Automation

Robotics supplier Yushin begins $2 million expansion; seeks qualified personnel

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 13th, 2015

Fresh off a successful run at NPE2015, automation systems supplier Yushin (Cranston, RI) has begun a $2 million expansion that will increase manufacturing and warehousing space in its facility by 77%. Construction should be completed by mid to late spring 2015, says the company. Current plans anticipate a doubling of robot assembly bays; the next phase, which will be completed in the next two to three years, will provide a tripling of those bays.

Automation in big demand, as processors seek productivity gains

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 6th, 2015

No matter where you looked on the NPE trade show floor, automation was present, either at stand-alone displays or working with molding and thermoforming machinery in live demonstrations.

Evana Automation engineers safety, efficiency for leading medical device manufacturer

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 16th, 2015

Although it has only been actively pursuing partnerships with medical device manufacturers for about four years, systems integrator and developer of automated assembly and test systems Evana Automation Specialists (Evansville, IN) already has its share of success stories. The most recent one involves the design and installation of a robotic material-handling system for a prominent medical device manufacturer. The system transports a wire-shaping fixture to heat furnaces, a cooling quench and the final assembly line.

Una-Dyn pursues smart growth in its operations and product portfolio

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: March 6th, 2015

Growth is good. Smart growth is better, and that's what Universal Dynamics Inc. (Una-Dyn; Woodbridge, VA) is pursuing, as it adds 35,000 square feet of assembly and office space to its operations. The auxiliary equipment maker is looking forward to spreading the news, as well as presenting recent product developments, at NPE2015 later this month in Orlando, FL.

Chinaplas 2015 highlights design innovation, automation and medical plastics

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 2nd, 2015

The number one plastics and rubber show in Asia and number two in the world, according to show organizers, Chinaplas 2015 will host an array of concurrent events to help industry professionals keep pace with market trends. Organized by Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd. at the China Import & Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou from May 20 to 23, Chinaplas will spotlight three events: Design x Innovation, Industrial Automation—Robot Parade & Smart Production and the Medical Plastics Conference.

A conference for everything

By Stephen Moore
Published: February 25th, 2015

No matter how esoteric a topic might seem, there's apparently always a critical mass that will bring like-minded people together to discuss and debate. There's even A Boring Conference that has in the past featured topics such as sneezing, toast, IBM tills, the sounds made by vending machines, barcodes, yellow lines, London shop fronts, and the features of the Yamaha PSR-175 Portatune keyboard.

Demand for robotics will power manufacturing's next productivity surge

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: February 13th, 2015

The use of advanced industrial robots is nearing the point of takeoff, a development that could power a new wave of productivity growth in many industries and lead to changes of­ up to five percentage points in the cost competitiveness of major export economics relative to the U.S., according to new research by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

Industrial robots in China to overtake EU and North America by 2017

By Karen Laird
Published: January 28th, 2015

A number of interesting fact have emerged from the recently published World Robotics 2014 Industrial Robots global study commissioned by the International Federation of Robotics. According to this study, robot sales increased by 12% to 178,132 units in 2013, by far the highest level ever recorded for one year. Growth was seen in sales of industrial robots to the automotive, the chemical, and the rubber and plastics industries, as well as to the food industry.

Saint-Gobain to supply plastic disposables for Argos' personalized immunotherapy technology

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: January 7th, 2015

Saint-Gobain (Aurora, OH), a supplier of polymer components and associated technologies for the biopharmaceutical, pharmaceutical, and medical industries, has entered into an agreement with Argos Therapeutics (Durham, NC) to design, integrate, and scale production of a range of plastic disposables for use in the automated manufacturing of its AGS-003 personalized immunotherapy product.

Based on Argos' Arcelis technology platform, AGS-003 has been developed to treat metastatic renal cell carcinoma. It is currently being tested in a phase III clinical trial.

Q3 shipments of primary plastics equipment up 6 percent over Q2

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: November 25th, 2014

Market demand for plastics machinery continued to grow in the third quarter of 2014, reporting a 6 percent increase from the second quarter of this year, however, it is down 2 percent from Q3 of 2013, according to statistics compiled and reported by SPI: the Plastics Industry Trade Association's Committee on Equipment Statistics (CES).

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