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Collaborative Automation and the Reshoring of American Manufacturing

Between 2000 and 2010, the United States lost 6 million manufacturing jobs. Pundits and politicians offer a variety of explanations for how and why this happened. Depending on their political affiliation, talking heads might blame offshoring, illegal immigration, or bad trade deals. Among these conflicting ideas, there is one point that everyone seems to agree with: Workers are being replaced by increasingly effective machines. Automation is certainly a factor in the decline of high-paying manufacturing jobs. But the claim that “robots are taking our jobs” fails to tell the whole story. In fact, American automation might be the key to reclaiming manufacturing as a national strength. A manufacturing segment dominated by automation won’t lead to the worker’s paradise of previous…more

An Industrial Revolution in the Battery Room: Industry 4.0 and Battery Care

Think back to fifth-grade history class. You were probably taught that the Industrial Revolution took place in the early-to-mid 19th century, when the steam engine reshaped manufacturing techniques in dramatic ways. Well, things have changed — including history. Industrial academics now say that there wasn’t just one Industrial Revolution. There were four of them, and we’re in the midst of the fourth, or “Industry 4.0,” today. So what does all this have to do with improving a facility’s use and maintenance of industrial batteries? As it turns out, quite a bit. The Data Revolution of Industry 4.0 If the steam engine heralded the first Industrial Revolution, then the second was marked by the rise of the assembly line. Automated manufacturing…more

CNC Machining Means Precision and Efficiency

Computer Numerical Control, or CNC, machining is an umbrella term to describe various machining processes that are conducted by inputting data into a computer that controls the actual machining equipment. The computer uses software – often designed specifically for a certain object or task – to control the tool’s operation and track the raw material’s attributes. The computer controls and tracks things like feed rate, tool positioning, and orientation of the material while also precisely controlling how the tool manipulates the material. Numerically controlled tools were in use before contemporary computing existed, but the technology has exploded with advances in computing. CNC machining has allowed production facilities in many industries to streamline their fabrication and manufacturing processes and produce exact…more

4 Reasons Powder Coating is the Best Choice

Powder coating is a form of painting using electrostatically charged powdered pigments. The charged pigment is attracted to the grounded components. After spraying, the components are heat-treated, which liquefies the powder and creates a smooth, even film that bonds with the component surfaces. This technology has been in use for more than 60 years and provides many benefits over traditional liquid paint. Powder coating is the best choice for BHS manufacturing because it efficiently produces a high-quality, precisely applied, durable finish. Here are four reasons why powder coating is the best choice:  Powder coating is more environmentally friendly. Low-to-no Volatile Organic Compounds or Hazardous Air Pollutants Overspray can be reclaimed and reused and most pigments are landfill-friendly Air used in…more

Manufacturing Innovation: The Theme for 2015

2015 could be a big year for US manufacturing because of projected reshoring, growth, and investment in manufacturing innovation. Recent market research indicates that 2015 may bring manufacturing and production functions for many companies back to the US from overseas. According to a 2014 study conducted by the MIT Forum for Supply Chain Innovation, “13.5 percent of U.S. manufacturing companies have reported that they have already made a decision to move some manufacturing activities back to the U.S.” The study also showed that another 18 percent are “considering” the prospect. This reshoring is potentially a huge boon for the US economy. Additionally, recent projections by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) and the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI)…more