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

Virtual Computing for Lean Contract Manufacturers

Posted by Steve Milchuck

Sep 25, 2015 6:49:32 PM

Nowadays, contract manufacturers are striving to become a Lean Enterprise – applying Lean Thinking to all areas of the business. This is most apparent in the front office, where getting administrative employees focused on continuous improvement and the customers’ needs can boost profit margins and transform a company into a highly efficient operation. An area of the business that is frequently overlooked is Information Technology, or IT. At Fusion OEM, we have chosen to implement a server virtualization strategy to reduce costs, increase efficiency and optimize resources.

The benefits of this server visualization strategy are many. We use virtual machines, which are simulations of a computer system that run based on the structure and functions of a real or hypothetical computer. Virtual computing provides increased efficiency by allocating a computer's processes to a virtual environment, making the computer available for other processes. As a result, we achieve faster system speeds due to freeing up the system, memory and storage. In addition, we also realize the following benefits:

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Topics: lean office, virtual machines

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