Automation Architects An industry leading Life Science company had been trying to automate a key element of its product assembly for 7 years without success. Their product, a Class II medical device, requires a process to insert a component with the thickness of two hairs into a hollow member that is not much larger. Currently […]
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 business in college. Brent also found inspiration from his dad, who started and ran an […]
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Automationnth recently expanded its presence as a leading automation engineering company in Southern California by leasing a new 10,000 sq. ft. facility located at 12525 Kirkham Court in Poway, California. Located 20 miles from downtown San Diego and 90 miles from Anaheim, the office is centrally located to enable the company to service Life Science […]
Note: this public case study has removed sensitive details about our customer and their product line. If you are interested in seeing the full machine vision case study with all the details including photos and videos, please contact us here. Machine Vision Challenges A customer had an expensive sorting machine that wasn’t working properly. The […]
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The U.S. recently imposed a 25% tariff on steel imports and a 10% tariff on aluminum imports. Roughly one-third of the 100 million tons of steel used each year by American business is imported, while imports account for more than 90% of the 5.5 million tons of aluminum used by U.S. companies. Here’s what this means for U.S. […]
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 management, financial management, human resources, service and support, and more. “CSIA Certification is the gold-seal […]
Automation NTH attended the ATX West and MD&M trade shows in Anaheim, California on February 8th to see the latest advances in automation technologies. This was a huge show with a lot to take in, but a consistent highlight for us was the exciting robotics technologies on display. Among the standout exhibits were smart robots […]
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 tax rate reduction: Corporate tax rates have been reduced from 35% down to a flat 21% […]
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 how it can be transformative for manufacturers. “Predictive maintenance brings a more data-driven approach to industrial-maintenance programs. […]
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 SERCOS networks. However, the discontinuation means manufacturers should start planning migration away from Ultra3000 to […]
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 scarcity of talent, but one thing is clear: more people need to controls and automation […]
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 steps can be taken to prevent cyber attacks at manufacturers and eliminate business disruption? Here […]