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  • Vision Inspection Systems - New age 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.

  • 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
  • 10 Things to Know When Selecting a Programmable Safety Controller

    You're redesigning a piece of machinery or implementing a new manufacturing line, and you need to select a programmable safety control system to monitor all of your safeguarding devices. There are a lot of options out there, so how do you choose?

     

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    Here are the top ten things to consider when reviewing your options:

    1.Number of I/O  - A good place to start is determining the number and types of Input and Output devices that will need to be connected to the controller. With outputs, you need to determine if feedback is required and whether each output is required and whether each output needs to monitored individually (this can increase the number of inputs required).

    2. Safety I/O connectivity - It is important to consider the type of connection needed. Depending on the controller used and the hazard classification, the numbers of devices that can be connected to an input card or the controller itself can vary.  Continue reading

  • A Custom Workstation That Works

    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.

    Production worker works efficiently surrounded by the necessary tools to complete the project

    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.

     

    There is a danger to the extensive reaching, grasping, turning and twisting that occur with assembly work. Whether it’s testing the functionality of a smart phone touch screen or fastening the headlights of a vehicle, repetitive motion and poor ergonomic work stations have been diagnosed as the cause of many Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders. Cost to companies for these issues are steep; between $45 and $50 billion annually in compensation, lost wages and decreased productivity a National Academy of Sciences study reports. And for employees? These injuries can make their working life painful and often, short lived.

    We wanted a solution that eliminated standing fatigue and reduced WMSDs by addressing the four design dimensions of a workstation: work height, normal and maximum reaches, lateral clearance and angle vision, and eye height. The solution is comfortable, user friendly and honed for efficiency.

    When we created the work stations, we made sure the height of the tables is ergonomically friendly for a production team. The casters give the freedom to move the tables according to work flow. In a company that is constantly evolving and growing, a setup that worked one month, might not work the next. The Maytec workstations can move, adapt, and grow with us.

    Honestly, everyone needs extra storage space. Need we say more? The bottom shelves provide that extra storage space, while the middle shelves provide tool storage. We’ve all heard the adage, “A place for everything, and everything in its place”. The tool storage shelf keeps everything easily accessible, which in turn boosts productivity (and reduces frustration!) by limiting the amount of time procuring a needed tool. The top shelves are used as bin location for parts. With frequent repeat assemblies in production, storing parts as close to the assembly area and keeping track of them with bin assignments is key. This is an easy and effective way to keep the workspaces from becoming cluttered. We found a perfect fit for packing materials and rolls to prepare finished product for shipment by using the end caps for large hanging items.

    Overall, the appearance of our production room is so much sleeker. Sure, looks aren’t everything, but it does speak volumes about an organization’s values, achievements, work ethic, and professionalism.

    It may seem like a simple solution, and it is. Innovation isn’t always flashy as long as it meets customer requirements and provides a host of benefits. Employees spend approximately one third of their lives at the workplace, so why wouldn’t a company ensure their employees are comfortable at work while elevating productivity and lowering Worker’s Comp costs?

    Brenner-Fiedler seeks to act as an extension of our customer’s teams taking customer problems, large or small, and finding innovative ways to solve them.

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    “The ability to customize the workstation allows us to add the tools we really need. After all, a workman is only as good as his tools.” – Felipe Causor, Brenner-Fiedler Production Dept.  

    If your production department is in need of a productivity facelift, send a quick email to see if we can design a custom workstation to fit your production needs.

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  • Podcast Episode 20: SMAC Talks About Voice Coil Actuators

    In this week's episode, SMAC President, Ed Neff, explains the advantage of Voice Coil Actuators (also referred to as Moving Coil Actuators) for linear motors. Continue reading

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