Are the Days of the Standard Industrial Robot Numbered?

Absolutely not. Industrial robots do what they are designed to do extremely well. High speed, high repeatability, heavy payloads, and more. There are many reasons why industrial ...

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Latest Developments In Industrial Robotics: CoBots

One of the most significant developments of potential interest to small and medium-sized manufacturers in the area of industrial robots is the introduction about 10 years or so ...

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Manufacturing Automation and the COVID-19 Recession

The COVID-19 crisis has affected every industry, and manufacturing is no exception. As social distancing and mandated closures have sent the economy reeling, manufacturers have ...

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Training Within Industry (TWI) Part 3: Scientific Thinking Enables Innovation and Teamwork

Toyota Kata--a structured approach for creating a culture of continuous learning and improvement--had its beginnings in manufacturing. The word Toyota refers to the Japanese ...

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Training Within Industry (TWI) Part 2: Helping Supervisors Solve Workplace People Problems

The pressure on today’s workforce is considerable. COVID-19 has introduced new challenges. There are new rules about social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) ...

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Training Within Industry (TWI) Part 1: Practice Makes Perfect with On-the-Job Training

Even before COVID-19, manufacturers were facing challenges on several fronts relative to hiring and retaining a high-performing workforce. In addition to the easily observed ...

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Working Collaboratively to Gain Compliance: How 2 Key Cybersecurity Assumptions Are Impacting DoD Suppliers

It is estimated that there are around 300,000 companies in the Defense Industrial Base (“DIB”) across the manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors. Roughly 99% of the DIB is ...

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Surviving and Driving Through the Crisis

How can employers protect their employees and workplaces while battling COVID-19? In order for manufacturers to develop a safety plan for their facilities, they must consider the ...

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Defense Suppliers: Self-Attestation, the False Claims Act, and You*

If you are part of the Department of Defense (DoD) supply chain, you likely have various Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) disclosures that you must attest ...

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How to Stimulate Manufacturing Growth After COVID-19

It seems like no part of the economy has been left untouched by COVID-19. Both essential and non-essential industries have felt the impact of the novel coronavirus and its ...

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Start With the (Cybersecurity) End in Mind

Cybersecurity is a complex topic no matter what industry vertical it is applied to. In order to reduce that complexity, it helps to frame cybersecurity in the context of the ...

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