take a Cobot out of the box and into common applications like machine tending?

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Topics: cnc machining, machine shop, Cobots, automation

Introducing Fusion Cobotics:  Helping Machining Operations Improve Productivity!

Posted by Todd Stukenberg

Mar 1, 2019 5:01:00 PM

Fusion OEM, a leading manufacturing and machining services partner in the Chicagoland area, is branching out with the introduction of Fusion Cobotics.  The new venture officially “opened its doors” this year, with the expressed mission of helping the many CNC machining operators in Northern Illinois leverage the incredible technology of cobots.  Cobots are becoming much more common in a variety of production applications, and CNC machine tending is perfectly suited for the safe, reliable and flexible efficiency of the cobot.  Cobots differ from traditional industrial robots in that they incorporate onboard safety measures that allow them to be in place, side-by-side, with human counterparts.  In a machining environment, that means that the Cobot “worker” can work simultaneously in the same work center as a skilled machinist performing setup and checking part production.

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Topics: process improvement, cnc machining, Cobots, automation

It’s a Matter of Time:  Tips for Efficiency in Machining Operations

Posted by Todd Stukenberg

Feb 22, 2019 5:02:00 PM

Machining is a complex business.  While some operations have sharply focused specialties, most apply their expertise and technology in a wide range of applications and types of jobs.  As such, being efficient with varied jobs can be a challenge, but is paramount to ensure competitiveness.  Here are some concepts that can be applied across even the most disparate of work:

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Topics: lean culture, cnc machining, time management, machine shop, Cobots, automation

D.I.Y. or D.I.F.M?  Getting started with Cobots on your Manufacturing Floor

Posted by Todd Stukenberg

Feb 15, 2019 5:15:00 PM

 

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Topics: manufacturing services, cnc machining, engineering, Cobots, automation

Cobots and the Human Workforce:  Can they Coexist?

Posted by Todd Stukenberg

Feb 8, 2019 6:37:47 PM

As the topics of Artificial Intelligence, Automation, Machine Learning and Robots/Cobots gain more and more attention, so does the concern about how these technologies will affect the human workforce.  While speculation is wide and deep about potential negative impacts, there are some facts that really must be understood for a full perspective on this technological evolution.

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Topics: manufacturing in china, cnc machining, culture, machine shop, Cobots, automation

Manufacturing 2025:  How America is Back in Production

Posted by Todd Stukenberg

Jan 25, 2019 5:00:00 PM

It’s no secret that the United States’ once prominent and thriving manufacturing base has suffered over the past 4+ decades, as global competition eroded American competitive advantages.  However, as global standards of living have improved and thereby increased the cost of overseas manufacturing, American manufacturers have embraced technology to regain competitive position.  This adoption of automation, robots/cobotics, and data analytics have combined with manufacturing-friendly governmental policy to spark growth in the U.S. manufacturing sector.  So what are these technologies and what do they project for the manufacturing sector at the quarter century milestone of 2025?

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Topics: reshoring contract manufacturer, Asian contract manufacturing, contract manufacturing services, legacy manufacturing, lean manufacturing

The Cobots are Coming!  How Cobots are Expanding the Manufacturing Workforce

Posted by Todd Stukenberg

Jan 19, 2019 5:00:00 PM

Old science-fiction movies and even Saturday cartoons (The Jetsons, anyone?) used to portend of a future where nearly everything was done by a robot.  While the world hasn’t quite made the leap all the way there (yet), robots and artificial intelligence are definitely playing a bigger part in modern industry as well as ordinary day-to-day activity.  With these advances, concern has arisen in some areas that robots will eventually eliminate jobs and work, leading to perpetual unemployment for wide swaths of the population.  The reality, however, is that the opposite has proven to be reality. 

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Topics: cnc machining, virtual machines, Cobots, automation

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