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Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   7/9/2013 6:31:46 PM
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Hey Ralphy Boy,

Are you seeing more integration being done by the vendors themselves as they help to instill their products and software?

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Ralphy Boy   7/9/2013 5:03:25 PM
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What I see is that because we have multiple cutting-edge systems to integrate, and they are being asked to work together so precisely... the visits can still be pretty common and lengthily. But it does depend on the application. When we ask for darn near impossible, it can be just that.

We just got 2 custom built machines with those FANUC LR Mate 200iD six-axis robots on them; 2 on one and 1 on the other. We don't need the 7 kg payload but the speed and accuracy along with the dexterity are absolutes.

They will be doing pick & place of nearly paper thin pressed power disks consisting of 4 different nasty battery chemistries. One of the Fanucs actually reaches into a 400 ton press... It better be brilliant!

The robots seem to be all tweaked in but there are a few other issues still slowing the first production run from getting started. Nothing serious, and the integrated vision/weight/inspection scheme is catching anything that's not perfect.

The 2 machines will run 2 shifts once we get a decent contract for one of the battery designs they're capable of making. That's when I get to play with them.

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apresher   7/9/2013 5:00:36 PM
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Excellent slideshow, Rob.  It does a great job showing the diversity of developments related to factory automation.

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GTOlover   7/9/2013 11:31:12 AM
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In the early 90's I was the lead technologist for an injection molding company. One of our crowning achievements was the automation integration and networking of a small molding plant that enabled the plant to run without 3rd shift and a greatly reduced 2nd shift. The project netted incredible savings and boosted profit margins!

But as you clearly pointed out, the management did not actively change their sales model. Selling the same parts for the same cost as everyone else leads to our customers seeking cheaper alternatives. The problem is, we had the cheaper alternative and did not offer it to our customers. The internet has accelerated the need to be flexible and cost effective.

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Debera Harward   7/9/2013 7:37:09 AM
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Yes Elizebeth , In the near future manufacturing will be directly related to Internet Of Things. In the past objects were created by keeping in mind the concept of end user use, but these days products are created without any concept of end user usage they are just created and with the passage of time as the usage of the user changes the product gets modified. With Internet Of Things the life of the product gets extended, It provides automated support to the customers and reduces the cost.

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Elizabeth M   7/9/2013 6:03:20 AM
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With all of the smart devices in the plant connected through the growing power of plant computers and the growing intelligentce of the devices, the plant becomes its own Internet of Things.


Exactly my point, Rob. It's pretty exciting to think about, especially I'm sure for manufacturers and plant managers who couldn't have imagined technology would enable this so quickly.

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Debera Harward   7/9/2013 5:48:50 AM
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I really liked the idea of FANUC'S high speed M-1iA robot ,as it is used for high speed picking and packing . It can be used in many eatable factories where candies, chocolates , chips buscuits and other junk food is manufactured . This Robot will easily pick and pack these eatables . As  we all know that candies business is very good business because choldren can never give up eating them . So i beleive in future candy factories will be having this robot for packing and picking

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Debera Harward   7/9/2013 5:37:57 AM
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Excellent post Rob, No doubt by watching these plants we can say that there will be a great revolutionary change in the manufacturing industry in the next few years . And this is a reality that initially people dont accept the new technology but when they come to know about the advantages  they get themselves tuned to it . With these sort of plants manufacturing cost and time will reduce and quantity will increase . But what I think is that initially it will be a huge investment but that investment in the long run will provide advantage as well

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Rob Spiegel   7/9/2013 5:31:46 AM
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I hadn't thought of that, Elizabeth. But you're right. And the Internet of Things technology will likely become part of plant technology. With all of the smart devices in the plant connected through the growing power of plant computers and the growing intelligentce of the devices, the plant becomes its own Internet of Things.

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Rob Spiegel   7/9/2013 5:30:05 AM
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I hadn't thought of that, Elizabeth. But you're right. And the Internet of Things technology will likely become part of plant technology. With all of the smart devices in the plant connected through the growing power of plant computers and the growing intelligentce of the devices, the plant becomes its own Internet of Things.

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