Robot Democratization: A Machine for Every Manufacturer   

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With collaborative robots proliferating, we wanted to know who’s using these robots and what tasks they’re doing. Design News caught up with Walter Vahey, executive vice-president at Teradyne, a company that helps manufacturers gear up their automation. Vahey sees a real change in the companies that are deploying robotics. For years robots were tools only for the largest manufacturers. They required expensive care and feeding in the form of integrators and programming. Now, collaborative robots require configuration rather than programming, and they can be quickly switched from task to task.

Vahey talked about robot companies such as Universal Robots (UR) which produces robot arms, and MiR, a company that produces collaborative mobile robots. He explained how they’re putting robotics in the hands of smaller manufacturers that previously could not afford advanced automation. The difference is that these robots are less expensive, they can be set up for production without programming, and they can be quickly reconfigured to change tasks.

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Robots are now within the investment reach of small manufacturers. That's fueling a surge in the use of collaborative robots. (Image source: Universal Robots)

We asked Vahey what’s different about collaborative robots and what he’s seeing in robot adoption among smaller manufacturers.

Design News: Tell us about the new robots and how they’re getting deployed.

Walter Vahey: Companies such as Universal Robots and MiR are pioneering the robot space. They’re bringing automation to a broad class of users and democratizing automation. For small companies, the task at hand is to figure out how to fulfill their orders. It’s particularly challenging to manufacturers. In a tight labor market, manufacturers are facing more competition, growing demand, and higher expectations in quality.

Manufacturer can plug UR or MiR robots in very quickly. Everything is easy, from the specs up front to ordering to quickly arranging and training the robot. There’s no programming, and the robots have the flexibility to do a variety of applications. Every customer is dealing with labor challenges, so now they’re deploying collaborative robots to fulfill demand with high quality.

The whole paradigm has shifted now that you have a broader range of robot applications. You can easily and quickly bring in automation, plug it in ,and get product moving in hours or days rather than months. That’s what’s driving the growth at UR and MiR.

The Issue of Change Management

Design News: Is change management a hurdle?. Does the robot cause workforce disruption?

Walter Vahey: We really haven’t seen that as an issue. The overwhelming need to improve and fulfill demand at a higher quality level helps the manufacturers deploy. It outweighs other challenges. We help with the deployment, and the manufacturers are making the change easily.

We grew up as a supplier of electronic test equipment. Since 2015, we’ve entered the industrial automation market with a focus on the emerging collaborative robot space. We see that as a way to change the equation for manufacturers, making it faster and easier to deploy automation.

Design News: What about return on investment? Robotics can be a considerable investment for a small company/

Walter Vahey: The customers today are looking for relatively short ROI, and we’re seeing it from 6 months to a year. That’s a no brainer for manufacturers. They’re ready to jump in.

We work hard to make deployment less of an issue. We have an application builder, and we use it to prepare for deployment. The new user may have a pick-and-place operation. They choose the gripper, and we guide them to partners who make it easy to deploy.

The application builder helps the customer pick the gripper. The whole object is to get the customer deployed rapidly so the automation doesn’t sit. With MiR, the robot comes in, and we find an easy application for the mobile device. We take the robot around the plant and map it. We’ve work to guide customers through an application quickly and make the robot productive as soon as possible.

There are hundreds of partners that work with UR and MiR, providing grippers and end effectors. We have a system that customers can plug into. Customer can look at grippers from a wide range of companies. We’re not working just on the robot deployment. We work to get the whole system deployed so they can quickly get the ROI.

What Tasks Are the Robots Taking On?

Design News: Who in the plant is using the robots, and what tasks are involved?

Walter Vahey: There is a range of users. To be effective at training a robot and configuring it, the people best suited for it are the ones most aware of the task. To get the robot to be effective you have to know the task. By and large, the person who has been doing that task is best suited to train the robot. That person can then train other robots. Nobody’s better suited to do it than the people who know what needs to be done.

The tasks are broad set of applications. We automate virtually any task and any material movement. It’s not quite that simple, but it’s close. With UR, we’re doing machine learning, grinding, packing, pick-and-place, repetitive tasks, welding. It’s a very broad set of applications. In materials it’s also very broad. Parts going from a warehouse to a work cell, and then from the work cell to another work cell, up to a 1000-kilo payload. We’re moving robots into warehousing and logistics space, even large pieces of metal. The robots are well suited for long runs of pallets of materials.

Rob Spiegel has covered automation and control for 19 years, 17 of them for Design News. Other topics he has covered include supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cyber security. For 10 years, he was owner and publisher of the food magazine Chile Pepper.

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IoT dangers demand a dedicated group   

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The internet of things (IoT) brings with it a wide range of IT security headaches, along with compliance nightmares — and turf wars.

Internal problem No. 1: Departments that typically have little to no interactions with IT are now directly ordering corporate IoT devices. Maybe you've got Facilities purchasing IoT door locks or Maintenance buying a ton of IoT light bulbs. Given that those departments have been purchasing door locks and light bulbs for as long as anyone can remember and have never needed IT or security's signoff, this can be a problem.

Internal problem No. 2: In many ways, IoT devices (think of devices for tracking pallets on ships or for monitoring where every fleet car is and how fast it's been driven) are very different from anything else that IT or security has dealt with. The units are capturing data that has never been tracked before — Hello, Compliance. Go away, GDPR regulator — and in different ways, such as bypassing enterprise LANs and cloud networks and using internal antennas to directly communicate.

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Fire rips through pallets at Rocklea factory (7 News)   

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Fire crews have managed to stop a pallet fire at a premises at Rocklea from spreading to a neighbouring factory.
          

UPS Cargo Handler   

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FL-Miami, UPS is hiring individuals to work as full-time Cargo Handlers for Vacation Relief in our Cargo Warehouse. Job duties include processing inbound cargo in a timely, efficient and accurate manner. Additional job duties will include storing and transporting pallets to loader for aircraft loading, secure pallets in proper aircraft position and assist in other cargo services departments as required by w
          

Warehouse Worker   

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Description:
Adecco is currently seeking an experienced Warehouse worker in Navarre, Ohio for a temporary to possible hire opportunity. If you meet the qualifications listed below – Apply Now!
Responsibilities for a Warehouse worker include but are not limited to the following:
• Pull, Pack, Rework product
• Build Pallets to get ready for shipment
Candidates must meet the following requirements for consideration:

• Must be able to lift up to 50 LBS
• Must be willing to work until all work is completed for the day
• Must be able to pass client specific background and drug screen

Pay Rate is $9.00/hr. Position is a day shift position

Click on “Apply Now” to be considered for this position or any other warehouse related opportunities with Adecco.
          

Stock Clerk-General Labor   

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Adecco is assisting a local client recruiting for multiple Stock Clerk - General Labor jobs in Hilliard, OH. This is a great opportunity to earn some supplemental income working the first week of every month. As a General Labor associate you will be responsible for using a pallet jack to more materials with a warehouse / production setting. Apply Now if you meet the qualifications listed below!

Responsibilities for this General Labor job include:

¿ Utilize a hand pallet jack to move pallets of supplies to appropriate area
¿ Follow defined procedures and adhere to quality standards
¿ Empty trash and cardboard into appropriate Compactor
¿ Weigh the finished product as necessary
¿ Clean production floor

Qualifications:

¿ High School Diploma or GED
¿ Walk on concrete floor for the majority of your shift
¿ Able to work independently and meet deadlines
¿ Self-motivated and work under minimal supervision
¿ Must be able to lift 50 lbs


Click on Apply Now to be considered for this Stock Clerk - General Labor job in Hilliard, OH or any related opportunities with Adecco.


*THIS POSITION BEGINS FEBRUARY 2015*
          

General Warehouse Positions   

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Adecco is assisting a local client recruiting for multiple Warehouse jobs in Hilliard, OH. This is a great opportunity to earn some supplemental income. We are currently seeking associates for quality control, general labor, and machine operator openings on all shifts on either 8 or 12 hour shift preferentials. Job training will be provided for all positions. Apply now if you meet the qualifications listed below!



Entry Level - Machine Operator:



Move boxes of inserts and envelopes throughout the warehouse, fill hopper with inserts and envelopes, weigh the finished product as necessary.


Stock Clerk - General Labor



Utilize a hand pallet jack to move pallets of supplies to appropriate area, empty trash and cardboard into appropriate Compactor, clean production floor.


Quality Control - Mail Clerk



Ensure the correct forms, envelopes, and inserts are being used, weigh the finished product as necessary, fold statements per customer specifications
Certify that the address is properly aligned in the envelope window, verify print quality, cut, and trim of all documents, ensure all envelopes are sealed properly prior to shipping


Qualifications for these roles include:



High School Diploma or GED
· Walk/Stand on concrete floor for the majority of your shift

· Able to work independently and meet deadlines

· Must be able to lift 50 lbs





Click on Apply Now to be considered for this Quality Control - Warehouse job in Hilliard, OH or any related opportunities with Adecco.


*THIS POSITION BEGINS FEBRUARY 2015*





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Warehouse - 1st Shift   

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Adecco is currently assisting a local client in their search to fill a Warehouse Material Handler in Groveport, OH. This is a long term temporary opportunity. Apply now if you meet the following qualifications. If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact the Grove City office 614-277-4879. Thank you.

Qualifications:

Experienced material handlers needed! You must have relative experience in the last 12 months. You will be responsible for order picking, loading, unloading, restacking product and inspection. These positions require cross training, you must be flexible with working in various areas. Must be able to lift up to 50lbs and stand for long periods. Must be reliable, productive and accurate.


Material Handler Positions:
• Receiver: Unload trucks using pallet jacks and forklift, use RF scan.
• STB Tester: Load units onto carts and trays, plug in and run test.
• Refurber: Clean and perform simple cosmetic upgrades to cable boxes.
• Quality Control/Pack Out: Visual inspection of the units, route to appropriate area.
• Shipper: Prepare pallets for shipment, data entry, loading trucks.


Work schedule/pay:
PAY: $10.00 per hour

HOURS:

1st shift: 7:00am - 3:30pm
Monday - Friday Weekend overtime is mandatory as requested


Please apply if you meet the following requirements:

• Attention to detail
• Stable work history
• Must have a HS diploma or GED
• Must have reliable transportation
• Must be able to lift 50lbs
• Experience working with an RF scan gun
• Be able to pass a background/drug screening
• Able to stand for extended periods of time
• Previous warehouse or pick and pack strongly preferred at least 6 months
• Must be comfortable working in different weather conditions (hot/cold)
• Must be able to work the required day/hours of the position
• Must be comfortable working in a fast paced work environment


Adecco provides one of the most comprehensive benefits package in the industry to contract workers. Benefits available to you as a contractor after one week of employment include:

Medical Coverage - Access to an affordable and comprehensive group medical coverage plan 401(k) - Adecco offers all temporary employees the ability to participate in a 401(k) savings program
Pay Options/Direct Deposit - Make it as easy as possible for you to get paid
Service Bonus - Rewarding employees who make an extended work commitment
Paid Holidays - Selected paid holiday, based on accrued hour requirements
State-of-the-Art Career Center - Training and resources available for all employees
Highly trained and professional staff - Our team cares about you and your career!

Click on Apply Now to be considered for this position or any other warehouse related opportunities with Adecco.
          

Warehouse - 2nd Shift   

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Adecco is currently assisting a local client in their search to fill a Warehouse Material Handler in Groveport, OH. This is a long term temporary opportunity. Apply now if you meet the following qualifications. If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact the Grove City office 614-277-4879. Thank you.

Qualifications:

Experienced material handlers needed! You must have relative experience in the last 12 months. You will be responsible for order picking, loading, unloading, restacking product and inspection. These positions require cross training, you must be flexible with working in various areas. Must be able to lift up to 50lbs and stand for long periods. Must be reliable, productive and accurate.


Material Handler Positions:
• Receiver: RF scan.
• STB Tester: Load units onto carts and trays, plug in and run test.
• Refurber: Clean and perform simple cosmetic upgrades to cable boxes.
• Quality Control/Pack Out: Visual inspection of the units, route to appropriate area.
• Shipper: Prepare pallets for shipment, data entry, loading trucks.


Work schedule/pay:
PAY: $10.50 per hour

HOURS:
2nd shift: 3:45pm - 12:15am
Monday - Friday Weekend overtime is mandatory as requested

Please apply if you meet the following requirements:

• Attention to detail
• Stable work history
• Must have a HS diploma or GED
• Must have reliable transportation
• Must be able to lift 50lbs
• Experience working with an RF scan gun
• Be able to pass a background/drug screening
• Able to stand for extended periods of time
• Previous warehouse or pick and pack strongly preferred at least 6 months
• Must be comfortable working in different weather conditions (hot/cold)
• Must be able to work the required day/hours of the position
• Must be comfortable working in a fast paced work environment


Adecco provides one of the most comprehensive benefits package in the industry to contract workers. Benefits available to you as a contractor after one week of employment include:

Medical Coverage - Access to an affordable and comprehensive group medical coverage plan 401(k) - Adecco offers all temporary employees the ability to participate in a 401(k) savings program
Pay Options/Direct Deposit - Make it as easy as possible for you to get paid
Service Bonus - Rewarding employees who make an extended work commitment
Paid Holidays - Selected paid holiday, based on accrued hour requirements

          

High MSRP Bulk Pallets Auction - All New items, High MSRP (perfect for garage sales, flea markets, fund raisers) - Santa Rosa - Thursday, October 17th - 6:30PM   

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Items in this auction may be overstocks or returns, new or used, perfect or broken. We share what we know about each item in pictures, titles or descriptions but we don't always know, don't test most items, and don't accept returns, exchanges or offer refunds.  If you have not previewed an item (physically inspected it in person) and must make an assumption about that item before bidding, assume it is broken unless the description states otherwise; the item is probably fine but it is always better to be safe than sorry.



          

Forklift Operator   

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FL-Orlando, A growing distribution company in Orlando, FL is looking for certified forklift operators that have Sit down forklift 4-prong experience. Responsibilities: Driving a forklift Operating a can crusher Driving a scrubber machine Sweep warehouse Restacking damaged pallets Working hours: 8:00 PM - 6:30 AM Skills: *6 months minimum experience with SITDOWN Education: High School Experience: Experienced Q
          

KY FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT FACTORY FIRE   

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GLASGOW, Ky.- A Glasgow firefighter was injured Sunday while battling a blaze at a motor parts facility. The Glasgow Fire Department responded to the Federal-Mogul facility at 20 Aberdeen Drive. According to a news release, 800-1,000 wood pallets were on fire. Officials said that fire was caused by the storage of smoldering materials placed too […]
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