Robot User Conference (RUC) 2019 Recap

    Posted by Craig Zoberis

    Sep 9, 2019 9:56:00 AM

    I attended the RUC 2019 show in Quebec last week and what an amazing show it was! I had the privilege of speaking on a panel where we discussed Cobot Stories From Factories. We dove into starting small and not over complicating cobots, looking beyond ROI, and standardizing cobot setups.

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    Topics: Cobots, automation, Universal Robots, Cobotics, Craig Zoberis, RUC2019, grippers, Jeffrey Werner, Jarek Hyjek, Jean-Philippe Jobin, Alexandre Paré, Casper Hansen, factory stories, machine tending, fusion cobotics, Carlos Han, Eric Pourtau, Silas Robertson, robotiq news

    Bringing Back the 40-Hour Workweek with Cobots

    Posted by Craig Zoberis

    Sep 3, 2019 1:56:00 PM

    Time is the most critical commodity everyone has, and we all know there’s only 24 hours in a day to fit everything in. So how do you manage life outside of work if you’re working 55 hours a week, and is that extra time put in truly productive time spent at work?

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    Topics: Wellness, process improvement, cnc machining, time management, risk management, Cobots, Universal Robots, Cobotics, Craig Zoberis, Fusion, Fusion OEM, employee hours, 40-hour workweek, work life balance, cobots in action, overtime

    Cobots Working "Hand" in Hand with Humans

    Posted by Craig Zoberis

    Aug 29, 2019 6:57:00 PM

    With the growing need for manufacturing jobs to be filled, the cobotic industry is growing exponentially to fill the gap, as well as empowering employees to do more cerebral vs. monotonous tasks. The goal is to replace the least desirable and most time-consuming parts of the job with a solution that streamlines processes.

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    Topics: Cobots, automation, Cobotics, Craig Zoberis, Fusion, Fusion OEM

    Announcing Our Cobot Video Series from Fusion/IMEC's Open House Event

    Posted by Craig Zoberis

    Aug 20, 2019 6:57:00 PM

    We opened our facilities in Burr Ridge for an open house event last month co-hosted by IMEC. The event focused on Solving the Manufacturing Labor Challenge. Presenters took to a variety of topics around cobots along with tours of our machine shop, and a mini-trade show. There are 6 total videos you can watch in the series. Subscribe to our YouTube page for future event coverage, trainings and cobot demonstrations.

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    Topics: Cobots, Universal Robots, Cobotics, Craig Zoberis, Fusion, Fusion OEM, Amper Technologies, PFE Automation, IMEC, Robotiq, video series

    Why We Became a Cobot Systems Integrator for UR

    Posted by Craig Zoberis

    Aug 9, 2019 5:00:00 PM

    Fusion makes every effort to stay informed of the latest advances in manufacturing, making sure we are staying ahead of the needs of our customers. In the case of cobotics (collaborative robots), it was our machinists who were sending me social media posts on these new advances asking me to pursue this venture. Their goal was to reduce the time they were spending loading and unloading parts all day long so that they can do more advanced tasks. And they indeed were onto something significant.

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    Topics: manufacturing services, cnc machining, Cobots, automation, Universal Robots, Cobotics, Craig Zoberis, Fusion, Fusion OEM

    In with the New:  Technologies Improving Modern Manufacturing

    Posted by Todd Stukenberg

    Mar 29, 2019 4:02:00 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 4:01:00 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 7:47:40 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 3:58:00 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 4:01:00 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

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