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Automation 101 - Programming Robots Made Easy

Posted by Mark Guida

Sep 6, 2011 10:43:00 AM

Welcome to Automation 101, a weekly "tips and tricks" post where we will discuss technologies and programming of today's top automation products.

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Topics: cost savings, manufacturing, industrial automation nj/ny, technology, automation control, electric cylinder, motion control

Ancora Imparo: The Key to Knowledge and Improvement

Posted by Mark Guida

Apr 8, 2011 9:33:00 AM

In order to differentiate yourself from the competition, you must engage in life-long learning.  Even if you are currently at the top of your game and leaving your competitors in the dust, you won’t be for long.  Every day new technologies, products, and ideas are reshaping the way we do business and interact with each other.  Just think about the fact that you are reading a blog post on the internet that only five years ago could have been only a random emailed message with no real target audience.  If you go back ten years, you would be throwing a postcard in the trash without even giving it a second look.  To say that stagnation and complacency are dangerous is an understatement.

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Topics: resource, external resource, outsource, outsourcing, technology, core competencies, learning, improvement

Can Outsourcing be Cost Effective for Your Business?

Posted by Mark Guida

Feb 24, 2011 11:11:00 AM

In these times of economic uncertainty, outsourcing has become a popular option to have a small, or sometimes not so small, set of components assembled off-site.  “Outsourcing” used to mean cutting local jobs, but not today.  A more accurate term in today’s market is external resource.   Using external resources offers many benefits to your business.  Below is a short list detailing the top reasons companies have shifted to using external resources.

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Topics: cost savings, manufacturing, cost effective, industrial automation nj/ny, resource, external resource, outsource, outsourcing, technology, core competencies, assembly

Automatic Product Code Verification - Camera or Smart Sensor?

Posted by Mark Guida

Feb 10, 2011 11:40:00 AM


Just about every item you find on a store shelf has some kind of code printed, stamped, or burned into the packaging.  Whether it's simply the product’s part number or a complex string of date and lot codes, verification of these codes is critical.  These codes can be used to track products through the consumer marketplace making consumer support, such as recalling allergy medicine, much easier and more accurately to accomplish.  Missing or incorrect information would render the entire coding process useless.  In the past, random samples of coded products were inspected by hand.  This can be a cost effective solution when it is not necessary to inspect each item coming off the manufacturing line or when quantities are low.  In the case of food or medicine, however, 100% inspection is becoming required more often than not and on a high-speed manufacturing line, hand inspection is useless.  This is when automatic verification of the codes really stands out. 

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Topics: sensor, vision, automated inspection, industrial vision, inspection, validation, lot code, date code, laser sensor