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

    Cobots and the Changing “Face” of American Manufacturing

    Posted by Todd Stukenberg

    Nov 30, 2018 3:00:00 PM

    Robots have been an important part of manufacturing on a global basis for nearly 50 years.  Perhaps most widely recognized for their place in automobile production, robots have been used to improve efficiency, quality and safety.  Historically, traditional production robotics has been out of reach for mid- and small-market manufacturers due to their cost, scale and specific capability limitations.  However, as the global economy has changed due to the reach of e-commerce and its enablement of these small and middle-market firms, interest in manufacturing improvements has grown, and this in turn has ignited the “cobot” movement. So what is a “cobot” and how does it compare to a traditional full scale production robot? 

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    Topics: contract manufacturing, process improvement, cnc machining, Cobots

    Does Your OEM Contract Manufacturer Conduct Engineering Release Meetings?

    Posted by Jacob Miller

    Jan 9, 2015 5:51:00 PM

     As an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), the goals of outsourcing work to a contract manufacturer (CM) are twofold: create a high-quality product and maximize your spend. Both of these goals can be successfully accomplished if your CM holds Engineering Release Meetings.

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    Topics: oem, original equipment manufacturer, contract manufacturing, lean manufacturing, product development, process improvement

    Lean Manufacturing: Put Your Bottom Line In Employees’ Hands

    Posted by Craig Zoberis

    Nov 18, 2014 6:46:00 AM

    Every manufacturer is looking to increase its bottom line, but only a few are tapping into the secret of successful new profits: your employees.

    Whether you’re a traditional Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) company or you’re outsourcing production to a partner, handing over more responsibilities to employees might sound like a recipe for disaster. However, with the right lean manufacturing approach, employee empowerment is the key to stronger bottom-line growth.

    Here are six reasons why employee empowerment isn’t just optional for OEM companies and contract manufacturers – it’s required:

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    Topics: lean manufacturing, process improvement

    How Lean Manufacturing Powers Your Process Improvements

    Posted by Craig Zoberis

    Oct 14, 2014 7:17:00 AM

    Many Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) see lean manufacturing as simply another set of tools or techniques for squeezing extra profit out of their manufacturing processes.

    However, these OEMs misunderstand the true nature of lean manufacturing: It’s not a toolkit but a mindset. Lean manufacturing isn’t just about pinching pennies or putting unrealistic productivity expectations onto employees – it’s an entire philosophy of manufacturing that incorporates every aspect of your business processes.

    And when your company’s processes are cluttered, unprofitable and in need of an upgrade, the lean manufacturing mindset is what helps power those process improvements.

    Next time you’re enacting process improvements at your OEM – or encouraging your contract manufacturer to do the same – use these four steps to ensure your process improvements are tapping into the power of the lean philosophy:

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    Topics: lean manufacturing, process improvement

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