Craig Zoberis

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    Cobot Installation: Systems Integrator vs. Do It Yourself

    Posted by Craig Zoberis

    Oct 7, 2019 9:54:00 AM

    According to a McKinsey & Company article, “Industry 4.0 could have an estimated value-creation potential for manufacturers and suppliers of $3.7 trillion in 2025, and hopes are high that it could bring the next industrial revolution to discrete manufacturing. Yet only about 30 percent of companies are capturing value from Industry 4.0 solutions at scale today. Companies tend to envision technology development going forward instead of identifying the areas of largest impact and tracking those back to Industry 4.0 value drivers.”

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    Topics: Cobots, automation, #systemsintegrator, #cobotinstallation

    Fusion and Fifth Third Bank Team Up For C-Suite Event

    Posted by Craig Zoberis

    Oct 1, 2019 9:57:00 AM

    Fifth Third Bank sponsored and Fusion hosted an event last week held at Fusion headquarters called "Meet the Cobots." Over 25 C-suite executives met up for a half day event where cobots and human resources were the main topics.

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    Topics: manufacturing services, employee training, leadership, Cobots, Craig Zoberis, Fusion OEM, fifth third bank

    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

    Creating Lifelong Loyal Business Relationships in Contract Manufacturing

    Posted by Craig Zoberis

    Jan 5, 2018 5:50:29 PM

    Read Time: 3 Minutes

    What do you want to be when you grow up?” is a common question asked of kids. Firefighters, teachers, and doctors are all examples of responses one might hear.  But what if that question was posed to business owners?  What type of business do you strive to be?  Answers might include best in class in service, product excellence, culture focused, team oriented, etc.; frankly, most businesses would probably desire to achieve all of those, including dozens of more higher-acclaimed qualities.  However, it is imperative a business identifies who they are and what they stand for; their ultimate success depends on a clear initiative and awareness of their objectives, strengths, and opportunities.

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    10 Reasons to Outsource Manufacturing

    Posted by Craig Zoberis

    Dec 8, 2017 5:03:29 PM

    Read Time: 4 Minutes

    To outsource complete manufacturing of a product versus producing it in-house is a decision faced by original equipment manufacturers every day, and making the right choice can be key to the success of your business.  A manufacturing company may decide to outsource products and services for a variety of reasons. To gain better insight from a client perspective, I recently asked one of our most-valued customers what were some of the reasons their business chose to partner with us for contract manufacturing. Their decision to outsource was researched thoroughly, and in the end, the company realized a host of tangible and intangible benefits. Below find the 10 reasons our customer chose Fusion OEM:

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    Topics: contract manufacturing

    Fusion OEM is Now ITAR Registered

    Posted by Craig Zoberis

    Oct 11, 2017 4:00:00 PM

    Read Time: 2 Minutes 

    I am pleased to announce that Fusion OEM is now an International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) registered contract manufacturer. To comply with these requirements, we must have a plan in place to control data from being compromised by a foreign person either in the U.S. or abroad. As a result, we have updated our Visitor Policy.

    What does this mean for visitors to our facility? Effective immediately, access to our facility is restricted to employees. All visitors and/or contractors are required to abide by the following process:

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    Topics: itar

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