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Industry 4.0: What It Means for Manufacturing

Manufacturing has never been more complex than in this age of labor shortages and tumultuous supply chains. Lead times are taking the hit, and manufacturers are going to extremes to make up the difference. At the same time, we’re in a new age of robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence that is quickly transforming what manufacturing looks like, enabling parts manufacturers to lower lead times and streamline processes, while still delivering a quality product. This new age is called the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0. What does Industry 4.0 mean for manufacturing, and how can it make an impact for [...]

2023-07-17T16:23:54-04:00July 17th, 2023|Uncategorized|0 Comments

IoT Manufacturing: How Technology Improves Manufacturing

There is hardly an industry today that has not been impacted by technological advancement. Technology increases productivity and improves quality across hundreds of industries, from transportation to agriculture to—you guessed it—manufacturing. This interconnectivity of technology and everyday objects used within companies is known as the “Internet of Things” (IoT). Let’s explore how technology has up-leveled our approach to manufacturing, and what this means for our customers at American Manufacturing. What Does IoT Mean for Manufacturing? The impact of IoT on the manufacturing industry is substantial. The ability to integrate the Internet into manufacturing processes makes it possible to track and [...]

2023-06-26T10:19:20-04:00June 26th, 2023|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Robotic Welding: The Competitive Edge

The manufacturing industry is constantly evolving, with technological advancements and innovations. One such innovation, robotic welding, has significantly impacted manufacturing in recent years. Robotic welding involves the fusion of two materials by applying heat and filler material to create a strong bond. Robotic welders are designed to handle and weld parts accurately. By automating this process, manufacturers can improve safety measures, boost production, and minimize the time needed to finish a project. Here at American Manufacturing, we’ve long recognized the importance of adopting cutting-edge technologies — and we’re nearing our goal of robotically welding an entire container from start to [...]

2023-05-10T10:43:45-04:00May 10th, 2023|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Benefits of Automation for Manufacturing

The history of automation in manufacturing dates back to the Industrial Revolution when mechanized systems were first introduced to replace manual labor. Today, automation is making a transformational impact here at American Manufacturing. While we’re on the front lines of automation in manufacturing, it’s really historic. The development of machines and equipment that could perform repetitive tasks with greater speed and accuracy than humans paved the way for a new era of manufacturing. Assembly lines in the early 20th century further revolutionized manufacturing by allowing products to be produced more efficiently and at a lower cost. The invention of programmable [...]

2023-04-18T10:40:03-04:00April 18th, 2023|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Plastic vs. Steel Containers: Four Important Considerations

Automotive companies rely on shipping containers to safely transport their parts and components from one place to another. Shipping containers are a critical component of any automotive company’s business operations, and it’s important to choose the right type of container for their needs. The two most common types of automotive shipping containers are plastic and steel. Both plastic and steel containers provide advantages and disadvantages that automotive companies should consider before they make a decision. Which is right for your needs? The answer depends on durability, custom sizing, cost, and environmental impact. Let’s dive in. Consideration 1: Durability  The most [...]

2023-03-17T18:23:46-04:00March 17th, 2023|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Four Advantages of Water-Based Paint for Container Manufacturers

Paint plays a fundamental role in the manufacturing industry, helping protect and improve the appearance of a wide variety of products and components. For many years, powder coating has been the preferred method for manufacturers due to its durability and cost-effectiveness. However, with recent technological advancements, liquid-based paint is gaining in popularity thanks to its advantages over powder coating. At American Manufacturing, a special water-based paint is used in the container production process. This paint is superior due to the enzymes added during its manufacture, enabling a solid adhesion to metal. This enhancement allows for the production of finished [...]

2023-01-30T12:29:05-05:00January 30th, 2023|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What Is a Multi-Level Rack?

Multi-level racks are an excellent product that allows for parts to be transported in an efficient and secure manner. There are multiple uses and benefits to multi-level rack systems that can be implemented within the assembly line and production process seamlessly. Continue reading to learn more about multi-level racks.   What are multi-level racks used for? Multi-level racks are most commonly used for transporting parts or other goods that need to be protected. Usually, they’re used in the context of stampings and assemblies.They are extremely beneficial for transporting parts that cannot be put into a basket. As multi-level racks [...]

2022-12-23T15:23:30-05:00December 23rd, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Why You Need a Tilt Dolly for Your Warehouse

Tilt dollies are a key aspect of the efficient maneuvering of parts within a warehouse. They are extremely safe and useful dollies as they can move up to 2,000 pounds depending on the style of tilt dolly. Typically, tilt dollies are found in the automotive setting and are a reliable part of an assembly line. What Is a Tilt Dolly? A tilt dolly is different from a dolly one might expect to see within a moving setting. Tilt dollies are used within production and can be useful for keeping forklifts out of the warehouse. Tilt dollies, as their name suggests, [...]

2022-11-30T13:21:59-05:00November 30th, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What Are the Hazards of Palletizing and Stacking?

Palletizing and stacking are common tasks in warehouses and distribution centers. While pallets and skids are efficient ways to move products, they can be dangerous to the worker if not used correctly or if the equipment isn’t made to the best standard. If not handled properly, pallets can easily fall off of forklifts or trucks, leading to injuries for workers. In fact, palletizing and stacking account for more than 60% of all warehouse injuries, which is why it’s important to understand the possible hazards when it comes to palletizing and stacking.  Common Palletizing and Stacking Practices 1. Stacking Pallets Higher [...]

2022-08-26T10:38:31-04:00August 15th, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What is the Difference Between a Pallet and a Skid?

When working in a warehouse or ordering products, choosing the correct equipment should be a straightforward experience that lets you know what you’re getting. However, not all equipment terms are universally defined, which can lead to confusion. “Pallet” and “Skid” are terms used interchangeably when it comes to transportation and storage. Both can perform similar functions depending on the task, but understanding the difference between the two, including the complete picture of the pros and cons of skids vs. pallets, is essential for using either tool effectively and for the proper purposes.  Here’s how the two are differentiated: Pallets have [...]

2022-07-27T16:51:25-04:00July 5th, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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