Robotics in Manufacturing Will Create New Opportunities

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Almost everyone knows that the future lies in automation. Industrial robotics leads the way for most manufacturing economies around the world. And now, the use of robotics in manufacturing is showing promise and growth in the United States as well.

Advanced and specialized manufacturing has become a necessary part of our industry’s expansion. The days of reserving robotics exclusively for the automotive industry are gone. We need them in every form of manufacturing, from precision defense-based manufacturing to small and medium sized enterprises. Robotics are continuously changing and revolutionizing the industry by becoming smarter, more efficient, and more cost-effective. Nevertheless, fears about the consistency of work and the need for human labor continue to rise in response to the presence of advanced manufacturing.

What can automation do and why so much popularity recently?

Imagine robots being trained by people to do tasks, adapting at whatever difficulty, and even creating new practical approaches towards outdated methods. This requires a huge investment in research in everything from sensor technologies to artificial intelligence. The old robot was unilateral, not adaptable, and could cause danger in human interaction. The industrial robot of tomorrow should think creatively alongside humans, to solve problems. It should also solve multiple tasks and could oversee everything from testing products to packaging.

What does Collaboration look like?

This integration of robots as a primary part of the manufacturing industry will also change how we see our employee and management roles in the workplace. While market moguls like Mark Cuban (who recently demanded that President Trump invests over $100 Billion in robotics research) require an increase in automation, Cuban and his contemporaries also see the role of the human laborer changing. STEM abilities come into play with design, engineering, and technology interaction based capacities for the future manufacturing worker. Soft skills also become desirable for future employees in the transition towards automation. Programming is necessary, but finding creative solutions to the problems that will arise in that future economy is more pivotal. Humans will work with automated robotics in the future mechanical manufacturing industry, and not only in repairs.

 Job Taker or Creator?

So, is the market going to be overtaken by “bot-sourcing?” The chances are that while you’ll see more robots on the manufacturing floor, you’ll also see humans at their side providing skills and abilities that robots may not have. The role of the human worker will not disappear, but change to fit with automation technologies. This means we need to train a future workforce to be adaptable and embrace the robotics revolution that is here.

 

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Workshop for Warriors: Changing the Lives of Veterans

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Sometimes the transition from military life to one of a civilian can be difficult and fraught with setbacks. With alarming unemployment rates and an even harsher reality of high suicide rates among our Nation’s military veterans, it’s our turn to give back and respond to these issues in the manufacturing industry with innovative solutions.

That’s exactly what ex-naval officer Hernan Luis y Prado decided in his retirement. As the creator of Workshop for Warriors, he strives to create an efficient solution for veterans to add some fulfillment back into their professional lives. This program educates, trains and sets-up a veteran’s life for professional preparation and employment in the manufacturing industry.

Workshop for Warriors. Remember the name when you see a veteran in need of assistance and purpose.

Investing in Professional Fulfillment?

The unemployment rate of veterans is absurdly high. Their reintegration into the professional life is an essential problem for all of us as citizens. They deserve an opportunity, just like the rest of us, to educate themselves and train for positions in the manufacturing community.

Workshop for Warriors is a San Diego-based solution with a campus that has grown significantly in the past few years. They aim to connect veterans to opportunities not only in California but nationwide. Their goals are to continue growing in numbers and expanding certifications from the G.I. bill process so that veterans all around the country can use these benefits for their program.

Adapting to Contemporary Manufacturing

Workshop for Warriors provides a plethora of certification training programs. They also cover most certificates required and recognized nationally by the manufacturing industry. The American Welding Society, the National Institute for Metalworking Skills, Mastercam University, Solidworks, Immerse2Learn, and the National Coalition of Certification Centers are the base of their certification goals.

Their curriculum also covers STEM necessities including computer-based design and manufacturing. They realize that as the industry changes, so will the training for the workers. The presence of Automation is ever-increasing in our industry, so the changes will be immense when it comes to terms of education and job preparation of veterans.

 Why the need?

Our economy is changing, and sooner or later the baby boomer generation that makes up most our workforce will soon disappear. Assisting veterans with these positions will not only demonstrate a position of caring but a necessity that we need as manufacturers: well-trained, loyal employees that have a disciplined style and motivation to learn and change. Workshop for Warriors provides us a window to intelligently solve the problems of our industry and the problems of veterans, effectively changing their lives for the better and helping them become a productive part of our economy.

 

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Deburring Racing Components for Performance and Longetivity

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The problem with anything made from metal, be it aluminum or steel, is that there are always imperfections and blemishes that cause a lot of hassle for those looking for performance quality. This is particularly the case in high-stakes situations—auto racing for example, where every millisecond of performance is crucial.

Deburring of the engine and other metal parts of the car is essential for racers. With a lot of patience, you can give your engine block or other key racing components the preparation and maintenance it needs to keep her running smooth and lasting longer after much use. Check out these tips and you’ll see how the deburring process is right for all your performance necessities.

Just Do it

Yea so this might be an overwhelming task. You’ll have to set aside some time for deburring. Both new stock engine and older engines need deburring for optimal performance. However, some drivers have a hard time seeing their beloved hood empty during this process.

Align-honing your mains is time well spent. Cleaning out every nook and cranny of the blocks can really pay off. For best results, leave it to a professional for precision work. However, less-professional racers can sometimes do this at home. Regardless, get your hands dirty or find someone you trust and you’ll see the effects it can have.

Investigate the Ways

There’s a lot of ways that you can get started on that old block to improve performance, and each has its approach, costs, and results. Your choice of approach may differ on your need and your level of racing. If you’re an amateur enthusiast working from your garage, you can go for a “by hand” approach although it’ll take the most amount of time. You can also use abrasives to help you out, which is what most professionals use in their process. A new cold air blasting method has been used for those who don’t want to get all chemical on their intimate engine parts. It uses an icy blast of air to displace the burrs and works wonderfully on cast parts.

More than Just the engine

All the parts of a vehicle used in racing can have blemishes. Whether aluminum or steel, these parts should be taken care of intricately by a deburring process. Take special care of gears, especially in the transmission. Superfinishing can not only extend the life of the parts but increase the performance also.

Remember that these processes and approaches are ideas for maintaining and improving your race car components. While they may take an investment of money and time, they pay off in the long run. If you are unsure about what process is best for your performance parts within the engine, transmission, or drive train, give us a call!

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