Fusion Becomes 'Robotics Industry Association' Member

    Posted by Craig Zoberis

    Dec 2, 2019 9:45:00 AM

    This November, Fusion joined the Robotics Industry Association (RIA) as a new member. We felt it was beneficial to join RIA to stay updated on robot safety standards and industry trends as they evolve, to attend industry events and educational seminars, and to meet fellow professionals in our field. 
    We always want to be at the forefront of automation, which is why we will be attending the RIA A3 Business Forum in January where we can network with a variety of professionals in the industry, get insights on the latest in automation and best business practices. We look forward to exploring all that RIA has to offer!

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    Topics: Cobots, automation, Fusion OEM, fusion cobotics, future of manufacturing, RIA, Robotics Industry Association, new membership, A3 business forum

    FABTECH Chicago 2019 Recap

    Posted by Craig Zoberis

    Nov 18, 2019 2:35:52 PM

    Fusion was at the Universal Robots booth at FABTECH last week at McCormick Place in Chicago. We showcased a pre-configured machine tending solution with a UR16e and Schunk Grippers. We spoke about how utilizing the FC-Series equipment for efficient, reliable, uninterrupted machine tending throughout the day and into the off-shifts (lights-out) enhances the ROI on your capital equipment. Also how the cobotic system allows you to automate safely without tying up money and valuable floorspace that is required by conventional robotic machine tending solutions. We had a busy and productive four days!

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    Topics: manufacturing services, Cobots, Fusion OEM, cobots in action, fusion cobotics, continued education, fabtech, fabtech2019

    Getting Millennials in the Door

    Posted by Jennifer Juarez

    Nov 1, 2019 12:02:20 PM

    In this industry we have all been hearing about how the baby boomer generation is retiring and there aren’t enough people to replace those jobs, mainly the millennials who are few and far between in pursing this field. By 2025, Generation Y will account for 75% of the global workplace. So how do you get them to come to your door? Many employers are discovering they must adapt their hiring and management style for this newer generation.

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    Topics: Cobots, manufacturing, hiringforindustry, millennials, jobdescriptions, skillsgap, hiringmillennials, humanresources, benefitsofautomation, AI

    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

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