How Drones Are Helping Keep Ford Workers Safe

A Ford manufacturing plant is using drones to inspect the facility’s machinery, roofing and other equipment to improve safety while saving money and time. 518536_v2_Ford_Drone

Before putting the drones to work, Ford’s maintenance team put up scaffolding and platforms for the inspections that took 12 hours to complete. It wasn’t just the time and work to put up the scaffolding that was costly. The platform and scaffolding construction made it necessary to close the facility during inspections.

Now, with feet firmly on the ground and controlling drones equipped with GoPro cameras, maintenance workers can thoroughly inspect each area in under 15 minutes. The entire manufacturing facility can be covered in a day, zoning in on hard-to-reach areas to ensure they are well-maintained and comply with rigorous safety standards.CWVAoXKWIAA3h33

“We’d joked about having a robot do the work when there was a lightbulb moment – use drones instead,” said Pat Manning, machining manager, Ford Dagenham Engine Plant. “We used to have to scale heights of up to 50 metres to do the necessary checks on the roof and machining areas. Now we can cover the entire plant in one day and without the risk of team members having to work at dangerous heights.”

Ford’s drones are also being utilized for inspecting pipework, locating air leaks and checking machinery. Ford is now evaluating the possibility of using this high-flying technology at other facilities.

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Dancing Machines Video – A Choreography of Two Thousand Robots Set to Music

“Rhythmic acrobatic… she’s a dynamite attraction,” these lines  the song, “Dancing Machine”,  are coming to life in a new video where 2,000 robots and 1,700 factory workers are moving in unison to build a car body in just over one minute.

The robot ballet takes place in a SEAT sheet metal workshop in Spain where several different types of dancing machines are featured in the mechanical performance. It isn’t just machines, the dancing robots join the efforts of the employees, and final verifications are carried out by the factory workers. People and machines together are able to put together one car body every 68 seconds!

 

 

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The Expanding World of Robotics

More manufacturing operations have robots working on the line today. The army of robots is growing rapidly as 1.7 million new industrial robots are projected to be in operation by 2020.

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The automation of production is accelerating around the world: 74 robot units per 10,000 employees is the new average of global robot density in the manufacturing industries.

Robotics are no longer reserved for a few manufacturing applications. The International Federation of Robotics says between 2015 and 2016, the average number of robot workers globally increased from 66 units per 10,000 human workers to 74.

Robots are at work in a wide range of industries including transportation, retail, medicine, agriculture and much more. The nation with the most robots at work is South Korea with 631 robots per 10,000 human workers. The International Federation of Robotics says this is due to the large number of robots at work in automotive and electronics manufacturing.

Singapore follows, with 488 installed robots for every 10,000 people. About 90% of robots in Singapore are installed in the electronics industry according to the International Federation of Robotics.

Germany is Europe’s most automated country, ranking third worldwide. It has 309 robot workers per 10,000 people.

The newest robots and automation manufacturers from all over the world will be on display at automatica 2018 June 19th through the 22nd in Munich. You can delve into the world of automation and learn more about automatica 2018 online at https://automatica-munich.com/index-2.html

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Made in America – A Difference for Your Neighbors and Our Future

 

Festivals, parades and fireworks displays are all a part of summer fun in the United States. When buying goods for your family do you look for products made in America?sparklers_Flag

I grew up checking to see where products were manufactured. My father and grandfather were union carpenters who stressed it was part of being a good citizen to support American jobs whenever possible.

It is still very important to millions of jobs. Manufacturers contributed $2.18 trillion to the U.S. economy in 2016 according to the National Association of Manufacturers.manufacturing_industrial

 

Deloitte’s Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index finds the United States is no longer the world’s top manufacturing center. While China is the top manufacturing nation currently, Deloitte analysts predict the United States will regain the number one position from China by the end of the decade.

One entrepreneur is giving shoppers new options to buy American. Todd Lipscomb, an Asia expert and former tech industry executive, was so haunted by what he learned living in Asia; he chucked it all to found MadeinUSAforever.com  workman_tools

The website features American-made products in one easy to use site with thousands of small businesses represented. It is one of several websites making it easier to locate American made goods.

Writing about my dad and grandfather and their commitment to buy American whenever possible I want to share this vintage commercial that with a catchy jingle!

Happy birthday America!

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U.S. Small Business Ranked Last? How Could This Be? The New Research

New research got my attention and has me asking a lot of questions.  The report says small-business employment in the United States ranks next to last among 21 most economically advanced nations, according to the Center for Economic and Policy Research. The nonpartisan research organization in Washington D.C. finds the United States has one of the world’s smallest small business sectors.  

The success of American entrepreneurs could be among one of several reasons for the findings.
U.S. small businesses have been more efficient and productive than their counterparts in other industrialized nations. Or other countries have more entrepreneurs-of-necessity? The issue is worth further study since U.S. small businesses have accounted from most of the net job creation for the past 20 years. 

Some other findings of the new research include:

☼The United States is among the 3rd lowest in employment by manufacturers with fewer than 20 workers, 11.1% of the workforce

☼The U.S is last in manufacturing at companies with fewer than 500 employees, 51.2% of the workforce

☼U.S small-business computer-related employment is second to last, 32%

☼U.S. R&D employment at small firms is third to last, 25.3%

 To learn more and view details of the research click here.

Red, White, Blue and Small Business as We Celebrate Our Nation’s Birthday

Festivals, parades and fireworks displays are all a part of the 4th of July…and many small businesses make the products making up the red, white and blue pageantry the holiday holds. The United States remains the globe’s top manufacturer by value of goods produced. For every $1 of value produced in China factories, the United States generates $2.50. 

 

American companies are now producing more goods other nations cannot make, so the “Made in USA” sticker is more likely to be found on technology products, components in other consumer goods or heavy equipment than merchandise commonly found in your local department store.

As we prepare to celebrate our nation’s birthday, one entrepreneur is giving shoppers new options to buy American.  Todd Lipscomb, an Asia expert and former tech industry executive, was so haunted by what he learned living in Asia; he chucked it all to found MadeinUSAforever.com

Already this Website is one of nation’s most visited resources for American-made products, Todd is looking to grow his website MadeintheUSAforever.com and talked with SBTV.com about how small business owners can become a part of the website.  Go to www.sbtv.com and look for more ways to support the small business owners and manufacturers keeping our nation’s communities working!