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.”
Oct 7, 2019 9:54:00 AM
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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?
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.
Feb 22, 2019 4:02:00 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: