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    Recent Posts by Tim Bartlett

    Tim Bartlett has been a leader in the assembly industry for almost 50 years and is considered by many to be an authority on assembly automation. A short list of companies that he has helped improve productivity over the years includes IBM, Northern Telecom, GM, Ford, and Intel.

    What Questions Should I Ask When Exploring Assembly Automation?

    The fourth in a series of articles by Tim Bartlett on productivity, returned value and understanding cost.

    The first three articles in this series outlined the step-by-step process of considering, budgeting, and implementing an automation/productivity project. In this article, we will dive deeper into the actual steps and address the most common pitfalls to avoid. 

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    Project Implementation of Production Process Automation

    The third in a series of articles by Tim Bartlett on productivity, returned value and understanding cost.

    The first article in this series discussed determining the potential value of a given project and quantifying the impact of relevant issues that would affect the outcome. The second article reviewed how to establish a budget to define capital and resources that would be brought to bear. This now brings us to the implementation stage. As with any change, big or small, you will encounter resistance, even if you did not in earlier stages. The project starts to become real and the changes imminent, and that scares people.

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    Establishing an Approved Budget for Automation

    The second in a series of articles by Tim Bartlett on productivity, returned value, and cost.

    The first article in this series discussed determining the potential value of a given project and then quantifying the impact of relevant issues that would affect the outcome and returned value of that project. Once these have been properly vetted, it is time to move to the budget approval stage. Because this is the final stage of the evaluation of any project, it must be properly completed and can include returning to previous stages in order to clarify or confirm various issues and their potential value.

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    Should I Consider Automating My Production Process?

    This blog is the first in a series of articles by Tim Bartlett on productivity, returned value, and cost.

    Automation should only be considered if it brings real value to the process or business. Value can take the form of improved assembly speed, but, although this is the most common reason for automating, it is not always the most valuable or most effective at improving productivity and returning value.

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