Kel Guerin has been working in the robotics space for more than 10 years, focusing on the design and usability of a wide variety of robots, including systems for space exploration, deep mining, surgery and industrial manufacturing. While obtaining his PhD from Johns Hopkins University, Kel worked specifically on the challenge of making industrial robots more flexible and easy to use. The result was his award winning Forge Operating System and easy-to-use programming interface for industrial robots. Kel spun out his technology into READY Robotics, an industrial robotics start-up he co-founded in 2016. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and READY's products have been called "the Swiss Army knife of robots" by Inc. Magazine.
Robots are more affordable than ever, and the robot programming barrier is being erased by user-friendly programming tools.
After decades of falling prices, robots are far more affordable than ever. Unfortunately, automation is still too expensive for most manufacturers and many applications.
Lights-out manufacturing refers to the manufacturing methodology where factories are fully-automated. While true lights-out factories are still rare today, manufacturers can look to companies like FANUC, in Japan, for inspiration.
Many manufacturers are struggling to find skilled labor for their manufacturing plants? According to the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, 89% of manufacturers are having difficulty finding skilled workers in the United States today.
The switch to automation does require an investment in new technology, and it’s important to evaluate the status of your business before you embark on an investment that may fundamentally change the way your factory operates.
More manufacturers than ever before are turning to automation to remain competitive in the global marketplace. Small businesses and large companies alike are now increasingly relying on robotic automation to free human laborers of repetitive tasks and boost productivity.