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5 Ways Factory Automation Supports the Medical Device Industry

Medical devices are subject to strict regulations and high-quality control standards. Automation can help. The healthcare industry is among the most highly advanced manufacturing fields in the world, with tight controls and restrictions governing the development and production of medical devices at every stage. At the same time, researchers and developers...

Are High-Mix, Low-Volume Manufacturers Ready for Robots?

The high costs of manufacturing automation have long been prohibitive for HMLV manufacturers. Robots are changing that. For years, factory automation has delivered the highest ROI margins for large, high-volume manufacturers. For a production plant churning out thousands of parts a day, even the most marginal improvements will have an outsized...

6 Ways Augmented Reality Will Transform Manufacturing Automation

As factory automation begins to incorporate augmented reality into its processes, what should industrial manufacturers expect? Of all the new Industry 4.0 technologies, Augmented Reality is the one that, to many people, seems the most surprising. AR devices are often worn like glasses upon which software can project images or instructions...

6 Ways Advances in Gripper Technology Are Improving Factory Automation

As grippers become more flexible, adaptable, and interchangeable, their applications in factory automation multiply. Factory automation has changed drastically in the past few decades, most notably in the realm of robotics, where new software technology has combined with advances in hardware capabilities to give manufacturers a wider toolset to use when...

7 Applications for Factory Automation in PCB Manufacturing

Factory automation accelerates the production of printed circuit boards (PCBs) for high-end electronics. Electronics come in all shapes and sizes, but one thing almost all of them share is the use of printed circuit boards (PCBs). Circuit boards are a compact and repeatable way to structure intricate components into a small...

4 Ways Factory Automation Improves Supply Chain Management

Although the Covid-19 pandemic ripple effect continues to disrupt global supply chains, factory automation mitigates many shortcomings. Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, manufacturers worldwide have become acutely aware of the interconnectivity of supply chains. Shortages of critical supplies have exposed vulnerabilities that have shut down production centers, even as...

4 Areas Where Vision Technology Advances Factory Automation

Improvements in vision technology are expanding the realm of possibility for factory automation. If there's anything we've learned from decades of work in the automation industry, it's that the transformative impact of a new technology reaches beyond its immediate applications. Sometimes, the new technology means that old systems must be reworked...

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