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Your Outsourced Chief Automation Officer (CAO)
Last month I talked about preparing during a crisis and gaining an “unfair share” of the market when it picks back up. This month I want to talk about automation resources for small and mid-sized companies looking to add automation to their strategic manufacturing and automation plan.
Let’s face it – technology is advancing quickly, and it’s hard to keep up. Just look at the power in your phone… it’s 1000x more powerful than the computer I used in college!! I know I’m dating myself there, but as technology improves, automation capabilities also improve; and unless you have a plan or roadmap, the risk of having underperforming or orphaned automation equipment increases every year.
As a small or mid-sized company who has decided to add automation, there will be no shortage of people telling you that their system or robot is what you need. Since you’re an expert in your business and not automation, how do you decide which option is the best?
Delta is introducing our Delta 4P program which is designed to provide small and mid-sized companies the resources needed to make informed decisions regarding their automation plans. Instead of having one or two internal people trying to be automation experts, you can have all the resources of Delta supporting your plans. Think of it as your outsourced Chief Automation Officer (CAO) that you pay for only when needed instead of all the time. Whether Delta does some of the work or we are just advisors, we want to be your partner and help you stay competitive through the next wave of automation. Give us a call today to discuss how you can go after your “unfair share” of market gain!!
Automation is a journey, and every journey needs a roadmap. Who is creating yours?
Lyle Rusanowski, CEO
A Reliable Solution for Connecting Plastic Parts
Efficient joining technology in the form of ultrasonic welding
Delta Technology, an integrator and automation expert for complex manufacturing and Telsonic one of the leading industrial ultrasonics suppliers worldwide, have recently announced a partnership to offer ultrasonic products to US manufacturers.
Ultrasonic welding is one of today’s fastest and least expensive ways of connecting and assembling plastic parts. What helps it stand out is the lack of adhesives, connection elements, or solvents it uses, making it a highly eco-friendly and efficient process. Given these benefits, ultrasonic welding is applied in virtually every industry from packaging and food, to textiles, medical technology, and automotive engineering.
Delta Technology is immensely proud to be selected for the Export League by the Global Chamber of Phoenix. The top regional exporters that have been judged to be most ready for new growth in metro Phoenix have passed through a rigorous screening process that has included a presentation to 6 top exporting experts.
Only twelve companies have been selected, and the Global Chamber of Phoenix is already taking the next steps to get us connected to targeted clients around the world.
History of the Quick Lube Industry
Remember summer vacations, piling into the family car and heading out of town for a little while? Sadly, at least once during the trip, you’d see a family just like yours, pulled over on the side of the road – hood up, Mom’s arms folded, and Dad looking bewildered at the engine. Proper routine auto maintenance can help you avoid such a scenario.
Ask anyone who it was that first came up with the quick lube idea and when, and you’ll probably hear names like Jiffy Lube, Take 5, and Valvoline Xpress. These familiar, current franchises all started as single locations and have been around for about 30-40 years. You’d have to keep asking though, because none of them were the pioneer. Auto-Oil-Lube, a “unique auto service” offering “the first 10 minute lube job and oil change” in Mansfield, Ohio, was announced on September 23, 1966 in the city’s news publication, the “News-Journal” (pictured here, along with an ad for the new venture that ran on October 21, 1966 in that same newspaper). Unfortunately, Dick Wellington is not a name attached to the history of quick lube locations, perhaps because he was too much of a visionary for his time.
While the industry didn’t see much growth until the late 1970s, it took almost another decade for the offering to start to catch on. Traditional service stations used to do almost everything car-related, from pumping gas to replacing shot springs, but by the late-1980s, they were being phased out. Customers were seeing their local automobile shops split with car service in favor of just pumping gas, and they also realized they preferred to spend their leisure time doing more fun things than changing their own oil and greasing their vehicle’s undercarriage.
The early 1990s brought more of these quick lube shops, with some transitioning into franchises and multiple locations. The value and convenience these businesses provided, as well as the need for a fast, inexpensive way to complete the necessary service of a lube and oil change could no longer be denied. The quick lube industry was well on its way to becoming what it is today – an industry worth an impressive $8 billion in the US alone.
PREM Group Is Making A Difference
The goal of the Pandemic Response Equipment Manufacturing (PREM) Group, which was co-founded by Lyle Rusanowski, President and CEO of Delta, is to align with individual and corporate donors to manufacture as many disposable isolation gowns as possible and donate them to hospitals to help save lives.
PREM is a non-profit organization that and relies exclusively on donations and volunteerism. Within a very short period of time, was able to bring nearly 30 companies nationwide together for this cause. PREM Group has been able to secure:
Plastic film enough to make nearly 10,000 isolation gowns
Metal fabricators to make the film dispensing rack
Foot-operated impulse sealer
14,000 rubber bands for unitization
Custom printed labels for box ID
Engineering and design hours
Volunteers to help make and assemble corrugated boxes for shipping
So far, PREM volunteers have made Over 1,000 medical isolation gowns which will be donated to over a dozen organizations including pediatrics, elder care facilities, schools, non-profits and medical centers. PREM Group will also donate reusable N95 masks.
“We have gone with Delta because they outbid and out-design other companies. Now we choose them because they are easy to work with and open minded to new ideas.”
Delta Technology Recognized by the Healthy Arizona Worksites Program
Delta Technology was recognized recently by the Healthy Arizona Worksite Program as achieving the Silver Level of excellence in worksite wellness.
The Healthy Arizona Worksite Award recognizes employers that are making efforts to positively affect the health and well-being of their employees, their families and their community by implementing comprehensive worksite wellness strategies.
The minimum qualifications to be considered for this award include attending the Healthy Arizona Worksite Program training and developing a plan to improve employee health and safety. To qualify for the Silver Level of the award, employers need to support employee health through policy and systems changes.
In a letter to his employees Lyle Rusanowski, President and CEO of Delta wrote:
“Since the day I acquired Delta Technology, I have been a strong advocate towards having a healthier workforce and the benefits it can bring. I will continue to support the Wellness Team and their pursuit of the Silver Level Award by assisting with team communications to all employees, allowing for team meeting times and by actively participating in team functions. I strongly encourage all our employees to be participants in the team’s programming.”
The Healthy Arizona Worksites Program is a public health initiative offered by the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH). Its mission is to help employers learn how to successfully implement worksite wellness initiatives to improve the health of their employees and businesses.
Delta Technology Recognized by the Healthy Arizona Worksites Program
Machine tending is quickly moving toward becoming a large market segment within automation. Delta Technology will be announcing a flexible machine tending platform that allows our customers to choose both the level of automation we provide and the capabilities our customers can contribute.
Partners will be able to get real time pricing while maintaining control of the overall scope of the project. Look forward to more information in the next few weeks and be sure to catch our July newsletter’s featured article about machine tending.
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