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Manufacturing Automation: What Is It? Where Is It Going?

October 15, 2014

Industrial Robotics

Industrial engineers have envisioned fully automated factories since at least the middle of the 20th century. But the real race to automate manufacturing can be said to have begun in the 1980s, when US car manufacturers came up with the vision of “lights-out” manufacturing. The idea was to beat their rivals by automating the factories to such an extent that the entire manufacturing process could be left to robots. To a great extent, it has remained only a vision so far. Read the rest of this entry »

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Manufacturing News Roundup: Q3 2014

October 9, 2014

robotic palletizing system

As we wrote in June, the manufacturing sector continues to evolve this year, including technology, innovation, reshoring, labor shifts, and more. To highlight these important trends, research, and discussions, we’ve begun compiling a quarterly industry news roundup. During Q3, the manufacturing sector experienced continued advancements in technological innovations and steady growth in a variety of areas. The following is a collection of manufacturing reports and articles on various topics affecting the industry from Q3 2014: Read the rest of this entry »

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What’s the Best Pallet Rack for Your Application?

September 15, 2014

Drive-in Pallet Rack

When approaching pallet rack choices, cost, storage density and construction elements all play a role in making a choice. While cost is always a prime concern, be mindful that cost is often tied to storage density. Cheaper pallet rack tends to not have as much storage density as more expensive rack. But before you consider cost, you must decide what applications you will use the pallet rack for.

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Long Item Storage: Comparing Traditional and Roll-Out Cantilever Racks

August 29, 2014

Crank Out Cantilever Rack

If you’ve got conduit, tubing, rebar, pipe or bar stock, you need cantilever rack – period. Get it off the floor, off of standard shelving and pallet rack, and put it somewhere you don’t have to fight with it each time you need some. If you’re really smart, you’ll put it where overhead lift equipment can get to it – because once you get it stored right, you’ll wonder what the heck you were thinking earlier.

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Guard Rail: When, Where and What

August 15, 2014

Forklift stopped by guardrail

Choosing guard rail can be confusing unless you understand clearly what kinds of conditions you are protecting against and what assets you are protecting. Whether it be fall protection for workers or asset protection from industrial vehicle usage, there is a guard rail that fits that need.

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Cisco Eagle Quarterly Manufacturing Industry News Roundup: Q2 2014

June 30, 2014

Manufacturing facility

As we wrote in January, the manufacturing sector is undergoing significant changes this year, with issues in talent development, the re-shoring of manufacturing in some sectors, and the forward momentum of new, disruptive, and exciting technologies affecting manufacturers of all sizes.

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Three Reasons to Consider Working with a Conveyor Integration Partner

June 26, 2014

Conveyor System Puzzle

The decision to purchase an expensive material handling system can be a career-defining move. Your company’s profitability and future direction is at stake, so it’s important to understand every option and potential relationship that comes into play. You can go direct to a manufacturer. You can bring in consultants. You can work with a distributor/integrator, engineer the system internally, or a combination of these methods.

There are questions regarding system integration partners and their role within the implementation process. In this article, Hytrol’s Matt Farris discusses the advantages of choosing to work with an integration partner like Cisco-Eagle.

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Post-Modex Report: What’s the Buzz in Manufacturing Technology?

May 12, 2014

crane used in manufacturing

This year, technology innovation is propelling the manufacturing industry to unprecedented levels. Emerging technologies, in combination with advancements in automation, distribution, and talent development, are likely to produce major changes in the way many things are made in the years to come.

So what’s hot in manufacturing technology? We addressed this question (and many more) during the supply chain expo Modex, where we interviewed leading manufacturers about key trends shaping the industry in 2014. The following is a recap of some of the responses we heard from industry experts (in addition to our own thoughts on technologies to watch throughout the latter half of the year): Read the rest of this entry »

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2014 Manufacturing Trends: Cisco-Eagle Interviews with Leading Manufacturers

May 5, 2014

As we’ve written about previously, Cisco-Eagle took part in last month’s supply chain expo Modex, held in Atlanta, GA.  When we weren’t demonstrating our automated forklift safety system and talking to customers, we snuck away from our booth to connect with some of the industry’s leading innovators.

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5 Manufacturing Challenges (or are they Opportunities?)

May 1, 2014

Manufacturing at a pipe coating plant

U.S. manufacturing is at a crossroads. After decades of decline, there are signs of a rennaisance, with the chance to re-shore more and more manufacturing capacity every year. Some of this is driven by the natural gas energy boom, and the cost of shipping product in vs. making it in America. You also see more companies returning capacity due to the fact that offshoring didn’t always live up to its cost cutting premise. Whatever the reason, American manufacturing now faces the reality of growth, with the challenges and opportunities that brings.

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