Tag Archives: Planned Downtime

Light it Up! Industrial Stack Lights are old news…

I am seriously excited about the new Smart Light.  It will revolutionize how we automate and interface with people working in the manufacturing environment.  If you didnt watch this video… you need to watch this video. Even if you don’t … Continue reading

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Implement Hassle Free Tool Changes

From conversations with many of our customers, I have found that there are two key problems encountered when working with tool change-outs:

Tool Identification: “How do I know I have the right tool in there for the right job at the right time?”
Cables & Connectors: “How do I remember every time to disconnect them before the tooling is removed? We spend thousands each year repairing dies with the cordsets torn out.”
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Reducing Planned/Unplanned Downtime with Vision Sensors; Part 3

Part 3 of a 3 part series on reducing downtime with vision sensors. In this last installment of this series, I will show some specific examples of how vision sensors have been used in packaging and show two case studies exemplifying the benefits customers achieved with the use of vision in their processes. Continue reading

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I Can Do Quick Recipe Changes on the Fly, Can You?

In my recent travels of the east coast from Boston to Tampa, customers have been looking for quality solutions to be able to run multiple products, and multiple sizes, and multiple form-factors, all on one production line. Two things about this seem to be in every application: 1) Change-over needs to be simple for the operators. 2) Management needs to see the cost/time savings, be it planned or unplanned downtime. But how can I do multiple recipes or multiple jobs on one machine? Continue reading

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Automatic Size Change on a Budget – Part 1

Increasingly, flexible manufacturing systems are being employed to allow the same equipment to produce a variety of different products, depending on demand. The key to the economic success of these systems is keeping changeover time to a minimum. Short changeover times mean more average production per hour and a smaller economical lot size. The time spent changing over a machine is part of what is called planned downtime. Planned downtime, if left unmanaged, can become a real sap on overall productivity. Continue reading

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Reducing Planned/Unplanned Downtime with Vision Sensors; Part 2

Part 2 of a 3 part series on reducing downtime with vision sensors. In this second part of vision sensors in packaging, I will specifically describe how vision is used to reduce planned and unplanned downtime and compare discrete versus the use of vision to achieve the same goals of error proofing a process and runtime improvement. Continue reading

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Reducing Planned/Unplanned Downtime with Vision Sensors; Part 1

One of the things I am often asked about is “why use machine vision in packaging”? There are many reasons, including dealing with the perceived complexity of serviceability and cost. I will show you where the use of vision in packaging can significantly decrease a major cost factor called “planned downtime”, along with other benefits in this 3 part blog series – so stay tuned for my later posts. Continue reading

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