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RFID in the Manufacturing Process: A Must-Have for Continuous Improvement

There is quite an abundance of continuous improvement methodologies implemented in manufacturing processes around the globe. Whether it’s Lean, Six Sigma, Kaizen, etc., there is one thing that all of these methodologies have in common, they all require actionable data … Continue reading

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Rise of the Robots – 3 Ways to Be On Their Team

While originally a mixed reviewed 1994 console video game, the recently published report by The Boston Consulting Group titled “The Rise of Robotics” really made me realize how important it is that we embrace robotics in our manufacturing processes. And I strongly agree with this statement: “Because robots can sharply improve productivity and offset regional differences in labor costs and availability, they’ll likely have a major impact on the competitiveness of companies and countries alike.” They studied the growth of the usage of robots in personal, commercial, military and industrial use and the numbers were quite powerful. Of interest to me is the rise in industrial robotics; doubling in 5 years from $5.8b to $11.0b in 2015. And the growth is expected to more than double again by 2025 to $24.4b in the industrial space. Continue reading

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WOW! It’s a bolt!?

Our Databolt never fails to grab the attention of everyone who has ever ventured to take a look in my sample case. In a kit of a hundred plus RFID tags which vary in frequency and form factor, it’s the … Continue reading

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My DeviceNet System is Giving Me Heartburn

During the recent economic downturn, businesses have lost scores of experienced, trained personnel who were very familiar with (among other things) monitoring the health of their DeviceNet System and who may have been responsible for keeping things “up and running”.  Now … Continue reading

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Tracking low-cost assets with RFID tags…Is it worth it?

First, a lesson in Lexicography Lexi-what!? Don’t be alarmed. This blog is not as boring as it sounds, especially if you are involved in manufacturing. Lexicography is the art of compiling, writing and editing dictionaries. Sounds like a ton of … Continue reading

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Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Sensors Must Withstand Punishing Applications

In today’s competitive manufacturing environment, the name of the game is increased throughput. Unprecedented global competition means that industrial manufacturing machinery must be able to run better (faster, longer, hotter, etc.) and more reliably than ever before. Continue reading

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