As you’ve no doubt seen and heard, businesses are starting to open after the shutdowns due to COVID-19. We can expect consumer demand to begin ramping up again as people get back to work, and that demand will trickle down to manufacturing.
As I mentioned in last month’s newsletter, the COVID-19 crash is the third economic slowdown I’ve been through – the “dot-com” crash and the 2008 financial crisis being the other two. What I’ve noticed is that the recovery always presents an opportunity to gain an “unfair share” of the available market. In other words, when demand picks up, the companies that prepared to supply the increasing demand grow faster than the overall market. They end up catapulting over others simply because they strategically planned ahead while their competitors just hunkered down.
COVID-19 has also exposed risks that many companies didn’t know they were running. We are already seeing a growing focus on automation as manufacturers look to mitigate the effects of similar shutdowns in the future. This means all automation companies will be busy and lead times will be pushed out.
One way to get your automation program started ahead of everyone else is to put a deposit in for the engineering work. This way, you claim your place in the queue and get detailed designs completed, while others are still trying to figure out basics like what machines will be a part of their plans. Delta is currently working with several companies in this exact way, and we are encouraging others to prepare for the future with us now. You want to be one of the companies ready to start their build while others are “on hold”, either fighting for a spot in the design phase or waiting for a slot in the shop schedule.
Act now to get your “unfair share” of the market that will be up for grabs as soon as the economy starts turning back on!
Lyle Rusanowski, CEO
Lately, food manufacturing and processing has been featured quite a bit in the news, and more consumers have recently become keenly aware of the requirements of strict hygiene, and how it relates to food safety. The solution to satisfying this need is strategically implementing critical technology into the food manufacturing process. Better visibility and transparency of food and beverage product sourcing and manufacturing can and must be achieved through technological advances. In this time of “Consumer 2.0”, buyers are even more savvy and rational in their purchases, preferring to take a long-term view and putting more thought into what goes on their shopping list.
Industrial robots and automated manufacturing systems have entirely transformed almost every industrial sector, improving productivity and operational efficiency to an unprecedented level.
The food industry, however, has been a bit slower to jump on the automation bandwagon, mainly due to food products differing significantly in shape and consistency.
The differing characteristics of these items, plus the variety of complex production procedures, has made it challenging to develop economically viable automation solutions.
Delta Technology and Telsonic, one of the leading industrial ultrasonics suppliers worldwide, announced a partnership to offer ultrasonic products to US manufacturers.
The industrial use of ultrasonics is continually opening up interesting new application possibilities. Today, they are found everywhere in modern production processes where conventional methods reach their limits
More than 200 billion screws are used every year across the United States. These sturdy fasteners are an excellent example of small things that make a huge impact.
Six Gripping Facts about Screws:
- Archimedes developed the screw and used it to construct devices to raise water. It was built from wood and was used for land irrigation and to remove bilge water (dirty water that accumulates in the lowest part of a ship).
- History says the screw head was invented around 400 BC by scientist and philosopher, Archytas of Tarentum. Many hail this contemporary of Plato as the founder of mechanics.
- The first use of screws during the time of the Ancient Greeks was not for fastening, but instead for pressing grapes and olives.
- Although screws were popular fasteners, factory production didn’t start until the mid-1700s. Before large scale manufacturing, English blacksmiths delivered unfinished nails to families, who then laboriously filed the threading by hand.
- As you can imagine, in the beginning (and well before factory production), no two screws were alike! All that changed in 1928 when the National Screw Thread Commission established a standard for screw threads, to allow for interchangeability.
- In 1794, David Wilkinson designed a screw-cutting lathe with a slide rest. This allowed the machine to work at a constant speed and guided the cutting tool properly so that it produced an official thread. He has been called the “father of the American machine tool industry.”
“I like Leon’s one on one, hands on approach. He is very good at explaining things, he writes good manuals, wrote the software, and he came out to do the start up. I don’t find this in a lot of other companies.”
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