Rexroth Indramat in America

Bosch Rexroth, the current owners of the company that used to be Indramat, began with a hammer foundry in 1795 in Elsavatal, Germany. The history of Rexroth Indramat in America didn’t begin until much later — almost two centuries later in 1967, when Rexroth Corporation set up as the importer of the German Rexroth products…. Read more »

Next Steps for Factory COVID-19 Safety

Many manufacturers, big and small, are in the “critical industry” space. After all, supply chains include facilities that produce food and medications and protective gear and cleaning supplies — and all the packaging, labeling, and other support for all of those products. If you fall into that group, you’re probably thankful that you have revenue… Read more »

Not a Peep?

Just Born candy company, headquartered in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is shutting down in response to the Coronavirus. Just Born is the maker of Peeps, the iconic marshmallow candy shaped roughly like a baby chick. This doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to get Peeps for your Easter baskets. Just Born has already shipped its supplies… Read more »

Women in Manufacturing

Automation may threaten human jobs, but it might actually threaten women more than men. This is not an obvious truth. After, all, women are only 15% of machine operators, according to a McKinsey study. As manufacturing moves from large numbers of human workers to fewer machine operators on the way to “lights out” facilities, won’t… Read more »

Factories Close, Reopen for Coronavirus

U. S. automakers shut down their factories in order to help flatten the curve of the global coronavirus pandemic. Ford, GM, and Fiat Chrysler, as well as Honda, Toyota, and Nissan, closed their plants after the UAW requested a shut down. Subaru, Volvo, Volkswagen, and Daimler later announced shutdowns, too. A worker at a Ford… Read more »

Unsung Coronavirus Heroes: Manufacturing

Healthcare workers are very correctly being hailed as heroes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Grocery store workers have been classified as first responders in some states, as they continue to go to work in spite of unsafe conditions. Even truck drivers have had some callouts on social media, since they bring toilet paper to stores. People… Read more »

The History of the Printing Press

We work with a lot of clients in the printing industry, so we were fascinated when we found out about the exciting history of the printing press. Seriously. Movable type It all started with Johannes Gutenberg in 1440, of course. Up till that time, printing a page meant engraving the whole page in mirror image… Read more »

Robot Eels

Two robot arms with interchangeable tools, a long flexible body that can form a U shape for two-handed jobs, and the ability to live permanently underwater. That adds up to a new, disruptive robot vehicle for inspecting underwater pipelines. One end can film the other end at work. Or it can grab and hold the… Read more »

Robot Home Efficiency

We know what automation has done for factories. Human workers are safer than they were before, child labor is a thing of the past, and consumer goods are available to more people than ever. What about automation in our homes? Are they saving us energy? Time? Effort? Keeping us safe? One study found that robotic… Read more »

Third Party Repair Disasters

Sending Rexroth Indramat motors to third party repair shops is kind of like playing Russian Roulette with a fully loaded gun. The only question is how bad is it going to be? The 3rd party shops cannot buy new parts, they do not have access to drawings or technical specifications and in most cases they do… Read more »

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