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Applications for Pick and Place Robots

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Pick and place robots move objects between locations to fulfill manufacturing tasks. They are some of the most common robots in automated assembly and ensure continuous productivity in repetitive tasks. Automating your pick and place processes in an assembly line can boost productivity and relieve workers of stressful and repetitive tasks in favor of more […]

Factory Automation vs. Process Automation

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Automation is an essential element of success in the rapidly transforming manufacturing and packaging sectors. Factory automation manages the machines that manufacture objects, whereas process automation controls the larger systems that manage these products. Although these forms of automation sound similar, they have key differences that are important to understand before implementing any automation system. […]

Benefits of Automated Production Lines

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Made up of workstations joined by transfer systems to move products and control systems to process the needed coding instructions, automated production lines involve varying levels of technology from robotics and mechanical equipment to specific systems and programs. Human intervention is either unnecessary or carried out in a supervisory capacity. Research from the World Economic […]

TYPES OF PARTS FEEDER SYSTEMS

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At Big Sky Engineering, we specialize in the design, engineering, manufacturing, and integration of industrial automation equipment and systems. Our turnkey automation solutions include all necessary system elements, including parts feeders. The term “parts feeder system” refers to equipment that stores, sorts, orients, allocates, positions, and distributes the components necessary for industrial and commercial operations. As these units […]

RESPIRATOR & DUST MASK TYPES & CLASSIFICATIONS

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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is essential safety gear in a wide variety of industries, facilities, and daily environments. Knowing the right type of mask for various applications and to best comply with industrial and regulatory standards is essential. The right tools can protect you against environmental contaminants, especially in medical applications, and can help prevent […]

EVALUATING INDUSTRIAL EQUIPMENT OPERATING COSTS

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When you purchase new equipment, the price tag is just the first expense your business will incur throughout its total service life. Before you purchase a big-ticket item—even when the equipment is meant to last for years—take the time to consider ancillary costs that will follow the purchase. Some of these basic cost factors may include: […]

What is Flexible Manufacturing

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The term “flexible manufacturing” refers to the ability of a company to adapt its production operations to produce different parts for different markets without the need for major retooling or equipment investment. Many companies utilize flexible manufacturing as a benchmark for where they stand in the industry; the greater their flexibility (i.e., how fast they […]

What is Industrial Automation

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Industrial automation uses computerized control systems and robots—i.e., automation machinery—to replace human decision-making and involvement in manufacturing processes. For example, automated machining tools and mobile components perform processing and finishing operations on materials, and automated conveyor systems move the parts and components through the various manufacturing stages. Benefits of Industrial Automation Due to the benefits […]

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