This is Step 1 in an 11 part series that shares insights about how manufacturers can successfully implement custom automated systems.
Step 8 examines the process for a Factory Acceptance Test, including how the timing of the test plays a critical role in equipment success.
Purchasing automation equipment is challenging. Step 4 describes how Automation NTH helps manufacturers reduce risk in supplier selection.
We are excited to announce that Automation NTH has been recognized as one of America’s fastest growing privately held companies by Inc. Magazine. The Inc. 5000 list is a widely known annual publication that ranks companies by revenue growth. Automation
Automation NTH developed a unique program to help manufacturers reduce supplier risk. With its Certified Automation Partner (CAP) program, Automation NTH qualifies companies through a rigorous assessment process, then works with manufacturers to recommend specific CAPs for a project.
Challenges with Quality Vision Inspection Systems Quality vision inspection systems play a vital role in the production of automotive engines where cast and machined frames are matched and assembled with various vendor-supplied components. Slight defects in materials or incorrectly installed
Automation NTH will be exhibiting at the ATX West trade show at booth 4388 from Feb. 11-13, 2020, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.
In order to compete globally, manufacturers need to constantly improve performance and efficiency in their plants. One potential source of competitive advantage that manufacturers often overlook is their relationship with system integrators. We believe that manufacturers who build deep, strategic
Automation NTH is proud to have been named 2020 System Integrator of the Year by CFE Media, the publisher of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering magazines. The award is
Automationnth recently celebrated its 20th anniversary since Automation NTH President Brent Thomas co-founded the company on November 1st, 1999. Brent was destined to become an entrepreneur. Growing up he started a landscaping business in high school and a computer repair
A customer in the software industry started with an ambitious goal: to make its first ever game controller and fully automate the production process. Starting with just an initial product concept and no idea how to make it, the customer engaged our machine builder partner and Automationnth to develop a manufacturing line.
We are pleased to announce that Automationnth has successfully achieved Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) certification through an external audit. The comprehensive CSIA Certification audit assessed Automationnth’s compliance with 76 criteria in the areas of project management, quality assurance, business
The recent tax reform legislation provides many benefits for manufacturers in the U.S., who are just coming off the best year of factory activity since 2004. The elements of the legislation that have the most impact on manufacturers’ taxes include: Corporate
Situation A Fortune 50 company needed to create a custom automated production system for consumer vapor products. Action Our team of engineers programmed a complex assembly system which included 18 robots, 9 Cognex vision inspections, RFID reading, vacuum pick and
Unplanned downtime can be a killer for manufacturing costs. Predictive maintenance helps eliminate unplanned downtime by allowing manufacturers to be proactive and use data to guide their work. This article in IndustryWeek provides a good overview of predictive maintenance and
In this thought-provoking article in IndustryWeek, Larry Fast discusses the potential impact of new capabilities like Big Data Analytics, AI, and IIOT in manufacturing. There are several points he made that I found interesting. He highlights how IIOT in manufacturing
Allen-Bradley Ultra3000 Servo Drives were discontinued by Rockwell at the end of 2016. The Ultra3000 has been a valuable work horse for Rockwell Automation customers. These drives were able to do standalone indexing as well as ride on both DeviceNet and
There is one refrain we hear more often from our peers and customers than any other: there is a shortage of people with the skills required to work at manufacturers and control system integrators. There are many causes for this
Ransomware and cyber attacks at manufacturers is becoming increasingly common, disrupting operations and causing millions of dollars worth of damages. Consumer Products company Reckitt Bensicker was recently the victim of one such attack that impacted the company’s 60 factories. What
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