Archive For: Manufacturing

Pneumatic Success at Ridgeline Machine

Pneumatic Success at Ridgeline Machine

Ridgeline Machine made extensive use of pneumatics when building a low-cost, small-footprint, portable traymaker to replace a manual process for one of their customers. Ridgeline Machine Design, LLC (RMD), founded in 2012, is primarily a packaging machinery producer, and the company’s owners have over 40 years experience designing and building custom machinery. RMD builds packaging ... Read More
 
Manufacturing Wants You – Issue 29, 2014

Manufacturing Wants You – Issue 29, 2014

As veterans leave the military, manufacturers are recruiting for their skills. I grew up in Dalton, Georgia. Known as the “Carpet Capitol of the World,” it seemed there was either a carpet mill or a carpet dealer on every corner.
 
Reducing Total Cost of Ownership – Issue 24, 2012

Reducing Total Cost of Ownership – Issue 24, 2012

Automation is a key component when developing strategies to help customers reduce their operating costs. Many times when making buying decisions, people look only at the initial price of an item without considering other factors that contribute to the overall cost of owning that product. For example, a certain laptop may seem like a great ... Read More
 
Cloud Computing in the Forecast – Issue 23, 2012

Cloud Computing in the Forecast – Issue 23, 2012

Cloud-based applications promise to deliver benefits for industrial applications, but implementation challenges exist. Cloud computing is becoming increasingly attractive for business and personal applications where its low cost solutions and fast deployment help companies and individuals save time and money. Many people already use the cloud for document management, data backup, Web mail, and music ... Read More
 
Is It Time to Upgrade Your Control System? – Issue 19, 2011

Is It Time to Upgrade Your Control System? – Issue 19, 2011

Are your machine or robot control systems good enough, or should you make a change? The machines and robots you build work well. You’ve kept up with periodic improvements. Most of your support calls are predictable. Why rock the boat? As a machine or robot builder OEM, you understand the favorable economics of selling machines ... Read More
 
Internet Use Clicks with Machine, Robot Builders – Issue 21, 2011

Internet Use Clicks with Machine, Robot Builders – Issue 21, 2011

Machine and robot builders are increasingly turning to the Internet for product research. The Internet has become a legitimate avenue for researching automation products needed by machine and robot builders, and the use of vendor websites is emerging as the primary method for doing product research. Control Design magazine began asking its readers about their ... Read More
 
Maintaining Machine Quality While Reducing Time to Market – Issue 18, 2010

Maintaining Machine Quality While Reducing Time to Market – Issue 18, 2010

Machine and robot builder OEMs and their end user customers face similar challenges. For OEMs in a highly competitive market, quick machine delivery can make the difference between getting the order and losing it to a competitor. In a challenging economy, end users tend to take more time making machine upgrade or purchasing decisions. However, ... Read More
 
Industry Slims Down, Peps Up – Issue 15, 2009

Industry Slims Down, Peps Up – Issue 15, 2009

Manufacturers Are Discovering That Producing Smarter Means Cutting Energy It now seems like a thousand years ago, but before the wave of economic bad news, many managers and executives had been weighed down by out of control energy prices, and with a fear that the world was reaching peak oil production and things would get ... Read More
 
Automating the Bottom Line – Issue 14, 2009

Automating the Bottom Line – Issue 14, 2009

Metcam is a manufacturing company located in Alpharetta, Georgia, just north of Atlanta. Founded in 1989, the company specializes in custom sheet metal fabrication serving a diverse industry base including commercial HVAC, healthcare, electronics, automotive, food service and air filtration. Metcam provides many value-added services such as metal finishing, custom coatings, electronic assembly, packaging and ... Read More