No Risk Automation newsletter discussed automated guided vehicle (AGV) maintenance costs. Factored into the cost of maintenance should also be the amount of time required to respond and correct issues with the system on an ongoing basis. Many times the system slowly begins to perform at lower and lower system efficiency. When it gets to a point where production deficiency is visible and causing pain, the reduction from new high performance automation tools is shocking and frequently causes a great deal of acrimony.
Mintec Systems, one of Australia's leading custom software development firms, announced the publication of a number of new case studies on the company's website. Taken together, the studies give valuable insights into how custom-made software can benefit businesses and organizations by fitting more closely to their needs than off-the-shelf alternatives. Founded in 1979, Mintec Systems offers a wide range of information technology and software development services that can help clients cut costs and raise their levels of organizational effectiveness.
An independent third party referee, John Hayes founder and CEO of No Risk Automation, can help manufacturers in the automation process by eliminating the feeling of being pushed. Hayes explained, "It allows for the group to become a team and work together more collaboratively. In many cases the department that generated the process has little concept of the steps to take to get from concept to implementing the automation project. The ability to remove pressure from department budgets by having company senior management involved is very important. In many cases, changes are insignificant when lined up against company long-term goals."
The No Risk Automation newsletter reported on another algorithm in the literature titled, "A GA-Based Method to Reduce Material Handling." This genetic algorithm (GA), suggested authors SS Tseng, FM Chang, and YS Chu, is a way to decrease activities of material handling, waiting time, and material storage. They argued these issues are vital to increasing productivity. The research accurately suggested that in manufacturing the largest percent of product cost is related to material handling, which cannot add product value, but does waste costs. The authors extended this assertion noting that material handling accounts for 30 – 75% of the total manufacturing costs, but a good design of material handling can reduce the plant's cost by 15 -30%. AGV can be a buffer to decrease storage activities and decrease waiting times. While the efficacy of AGV solutions is not in question, the need to find an honest broker, a neutral third party, is vastly important. Hearing all sides of the AGV selection process is entering mediation and compromise is required.
Manufacturing organizations are producing products that often require an extraordinary amount of engineering knowledge, experience, and problem-solving. Louise Dickmeyer, President of PDP Solutions shared in the company blog, that the single focus for any manufacturer is to make a great product as efficiently as possible, and it is often a challenge to tell the "story of the day." Active content is critical to the success of all manufacturing companies.
According to No Risk Automation newsletter, without precise specifications about the automation required and the outcomes expected, automation vendors sell what they have and the results will be disappointing. Many people say that the devil is in the details; in this case there are major costs in the details. Ignorance costs money at the time of installation; it costs time and efficiency modifying processes to meet what has been provided. Worst of all DCs and manufacturers may not look far enough in long-range planning, only to discover a system is purchased that is not capable of handling the additional operations required in the near, mid, or long term.
Solar Light® is pleased to announce their organization has purchased the SPF Analyzer product line from Optometrics. The product will extend their wide range of SPF testing equipment sold to cosmetic companies, clinical research laboratories and formulators.
Falcon Survey Engineering Consultants, an eminent land surveyor in UAE is now offering a complete land survey of International standard and quality. The company provides reliable and conscientious engineering, land survey solutions to a myriad of infrastructure, developments and construction projects like road Infrastructures, Buildings and bridge development, high rise tower in the UAE and as well as in other Middle East Countries. The company offers land surveying solutions for international clients, consulting and construction companies and government sectors.In U.A.E.,they have delivered effective solutions for the complete land surveying task as they work with the latest technological advances in the industry. Apart from the technology, the company also uses modern surveying equipment like GPS GNSS (Trimble R10, Trimble R8, Leica VIVA GS15, Sokkia, etc.), Total Stations (Leica, Topcon, Trimble, and Nikon etc.), Auto Levels (Leica, Sokkia, Nikon, and Topcon etc.), Laptop, Computer drafting, Plotting tools, Vehicle, and many more.
The November issue of No Risk Automation, a monthly e-news publication, discussed the increased focus on ergonomic considerations for automation. Until recently ergonomics has not been a word associated with automated guided vehicles (AGVs). AGVs have been considered stand-alone pieces of equipment that moved pallets, large bins, and totes. This perception and usage is changing, as there are now a few select companies that are taking AGV technology and applying it to applications that directly interface with humans. From moving parts to people for picking or manufacturing to mobile build assemblies, AGVs are now more than ever working with people instead of replacing them.
The October issue of No Risk Automation, a monthly e-news publication, explored the differences between automation at the distribution center (DC) versus manufacturing plant floor. Automation in manufacturing is accelerating, due to the sheer number of movements of product and the ease with which transportation can occur. Generally most product in manufacturing is transported on pallets or in bins.
Al Ameen Engineering, LLC has announced the launch of three versions of pit style dock leveler under their brand “Raframps”. Raframps is well known as the leading loading solution company in UAE and has been making forklift ramps, dock levelers, loading containers and dock boards for past 5 years. The products named as Raframp D2-10, Raframp D2.5-10 and Raframp D3-10 are said to decrease the lead times and price of manufacturing the dock levelers. When contacted, Mohd Shahnawaz, the Managing Director of Al Ameen Engineering said, “We have been providing leading solutions for the past 5 years and these products will help meet local market demands and increase safety and productivity of warehouse operations team." He further added,” Over the years Raframps have improved the design by adopting best engineering technology and processes for making best dock leveler that can provide better productivity and safety in the long run. These features will be visible in these upcoming products.”
Magline, Inc., the innovative lightweight route distribution company, and Rotacaster, maker of the first multi-directional industrial wheel, developed the Self-Stabilizing truck, was just reviewed by independent Humantech Ergonomics. Michael Hoonhorst, Senior Consultant and Ergonomics Engineer for Humantech, explained the 4 categories of the 4 star review in a Humantech video: impact on ergonomic risk factors, adjustability, innovation, and intuitiveness. To view the entire video, go to: http://www.humantech.com/blog/video-product-review-rotacaster-wheels/.
The October 13th issue of No Risk Automation, a monthly e-news publication, explored the maintenance costs of AGVs. The AGV maintenance costs creep up; they are sneaky and come on fast. These added maintenance costs are not always the fault of the manufacturer or the equipment. Many times it is a lack of sufficient preventive maintenance.
Formitize proudly announces its new Engineers App – a state-of-the-art, easy-to-use management software that aims to provide a powerful paperless solution for engineers across Australia and around the world.
Building, maintaining or repairing a commercial or residential property has always been a cumbersome task. It can become a further tedious and troublesome task if people don’t get a professional and expert building and engineering specialist. When looking for a commercial or Residential Engineering services in Sydney it’s crucial to look out for a qualified, trusted and experienced engineering consultants who can provide world class services at rates that fit the budgets and requirements.
The October 13th issue of No Risk Automation, a monthly e-news publication, discussed the top three mistakes made in automation selection. These mistakes include: not concentrating on the details, believing that the technology or the guidance is important, and failing to prepare a written specification of what is wanted and needed at the distribution center (DC) or manufacturing plant floor.
Bodkin Design and Engineering LLC (BD&E), an electro-optic systems and solutions design-to-build firm, is pleased to announce a new line of thermo-electrically driven blackbody radiometric reference sources available immediately in stock or customized models. BD&E develops next generation infrared (IR) equipment according to exacting standards that provide precise IR emission over the Mid-Wave Infrared (MWIR) and Long Wave Infrared (LWIR) spectral bands. These products are built for applications such as thermal imaging calibration, target projection, and infrared detector/pyrometer characterization. USB connectivity allows radiometric calibration and correction to be accomplished using single-point, two-point, or on-the-fly methods, infinity focus testing, and Minimum Resolvable Temperature Difference (MRTD) measurements.
Chipkin Automation Systems has released Barrigton LanStar MicroStar Gateway which allows the automation professionals to integrate, remote monitor and control their Barrington LanStar and Microstar system.
The September 15th issue of No Risk Automation, an e-news publication, explored reducing the bottom-line to increase profitability. There are many indicators that show two alarming statistics. The cost of labor and the associated loaded costs are increasing and the workforce for material handling jobs is rapidly shrinking. It is inevitable that for applications with moderate to long travel distances (involving structured movement of products) all movement will be performed by some form of automated vehicle without human intervention.
Designing a building is an arduous task and several parameters contribute to that. Especially, the effect of wind on the buildings plays a huge role in its designing part. Wind-induced motion will produce strong effects on tall, slender and flexible buildings and this can really affect the performance and safety of the buildings.
Cost avoidance must also be considered. Often, increases in mobile equipment accidents typically bring increases in the cost of Workers Compensation and Lost Time and production. There are often increases in operational requirements, which are best handled with a fixed one-time cost versus adding increasing recurring labor costs.
90% of industries rely on engineering products to improve the efficiency of the devices and improve the overall returns. With too many services offering these products, it is difficult for any industry owner to zero in on the right supplier that provides him with the products of exceptional quality and efficiency. This is where Cebeco Pty Ltd fits in as they have more than 40 years of experience in the field and have been delivering the products with uncompromised quality.
The September 15th issue of No Risk Automation, an e-news publication, discussed reducing the bottom-line to increase profitability. Purchasing and implementing automated guided vehicles for manufacturing and distribution centers (DCs) may reduce labor costs. There are many indicators that show two alarming statistics. The cost of labor and the associated loaded costs are increasing and the workforce for material handling jobs is rapidly shrinking. It is inevitable that for applications with moderate to long travel distances (involving structured movement of products) all movement will be performed by some form of automated vehicle without human intervention. Increased labors costs often trigger the exercise of cost analysis. To access the current and past newsletters, go to: http://www.noriskautomation.com/media/newsletter/.
The Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council (WRMSDC) recently recognized HCSE as a certified MBE. Adding another feather to its success story, the structural engineer design service consented to a telephonic interview on the developments. Mr. Humza Choudhry is a reputed business person with strict standards for ethical partnerships and perfect project executions. On the telephone, Mr. Choudhry described the WRMSDC certification as a major milestone of achievement. He credited the award as a ‘natural reward’ for the high quality service HCSE has been delivering over the years.
The September 15th issue of No Risk Automation, an e-news publication, discussed reducing the bottom-line to increase profitability. Purchasing and implementing automated guided vehicles for manufacturing and distribution centers (DCs) may reduce labor costs. There are many indicators that show two alarming statistics.