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Building Futures Through Automation!

  • Are Industrial Robots Right for You?

    by Sky Goller

    If you’re considering introducing industrial robots into your production line, it is a good idea to examine all the advantages and disadvantages they will bring to your company. Industrial robots increase the efficiency of your production process because; there are endless amounts of tasks and functions they can be programmed to carry out. Robots have a higher accuracy level which allows them to achieve higher quality products while using a fraction of the time and resources that humans in your production line would. Continue reading

  • Collaborative Robots For CNC

    by Yesenia Vasquez

    Who knew all those old robot movies would end up having some truth to them? Technology continues to advance with each day that passes and robotic tech continues growing. Collaborative robot arms are in style just like ripped jeans, but why are they so helpful?

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  • Five Questions to Ask Before Automating

    Robot with end of arm tooling1. What is your automation goal?

    People come to us with many reasons to automate. The most common reasons our customers bring to us is improved productivity, improved quality, reduced scrap, safety, and much more. A clearly defined and communicated goal prior to project launch will help ensure success before dollar one is spent. All too often we are brought in to fix a competitor’s solution where goals weren’t defined early enough, leading to disappointment and sometimes failure to execute.

    2. What should I automate first?

    Starting automation on your factory floor can be daunting. We recommend looking at new technologies to find the easiest application you have that is guaranteed to be successful. Automation can be broken down, so you can get your feet wet with easy applications and quick payback instead of jumping in headfirst. Starting small gives you the experience to understand the technology and its capabilities. After the first success, you will have a better idea of whether the tougher projects are viable or not. It’s easy to get caught up in automation. It’s exciting (trust us, we understand). However, customers often have grandiose automation ideas that can end up costing an arm and a leg. Our job is to find a cost effective, consistent solution that is often better suited than the original proposed idea.

    3. Will the automation solution be safe?

    This is a very common question and is at the heart of why collaborative robots were designed in the first place. You can find dozens of online videos showing “collaborative” robots performing all types of tasks. How safely any robot will interact with humans is first determined by how clearly defined the robots presentation, task performance and delivery of any automation project is outlined. Our goal is to help the customer address things like robot speed, collision concerns and force calculation. Humans are still the most amazing and agile ‘robots’ on the planet. Understanding fully the tasks to be automated and being sensitive regarding safety and surrounding will ensure a future where humans and robots work harmoniously together. This is a true collaboration between humans and robots. We suggest you partner with a supplier that can help you determine whether an application is collaborative or industrial and provide you with comprehensive risk assessments and collaborative calculations. It’s tempting to save money by deploying a solution yourself. However, an improperly applied collaborative robot that hurts a person can seriously damage a company’s reputation.

    4. What impact will this have on existing employees?

    There are many negative associations with robotics or automation these days. Robots are frequently viewed as a threat to people’s livelihoods, however, especially in the collaborative robot market, many employees find robots to be a welcome addition to the team. Robots can handle the dirty, dangerous, or dull jobs people don’t really want to do. By acquiring these difficult jobs, employees are left with more meaningful duties that robots just can’t complete.

    5. How exactly will it handle my parts?

    End-effectors or end-of-arm tooling is how the arm of the robot interacts with your product. We are often brought in to fix a competitor’s design. Make sure you work with a supplier that has experience with designing end-effectors. Don’t be afraid to ask for a proof of concept to show you the details ahead of time. You may have to pay a little more, but it is money well spent to know exactly that what you will be getting will work perfectly.

  • Should you develop an Safe Quality Food system?

    Why develop and SQF compliant system?

    The SQF (Safe Quality Food) Institute is recognized by GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) which gives companies the recognition they need to supply products to leading manufacturers and retailers worldwide. More and more food processors and food packaging manufacturers recognize the importance of becoming SQF certified to meet customer demands and to stay competitive in the marketplace. To become certified:

    • Facilities must verify and validate the existing compressed air used is clean and free of any contamination that could harm the food or consumer.

    • In situations where compressed air comes into contact with food, either directly or indirectly, high efficiency filters must be in place at point-of-use.

    • Facilities must have a preventative maintenance program in place to ensure proper filter maintenance as well as regularly testing compressed air to verify there is no bacteria present.

    • When testing for bacteria, aseptic sample collection needs to be used. (Testing will be conducted either in-house or by contracted third party)

    SQF Code 11.5.7.1

    SQF Code 11.5.7.1 applies to compressed air that comes into contact with food product, food contact surfaces and food packaging.

    SQF Code 11.5.7.2

    SQF 11.5.7.2 requires testing at a minimum of once per year to validate that the compressed air filtration systems meet SQF guidelines around 11.5.7.1.

     

    Brenner-Fiedler ensures that compressed air used in manufacturing processes is clean and presents no risk to food safety by addressing SQF code standards in company facilities. We can also help verify that your facility will meet testing standards by providing self-testing devices like the Parker Balston Compressed Air Microbial Testing Unit (CAMTU).

    The Parker Balston CAMTU device provides the ability to test compressed air for bacteria on site to meet SQF requirements without the necessity of a costly third party. The CAMTU detection device enables fast and easy testing for contamination in compressed air supplies used with food products or food packaging and processing equipment.

    Lightweight- The CAMTU unit weighs less than a pound and is ergonomically designed for ease of use.

    Innovative Design- Unlike the conventional agar plate, this unique CAMTU agar plate provides more compressed air exposure.

    Durable- The CAMTU unit is constructed of durable polypropylene that allows it to be easily sanitized.

    Assure buyers and customers that your food has been produce, processed and handled according to the highest standards. Contact us today.

  • The very first vacuum lifter of Industry 4.0

    piLIFT® SMART, a genuine breakthrough in vacuum lifting. Smarter, more energy-efficient, quieter, ergonomic by design, and utilizing the same principles of physics as all vacuum lifters, Piab’s piLIFT® SMART represents a paradigm shift as the market’s first Industry 4.0 ready vacuum lifter. piLIFT® SMART takes ergonomic vacuum lifting to a new and higher level, essential for meeting our customers’ needs and to ensure the continued development and success of their industries.

    Smart data features based on internet connectivity enable Piab’s piLIFT® SMART vacuum lifter to deliver on the promises of Industry 4.0. Sensing and monitoring movements and responding quickly to user intentions, the user-friendly vacuum lifter will lift and weigh loads simultaneously, collect and log data, making process statistics and analyses immediately accessible to the user through web platform log-in.

    Every aspect of piLIFT® SMART has been designed with ergonomics and natural movements in mind. From the shape of the handle (enabling right- and left-handed use), the hand guard and the possibility to grip from the side and to rotate objects, to the placement of variable speed controls and a minimized operating sound level, the design of piLIFT® SMART has been guided by ergonomics and the wellbeing of users. Significantly reducing the risk of staff injuries, these vacuum lifters can reduce the load on the operator’s body by more than 80 percent, while at the same optimizing productivity.

    With a reduced power consumption of 76 %, this adds to the benefits of the patented technology underpinning the new vacuum lifter. With capacity to lift objects weighing 90 lb, piLIFT® SMART offers the very best vacuum lifting technology to customers in a broad range of industries. In fact, the addition of low energy consumption, minimal sound levels and smart data features enables the quick and intuitive piLIFT® SMART to elevate vacuum lifting to a higher level where it reigns supreme.

  • New age vision tools for quality control

    The new generation of modern consumer protection laws are becoming more comprehensive and all inclusive. As a result, the manufacturing industry is shifting safety and quality control focus from reactive damage control measures to proactive quality control implementations. It is widely recognized that most of these quality related issues arise due to faulty product or packaging, contamination or incorrect labelling.

    We can all recall the many instances when companies have had to recall entire stock of food, medicine or electronic goods because they were unable to trace the cause and extent of fault for contamination. This not only causes unnecessary wastage but also deals a blow to the company reputation and consumer trust in the product, not to mention the losses to the consumer themselves.

    Vision inspection systems offer new age quality control checks that not only help to quickly identify and trace the faulty products or processes but also help to prevent such failures before they happen. When talking about such vision inspection systems the two major points of importance are speed and accuracy. While speed is important for ensuring delivery timelines, accuracy is equally essential in identifying faults on the assembly line itself which will go a long way in preventing troublesome recalls and investigations later on. Modern vision inspection systems aim to provide quality inspection matching or even exceeding the capabilities of human vision.

    Vision inspection systems are equipped with one or more high definition cameras along with additional capabilities. These systems are a combination of various technologies and can be customized as per the requirements of particular industries. They can be used in assembly lines to verify products and packaging, measure and sort different parts of products based on size, shape or other factors, verify the accuracy of positioning and alignment of the parts. They can read 1D and 2D barcodes and utilize optical character recognition (OCR) for track and trace along with much more. Specialized software created for use in these systems can help to identify faulty or inefficient products and processes at an early stage. Thus, these systems find applications in industries such as food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, electronics, consumer goods, robotics and many other manufacturing and service industries.

    The most important benefits of vision control systems is to provide quality control and traceability to industries so that faulty products can be minimized and easily identified early one. These systems provide peace of mind to the company, while protecting the consumers from the adverse effects of using or consuming unsafe products. Learn more.

  • No More Bad Mondays: Ergonomic Workstations

    It can feel like a bad “case of the Mondays” all week, every week if the work environment just doesn’t work for employees. We have all experienced days that feel like we are pulled in different directions and can’t focus to get anything done. From cramped desks, to awkwardly positioned desk heights, the work environment can deeply impact everything from employee happiness to productivity and, ultimately, the bottom line.

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    At Brenner-Fiedler, we know our human resources are the most important resources we have. To combat the negative effects of an uncomfortable work environment – a cause of many work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSDs)  -we created custom workstations using the trusted brand of aluminum extrusion we have used successfully in hundreds of builds – Maytec. This simple change made a world of difference. Continue reading

  • Industrial Automation Solutions: It Begins With The Design

    Automation is a word still feared by many employees – but it shouldn’t be. Industrial automation technology decreases hard labor and improves safety while increasing productivity by as much as 2% annually. At Brenner-Fielder, we work with you to ensure you understand all of the things that automation can accomplish. Our highly trained staff partners with you to ensure you understand what industrial automation solutions are appropriate to your specified goals. Continue reading

  • Brenner-Fiedler: Riverside Innovation Spotlight

    City of Riverside's Innovation Spotlight on Brenner-Fiedler

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    There’s been a lot of talk lately about keeping manufacturing jobs in the U.S. Brenner-Fiedler, a company based in Riverside, California says it’s doing just that by hiring engineering students from local colleges and universities and focusing on automation.

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  • Showdown: Cylinders vs. Generators

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    The Facts

    Cylinders vs. Generators

    • Cylinders
    • 1. A standard laboratory cylinder contains between 8000L and 9000L of compressed gas.
    • 2. Unsafe Pressures used are often in excess of 250 bar (3600 psi).
    • 3. Regular cylinders when full can weigh between 143.3 lb - 209.44 lb.
    • 4. Specific pricey regulators are required for different gases.
    • 5. Repetitive Costly Delivery, rental and filling fees
    • 6. Purities differ from Cylinder to Cylinder
    • 7. Storage locations for most cylinders are remote & not easily accessible
    • Generators
    • 1. Never again will you suffer interruptions to analysis due to your gas cylinders running out.
    • 2. Generating your laboratory gas, only on demand, at safe low pressures eliminates the risks to your staff and your instruments.
    • 3. Installing a gas generator removes the need for time-consuming safety inspections.
    • 4. Guaranteed purity at point of use removes the effects of cylinder to cylinder purity variations on analysis.
    • 5. A gas generator will eliminate delivery, rental, refilling, order processing and downtime costs associated cylinders.

     

     The benefits of generating as much gas as you need when you need it far outweighs the outdated method of ordering, managing, and carrying heavy cylinders. For more information on the benefits of generation your own nitrogen call specialist, Tania Leisure at 805.907.9706

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