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  • Concept Systems Inc. shared an update
    PostedTuesday, March 10,2020 at 6:06 PM
    Introducing Concept Systems' OnRobotics paint, a fully automated high volume painting system. Limit over-spray, minimize waste, ensure consistent quality, and reduce labor costs. Learn more in this video: https://youtu.be/iSc-oCt8SD0
  • Concept Systems Inc. shared an update
    PostedTuesday, May 17,2016 at 4:26 PM

    No matter where robotics might take you next, a collaborative R&D approach can help realize what needs to be accomplished.

    Have you noticed how ubiquitous robots are becoming? We’re used to seeing them in manufacturing environments welding car frames, assembling circuit boards or palletizing boxes, yet these days you can even find them pouring drinks on a cruise ship, moving LED screens at a concert or solving a Rubik’s cube.

    We recently worked with two different startup companies with a vision for new product niches. Both lacked the manufacturing process knowledge to bring their ideas to life, and were stymied because there were no established norms to follow or OEMs with standard solutions. Their search led them to us because of our broad industry experience in constructing automation solutions, but more specifically because of our reputation for taking on challenging robotic automation projects. And trust me, neither of these are industries an automation solution provider would traditionally target.

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  • Concept Systems Inc. shared an update
    PostedTuesday, April 5,2016 at 5:42 PM
    Manufacturing environments are busy, and avoiding collisions between robots and operators is a high priority. As more manufacturers add robots, there’s increasing interest in ensuring they work safely with each other and with people.
    
    The robotics industry can take pride in its impressive safety record with more than 1.5 million industrial robots operating worldwide, according to Carole Frank, safety director for the Robotic Industries Association (RIA). As robotic applications increase, it’s vital to continue to be vigilant about robotic safety. In fact, risk assessment is now required by new safety regulations: ISO 10218-1 and -2 delineate safety requirements for robots, replacing ANSI/RIA R15.06.
    
    The robotics industry can take pride in its impressive safety record with more than 1.5 million industrial robots operating worldwide, according to Carole Frank, safety director for the Robotic Industries Association (RIA). As robotic applications increase, it’s vital to continue to be vigilant about robotic safety. In fact, risk assessment is now required by new safety regulations: ISO 10218-1 and -2 delineate safety requirements for robots, replacing ANSI/RIA R15.06.
    
    Many robots are certified by a third-party source or approved by their manufacturers. That’s good, but it’s also important to be sure the robot is safe in its surrounding environment. So take a holistic approach and evaluate each industrial application rather than each device separately.
    
    Basically, you want to identify risk sources, estimate the risk, evaluate it, and determine if the risk is acceptable or needs to be mitigated. A risk tree can help you rate each of these parameters: severity of injury, frequency of exposure to hazard, and the possibility of avoiding a hazard. If you’re unfamiliar with the detailed, iterative process of a risk assessment, a systems integrator can provide this service.
    
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    Collision Avoidance Key to Operator and Robot Safety | Concept Systems
    Manufacturing environments are busy, and avoiding collisions between robots and operators is a high priority. As more manufacturers add robots, there’s
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  • Concept Systems Inc. shared an update
    PostedThursday, December 10,2015 at 4:18 PM
    Albany, Ore. (December 10, 2015) – Concept Systems received the 2016 System Integrator of the Year from CFE Media for its accomplishments in developing and installing complex manufacturing automation solutions for companies across a wide range of industries. The award was announced today and was presented at the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute in Chicago last month. “We view the 2016 System Integrator of the Year award as a testament to our 80 employees who use state-of-the-art automation technologies to solve manufacturing problems,” said Michael Gurney, Concept Systems’ CEO. Given annually by CFE Media, the award recognizes business skills, technical competence, and customer satisfaction. Winners are inducted into the System Integrator Hall of Fame. This is the second time Concept has won the award; the first was in 2007. Only two other companies were honored with the award this year. “Concept Systems’ submission is the best I have seen in all the years of judging this competition,” said Don Roberts, principal at Exotec, LLC. “I am certain it is a good reflection of how they serve their customers.” CFE Media notes that Concept has built a reputation as a problem-solver in industries as diverse as aerospace, pulp and paper, building products, food and beverage, and metals. “Our success can be attributed to our employees and their deep understanding of automation technologies,” Gurney said. “We also collaborate well with companies that share our passion for continuous improvement,” Gurney said. “That passion includes treating employees well, taking safety seriously, and adhering to strict quality standards. Those are key elements for our success, as well as customers’ success.” Concept Systems, a CSIA certified member, provides automated solutions that improve efficiency, yield, and worker safety across manufacturing lines worldwide. Concept Systems is dedicated to providing clients with cutting-edge solutions that support complex retrofits, vision and robotic solutions and plant-wide Main Automation Contractor projects. Founded in 1999, Concept has offices in Albany, Ore., Charlotte, NC, Denver, Colo., and Seattle, Wash. and employs 79 people. CFE Media publishes Control Engineering, Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Oil & Gas Engineering and Plant Engineering on a monthly basis to more than 365,000 qualified subscribers. CFE, which is an acronym for “Content for Engineers,” provides engineers in manufacturing, commercial and industrial buildings, and manufacturing control systems with the knowledge they need to improve their operational efficiency. It sponsors the System Integrators of the Year award.
  • Concept Systems Inc. shared an update
    PostedTuesday, June 23,2015 at 4:00 PM

    Elimination of physical barriers to production equipment is key to improving productivity. To get started, however, you must begin with a safety assessment.
    
    In my last several blogs, I wrote about the importance of developing an Automation Roadmap and how to create one for yourself. I am wrapping up the sequence with two topics that often fall off the radar during planning—your network infrastructure and safety. In my last blog, I went into detail about the network side of things. This blog addresses the importance of considering safety at the planning stage.
    
    Manufacturing processes and operational intelligence have benefitted from the rapid advance of technology. Safety has, too. Historically, the most common way to safeguard workers in and around manufacturing equipment was to provide physical barriers between workers and operating equipment. While this type of safety system both provides for safe operation and maintenance as well as meets the appropriate codes, it limits productivity.
    
    Physical guarding must be removed to access the equipment, which is important in every manufacturing process, whether it is for changing a product over, clearing a jam, or performing routine maintenance. Precious manufacturing time is lost while workers remove and replace guarding and ensure the proper interlocks are in place. I would be remiss if I did not mention that many interlock systems also require significant maintenance.
    
    Modern safety technology presents the opportunity for significant productivity gains without sacrificing reliability. It is a matter of opening up the processing line, providing better access and equipment visibility. These technologies do not require physical barriers, yet they provide the same—if not better—level of safety. These include light curtains, laser scanners and area (3D) scanners, all of which can be integrated with existing equipment. Additionally, certain equipment, like collaborative robots, now have safety already integrated.
    
    So, how do you get started? Schedule a safety assessment. This will tell you whether or not your operations are safe. It represents a proactive approach to keeping workers safe around your operations. Before you proceed with the assessment, be sure you are committed to acting on the results. Otherwise, the assessment is not a good investment.
    
    Many systems integrators, automation solution providers and safety component manufacturers offer this service. A safety assessment audits your existing processing lines to determine the risks that are present and identify measures in place to protect personnel from those risks.
    
        Today, technologies exist that do not require physical barriers, yet they provide the same—if not better—level of safety.
    
    As part of the assessment, every operation in your plant will be assigned a risk category, which takes into account the potential severity of injury and the likelihood of occurrence, as well as other factors. This will dictate the level of protection required around that operation. Any existing deficiencies will be highlighted. Your immediate focus should be to address these deficiencies as quickly as possible, as these represent a potential liability for your company.
    
    After the deficiencies are addressed, the risk category, which is the key component of the safety assessment, should be used in your planning. When planning upgrades, include this information and let your integrator know that you want to use modern safety technology to provide better operator and maintenance accessibility. By doing this, your requested budget will likely increase, and, if you read my previous blogs, you know that you need to include a return on investment analysis to establish your budget. Luckily this analysis should be pretty straightforward, as it’s a simple assessment of access time, how often access is required, and the cost of downtime. Having better visibility is an indirect benefit and something that needs to be considered by application, but always be on the lookout for ways to better identify downtime causes and/or prevent downtime.
    
    Safety is one of the hidden gems of the technology boom. It provides several bangs for your buck: greater safety reliability, increased productivity and, most importantly, a proactive way to minimize unplanned costs stemming from unsafe operations and resulting injuries.
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    An ROI Approach to Budgeting | Concept Systems
    Detailed evaluation of anticipated return on investment for each prioritized project helps gain project approval and maximize project results. In my last two
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