In the last several newsletters, I discussed our new Delta 4P – Chief Automation Officer program that enables companies to get access to automation expertise as needed. We’ve designed this program to be technology agnostic, allowing companies to focus on their proficiencies and fold in automation expertise when they need it. This month, I’m introducing a new program that also focuses on allowing companies to control the scope – and thus the price – of their particular projects.
This month we are unveiling our Delta Machine Tending website and tools that allow you to choose your own modules for your machine tending application. You can design a basic robot with some programing, all the way up to a fully-designed robust system.
Strategically, machine tending is something every company with manufacturing machinery should consider. The definition of machine tending is essentially loading and unloading a piece of equipment. Traditionally, this has primarily been focused around CNC machines; however, I would propose (and have seen) machine tending opportunities in virtually every industry… and for a wide variety of applications. If you have an operator manually loading a machine, chances are you can reallocate that operator to add more value and profit to the business by considering machine tending.
Our team at Delta has built a website that is modular and easy to use, providing a real-time quote that you can use as a baseline. When you have the capability to do many of your own modules, you can control the scope and price of the project. The modules are based around Fanuc Robotics, and provide world class Fanuc reliability and options to your projects. Delta has been a proud partner of Fanuc for many years. We could not have asked for a better platform to base our system around.
You can get to the Delta Machine Tending website through our main website at DeltaTech1.com. I’m a firm believer in continuous improvement so as always, we welcome your comments. While you are on the website, give it a spin. Play around with it. Take a few minutes and build your dream system that could fit in with your machines. It might be closer to reality than you think.
Ask anybody to fill in the blank at the end of the statement “George Washington was America’s first _______”, and it’s a safe bet the answer you’ll hear is either “President” or “Commander in Chief”. While it’s certainly true that Washington was our first head of state and led the Continental Army, there’s another first that he is less known for – George Washington was America’s first engineer.
Being a farmer is back-breaking work, and it especially was in the 1700s, long before power tools or machines of any kind. Harvest quality and yields were always at the mercy of mother nature, since there were no technologically advanced indoor grow houses like we have today.
George Washington was a farmer (prior to becoming involved in the political pursuits he is most famous for), and was constantly searching for innovative methods of improving his crops, soil, and the work itself. Learning and understanding the science of the plants he grew, the soil those plants grew in, and farming itself helped Washington develop advances in agriculture and land conservation principles that are still in use today.
Even though the tobacco he was growing was a success both in product quality and financially, he came to understand that those plants were destroying his fields. Realizing quickly that he must make a change, Washington researched other things he could grow that would maintain or increase profitability, while keeping the soil healthy. He found wheat to be the answer to not only repairing and preserving the planting area’s grounds, but to providing fiscal stability for himself as a farmer.
Ever the intellectual and industrious individual, our future first president analyzed the grounds of his farm thoroughly and deliberately, fixated on getting the most out of the elements he had to work with and what components he could add or adjust. His intended goals were attained, through his own development of plans for strategically placed fertilizer storage areas, and novel ways to grow and rotate crops to get the most yield and best quality while at the same time avoiding product loss and allowing the soil to repair and regenerate. According to EngineeringVillage.com, “Washington also created new farm tools, invented a new plow to rotate and dispense seeds, and advocated the advancement of engineers.”
George Washington created a special flour mix, for which he received his first patent. The knowledge he gained and innovations he made allowed him to expand Mount Vernon (by 6000 acres) to 8000 acres with 5 working farms, support a mule breeding operation, and become a successful grower of numerous crops and orchards of various fruit trees.
Perhaps his interest in these pursuits began at a young age, when he worked as a surveyor – yet another reason to involve our youth in STEM at an early age. George Washington was definitely a ‘STEM Innovator’, and if the acronym was around then, we’d wager that next to his name in the history books we’d see that title nestled among his many accomplishments.
With well over 16 million views in less than a month of the live video simulcast of the August 2nd splashdown on various YouTube channels, there can be no denying the worldwide interest in SpaceX’s Crew Dragon. The last manned US launch was in 2011, and we were all missing the thrill of seeing a rocket blast straight up into the air with brave souls on board who would be able to tell incredible stories about their journey.
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