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Fixed Automation System: What It Is and Its Application in Manufacturing

Manufacturing automation is increasingly critical for companies to stay competitive in a changing market. Automation uses technology to perform tasks automatically, rather than using direct human labor. With automation, manufacturers increase production speed and efficiency while reducing the potential for human error and injury. Fixed automation, or hard automation, is one of the most popular…

Types of Conveyors for Industrial Applications

Conveyor systems have become increasingly critical for speedy, reliable production in a variety of industries. At their most basic, conveyor systems use a frame that supports a belt, rollers, or wheels to transport materials from one location to another. They are powered using a variety of methods, including electrical motors, manual actuation, or gravity. Conveyors…

Feeder Systems for Production Lines: What They Are and How They Work

Feeder automation is one of the best ways to improve assembly-line efficiency. But what is feeder automation, exactly? Broadly, the term refers to replacing costly manual labor with faster, more accurate machines that can select, sort, orient, and transport components through the assembly line. Most companies that move high volumes of small parts can benefit…

The Role of Vision Inspection Systems in Cap Lining Technology

Vision inspection systems use cameras to automate visual inspections of products, identifying and separating defects while maintaining high productivity. Here, we’ll explore what vision inspection systems do and how they can be used for inspecting cap lining during production. What Are Vision Inspection Systems? Vision inspection systems are automated devices that use cameras, video, lighting,…

The Rise of Collaborative Robots: FANUC Cobot Integration

As human-robot interaction continues to grow, so does the need for safe and efficient collaborative robotics. Collaborative robots, otherwise known as cobots, are a type of robot that can safely and effectively work alongside human workers in various industrial and manufacturing settings. Unlike conventional robots, which are typically caged and require certain safety measures to…

How Automation Improves Food Processing Lines

The food processing industry was initially slower than other sectors to adopt automated technology. However, companies in wide-reaching branches of food service are now incorporating automation and robotics into food processing operations to maximize efficiency and productivity. Today’s automated assembly machines and other automation solutions help meet the needs of all types of food processing…

The Upside of Automated Assembly Machines

Big Sky Engineering, Inc. is an industry leader in automation solutions for the packaging sector, developing and manufacturing accurate, reliable, and cost-effective automated equipment and systems. We aim to provide comprehensive options and adaptable products with a commitment to continuous innovation, superior customer support, and overall excellence. Learn more about automated assembly machines, their applications…

When Should You Automate Your Packaging Line?

Manufacturers of consumer goods, food products, and more may experience growing pains as product demands increase. Fortunately, automating your packaging line can aid in solving these issues. There are many signs to look for that may indicate it’s time to automate your packaging line. Here, we’ll go over these signs as well as the process…

Applications for Pick and Place Robots

Pick and place robots move objects between locations to fulfill manufacturing tasks. They are some of the most common robots in automated assembly and ensure continuous productivity in repetitive tasks. Automating your pick and place processes in an assembly line can boost productivity and relieve workers of stressful and repetitive tasks in favor of more…

Factory Automation vs. Process Automation

Automation is an essential element of success in the rapidly transforming manufacturing and packaging sectors. Factory automation manages the machines that manufacture objects, whereas process automation controls the larger systems that manage these products. Although these forms of automation sound similar, they have key differences that are important to understand before implementing any automation system….