Types of Rollers and How They Are Used

Rollers are widely used components that serve the simple yet surprisingly diverse functions of facilitating and processing material and product movements in manufacturing and/or industrial settings.  While standard rollers are rollers actually touching the material, there are also conveyor rollers ...

Swaging: A Deformation

In the simplest of terms, products are generally made by functionally assembling various parts. Product design and assembly/production technology enabling stable product quality at low cost (in other words, products that are easy to make) are key to this assembly ...

Component Alignment Technology

The parts feeder component alignment technology has been a mature technology since the industrial automation became popular since the early 1970s. But miniaturization of the parts to be aligned has increased the difficulty levels of alignment methods. For parts aligning, ...

Go Big: Large Automation Design

As automation becomes more demanding there is a need for stronger materials and larger equipment. In this post, we review large automation design techniques to be considered in the design phase of large-scale manufacturing machines. Required Performance for the Large ...

To Step and To Serve: Motors

Small motors can be categorized into motors to obtain power by converting electrical energy to rotational energy, and motors for control where rotational position and velocity are regulated to achieve specific control purposes. The latter is mainly used for automation ...

The Internet of Things – What is Industry 4.0?

We’ve covered what is IoT, security and now onto manufacturing. The internet of things has not only affected consumers and developed new organizations. It has affected the manufacturing industry in a variety of ways. The industrial revolution started with steam ...

Supply Chain Management Pt 3: Manufacturing & Operations

Supply-Chain Council developed ‘SCOR”: Supply Chain Operations Reference Model.  It is built around six major processes: plan, source, make, deliver, return and enable.  It measures supply chain performance via standardized methods. There is a plethora of information and processes under ...

Supply Chain Management Pt 1: Introduction

The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)’s definition of supply chain management: “Supply chain management encompasses the planning and management of all activities involved in sourcing and procurement, conversion, and all logistics management activities. Importantly, it also includes coordination ...