Hot Off the Press
Fanuc Robotics Certifies Ultra Tech Machinery
Monday, September 27, 2004
Ultra Tech Machinery, Inc., Cuyahoga Falls, OH, has been awarded the rank of Certified Integrator by Fanuc Robotics, Rochester Hills, MI. Ultra Tech will sell and integrate Fanuc robots exclusively, for press-tending cells, palletizing, machine loading and unloading, and polishing/deburring. It offers turnkey robotic and dedicated automation systems, including design, integration and installation, as well as on-site training for maintenance and operator personnel.
Robotics Industry Directory Available
Friday, September 24, 2004
The 2004-05 Robotics Industry Directory, profiling 184 suppliers, is available from the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, MI. Included is a new and improved User’s Guide to Robot Systems Integrators, and a pullout poster commemorating RIA’s 30th anniversary. The association was founded in 1974 as a trade group representing robot manufacturers, users, system integrators, component suppliers, research groups and consulting firms. Request a free copy of the directory at www.roboticsonline.com
Study Shows that Product Redesigns
Could Slow Foreign Outsourcing
Thursday, September 23, 2004
“It can be more advantageous for U.S. manufacturers to lower costs by redesigning products than by outsourcing production to other countries such as China,” concludes a new benchmarking study titled “Improved Product Design Practices Would Make U.S. Manufacturing More Cost Effective: A Case to Consider Before Outsourcing to China.” The study, from software maker Boothroyd Dewhurst, Wakefield, RI, implies that U.S. companies should do a better job of integrating cost analysis into product design, to enable the development of innovative products that are more economical to produce in the United States. Two design best practices identified to make this happen: redesign products to minimize part count and cost; and, carefully account for all of the costs associated with offshore sourcing and apply those added costs to the total product costs.
Boothroyd Dewhurst, developer of software for Design for Manufacture and Assembly, offers the text of the study online at www.dfma.com/truecost