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5 Lean Manufacturing Methods

Posted by iGAM on Apr 12, 2021 9:15:00 AM

“There is always space for improvement, no matter how long you've been in the business.” —Oscar De La Hoya 

While manufacturing isn’t much like boxing, De La Hoya’s words apply to every pursuit. Every production line can be improved upon to increase efficiency. 

One way of doing this is through lean manufacturing. There are dozens of methods to choose from; selecting one and applying it rigorously could boost productivity in your facility. 

Learn more about lean manufacturing and the five methods we listed below. 

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Topics: manufacturing industry, women in manufacturing, women's history month, diversity

Supporting Women in Manufacturing

Posted by iGAM on Mar 22, 2021 9:30:00 AM

iGAM is celebrating Women’s History Month this March by discussing the importance of women in the manufacturing industry. 

Women’s History Month provides us with an opportunity to shine a light on women’s triumphs throughout the centuries, as well as think of ways to support women’s equality today. 

In manufacturing, women make up less than one-third of the manufacturing workforce. How can we encourage women to start their careers in manufacturing? 

Learn iGAM’s tips on how to provide an environment that invites and supports women below. 

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Topics: manufacturing industry, women in manufacturing, women's history month, diversity

5 Advantages of Automating with Industrial Robots in Manufacturing

Posted by iGAM on Dec 14, 2020 10:30:00 AM

Industrial automation offers manufacturers the benefits of increased production, enhanced product quality, improved workplace safety, and more. 

Manufacturing is a numbers game. 

The better your numbers in terms of optimization, waste reduction, and production output, the more competitive you’ll be in the industry. 

By automating your manufacturing processes, you can improve your numbers in all the ways mentioned above. Using valuable data from your industrial robots and equipment, you can continue to optimize your processes until you reach peak production efficiency. 

Read our list of 5 reasons to automate with industrial robots below to get specific insight into how automation will advance your company. 

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Topics: used manufacturing equipment, manufacturing automation, warranty, robots, manufacturing equipment, used robots, manufacturing industry, automation

Product Spotlight: Steel Platforms

Posted by iGAM on Dec 9, 2020 12:45:00 PM

Steel platforms provide manufacturers with productive space in their warehouses while increasing workplace safety. 

Have you ever thought, “I wish I could make use of all that space,” while looking up inside your warehouse? 

Well, you can! With steel platforms, you can utilize the vertical space in your manufacturing facility by creating a new level that can be used for storage, manufacturing processes, and more. 

Access structures such as steel platforms will improve your warehouse. Learn more about steel platforms and how to buy steel platforms for your facility below. 

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Topics: used manufacturing equipment, manufacturing automation, warranty, robots, manufacturing equipment, used robots, manufacturing industry, access structures, automation, product spotlight, platforms

Industrial Robots: Past, Present, and Future

Posted by iGAM on Dec 7, 2020 9:30:00 AM

Industrial robots have come a long way since 1954, and they continue to grow exponentially in companies around the world. 

Industrial robots, like KUKA, ABB, and FANUC robot models, are transforming into ever lighter and more advanced forms. Since the first industrial robot in 1954, innovations in robotics have completely changed the way industrial robots are used today. 

Learn about the history of industrial robots, as well as where they stand today and their predicted growth in the future, below. 

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Topics: used manufacturing equipment, manufacturing automation, warranty, robots, manufacturing equipment, used robots, manufacturing industry, automation, industrial robots, history

Product Spotlight: Lifeguard LS12-30F1A Power Factor Charger Control

Posted by iGAM on Dec 2, 2020 9:30:00 AM

Utilizing power factor control in industrial facilities will save energy and increase load carrying capabilities in electrical equipment. 

In manufacturing, cutting unnecessary waste is necessary to achieve the most efficient form of production. 

One way of doing this is by using PFC, or power factor control, to reduce energy waste. 

iGAM offers our Lifeguard LS12-30F1A Power Factor Charger Control so you can preserve the electrical circuits in your equipment and avoid penalty fees for low power factor from energy companies. 

Learn more about the importance of efficient PFC and iGAM’s Lifeguard LS12-30F1A Power Factor Charger Control below. 

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Topics: used manufacturing equipment, manufacturing automation, warranty, robots, manufacturing equipment, used robots, manufacturing industry, automation, product spotlight, pfc, power factor control

How to Consign Your Industrial Equipment

Posted by iGAM on Nov 30, 2020 4:45:00 PM

If you want to sell industrial robots and manufacturing equipment, then consign with iGAM to liquidate your assets. 

Selling surplus industrial equipment can be difficult. From negotiations to transportation to finding a verified buyer, it can be a time-consuming process. 

With iGAMconsigning your equipment is a flexible, safe, and easy process. Read more about consigning industrial equipment with iGAM below. 

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Topics: used manufacturing equipment, manufacturing automation, warranty, robots, manufacturing equipment, used robots, manufacturing industry, sell, asset appraisal services, automation, consignment

Product Spotlight: 3D Systems Prox DMP 300

Posted by iGAM on Nov 25, 2020 9:45:00 AM

The 3D Systems Prox DMP 300 offers manufacturers all the benefits of 3D printing at an affordable price. 

If you want to add a 3D printer to your production line while maintaining your budget, then consider iGAM’s 3D Systems Prox DMP 300. 

This printer is refurbished and tested for quality assurance. Investing in a 3D printer will provide cost savings to your company in the long term, among other benefits. 

Find out why you should use 3D printing applications in your facility below. 

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Topics: used manufacturing equipment, manufacturing automation, warranty, robots, manufacturing equipment, used robots, manufacturing industry, 3d printer, automation, additive manufacturing

5 Reasons Why You’re Failing at Automation

Posted by iGAM on Nov 23, 2020 10:15:00 AM

This guest post by our sister company, NRTC Automation, explains what actions you can take to improve your automation journey.

Automating your company is a complex operation, but with the right tools and mindset, you can develop a robotic production line that boosts your efficiency and revenue. 

As Industry 4.0 takes off, companies without automation will fall behind. Even small- to medium-sized businesses are taking advantage of robotic systems to enhance their manufacturing processes. 

Automation should be implemented with care, however. If you simply add robots and industrial equipment to your facility without taking the necessary steps to integrate them, you’ll end up with expensive equipment that isn’t helping your business. 

NRTC Automation lists the top 5 reasons why you might be failing at automating your business and how you can take action for successful automation. 

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Topics: used manufacturing equipment, manufacturing automation, warranty, robots, manufacturing equipment, used robots, manufacturing industry, automation, NRTC Automation, guest post, nrtc automation feature

Product Spotlight: 5 Advantages of Using a Milco Servo Weld Gun Over a Pneumatic Weld Gun

Posted by iGAM on Nov 18, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Servo weld guns, such as iGAM’s used Milco Servo Weld Gun, provide greater lifetime costs savings compared to traditional pneumatic weld guns. 

Welding equipment is a necessity for almost every manufacturer. With welding equipment, you can create neat weld joints on metal products. 

Welding can also be expensive depending on the equipment you use. Pneumatic welding guns, for example, lack efficiency due to their fluctuating supply of air pressure. This could negatively affect your product and your revenue. 

Servo weld guns are the superior option for manufacturers who want to weld while saving time and money. Learn more about the benefits of using a Milco Servo Weld Gun below! 

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Topics: used manufacturing equipment, manufacturing automation, warranty, robots, manufacturing equipment, used robots, manufacturing industry, work cells, financing, automation, igam guide

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