Change is a Good (Actually, Necessary) Thing

Schunk’s IMTS 2012 theme is “Change leads to success in manufacturing.” The company wants manufacturers to realize that the process upgrades they make today will enable them to become more competitive, profitable and successful in the future.

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Schunk’s IMTS 2012 theme is “Change leads to success in manufacturing.” The company wants manufacturers to realize that the process upgrades they make today will enable them to become more competitive, profitable and successful in the future. It notes that efforts to integrate more advanced technology and equipment are especially important these days, as manufacturers continue to find it challenging to locate skilled workers.
 
The company’s Booth W-2000 features four interactive “blueboard” stations that support this idea. Each station offers brief animated presentations that address manufacturing pain points that can limit productivity and profitability. The brief presentations first post a general question, such as “What change can cut costs in manufacturing?,” then demonstrate a process based on conventional practices. Finally, they explain how changing to a new approach using more advanced technology can enable manufacturers to be more efficient and effective. Equipment highlighted includes the company’s Rota THW Plus chuck for fast part change-overs, Vero S pallet system for lower setup times, compact Tendo E hydraulic toolholder for shorter cycle times and PGM PGN Plus gripper for more flexible automation.
 
The blueboard stations also include iPads with calculators that enable booth visitors to determine how much they can save by integrating newer, more capable equipment. Users can print the results or have the results emailed to them.
 
In addition, Schunk is giving away an iPod each day of the show to those who fill out the company’s Quick-Change Challenge questionnaire. This simple form poses basic questions aimed at identifying manufacturers’ prime challenges so they can determine the most appropriate type of advanced technology to address production bottlenecks.

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