Welcome to ENGlobal.com

Delivering Innovation

Welcome to ENGlobal.com

Delivering Innovation

Government Services

Manufacturers in every industry are investing in robotic automation. Companies in food and consumer goods, electronics, metal processing and the automotive sector are using robots to improve productivity and reduce costs. However, just automating existing processes may not be enough to stay competitive in international markets. What’s needed is a complete rethink of what happens now, coupled with the imaginative application of emerging robotic innovations.
Automation Is Growing
The Robotic Industries Association (RIA) reports that robot sales in the first quarter of 2017 grew by 32 percent since the first quarter of 2016. Leading the charge are applications in welding (both arc and spot), coating and dispensing. Also, there’s a growing use of robotic automation being put to work in handling, machining tending, assembly and packaging operations. Companies that aren’t adopting robotic automation today are missing the benefits of higher quality, increased capacity and a safer workplace for their employees.
Robotic Technology Is Advancing
Industrial automation is a fast-developing field, and a host of robotic innovations have appeared in the last few years. Spider-like Delta robots, 2-D and 3-D vision guidance, and force sensing are examples of technologies that increase speeds and reduce the need for expensive part fixturing. Collaborative robots can operate without cages, saving space and moving in concert with human workers. In addition, compliant grippers that can grasp irregular and unpredictable shapes, such as produce or mixed parts, are enabling automation of tasks previously only suitable for human hands.
The coming years will see new robotic technologies for gauging and inspection, robotic 3-D printing and Cloud-based approaches to improving utilization and uptime. Two more robotic innovations to watch for are the recently introduced ZDT and FIELD from FANUC.
Zero Downtime Technology (ZDT) is a Cloud-based approach to improving Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). With ZDT, robots send status information via Ethernet to a remote server. Here, data-mining software monitors operating parameters and detects trends. If a component such as a motor or bearing starts showing signs of wear, the system flags a need for replacement before problems develop. This prevents unplanned maintenance and repair work.
FANUC Intelligent Edge Link and Drive (FIELD) goes even further. This Industry 4.0 technology, consisting of hardware and software[Office2] , is a way for FANUC robots to communicate with machine tools, sensors and peripherals distributed throughout a factory.  Shared information may include operating status, work queues, tool conditions, speeds, temperatures and more — increasing flexibility, accelerating output and boosting quality. To stimulate further innovation, FANUC has designed FIELD as an open platform so robot users and integrators are free to develop their own novel solutions to manufacturing challenges.
Evolution and Innovation
Implementing new robotic technology may seem intimidating for manufacturers unfamiliar with robots. To avoid technical hurdles on the road from project conception to completion, it pays to partner with an experienced robotic integrator. We has extensive robotics experience and can guide companies through the installation process to ensure a project is successful and minimally disruptive.
When the time comes to add a new cell, there’s a temptation to just apply the lessons learned. Consider this the evolutionary approach. It’s safe but it’s not going to yield a step-change in productivity or help use methods that competitors can’t match. Gaining competitive advantage demands new technologies used in new ways.
Prioritizing Innovation
Automation is an opportunity to improve operations, and that’s especially true with the robotic innovations being introduced now. Rather than a short-sighted decision to insert a robot into an existing process, it’s better to start with the ultimate goal to achieve, then work back to define the full automation solution that will lead to that goal the most directly and cost effectively. It’s important to question current processes and be open to new ways of performing those operations. For example, vision guidance may eliminate part fixturing, and force sensing may enable precision assembly.
Sometimes it takes another pair of eyes from outside your organization to spot opportunities, and that’s where an experienced integrator can help. Steeped in automation technology and knowledgeable about the latest robotic innovations, challenges assumptions and presents new ideas — all with the goal of helping to improve operations and lower costs.
Get Industrial Automation Services with ENGlobal
If you’re looking for innovative solutions to your manufacturing challenges, contact us today. We’ll help you take a step forward with flexible robotic automation.

Kevin M. Palma

Director

Mr. Palma has served as a Director of the Company since June 2016, and is a member of the Audit and Compensation Committees.

Mr. Palma served as the Chief Financial Officer of B-29 Investments, LP, an energy private equity firm, from 2006 until he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in December 2018, and also served as the Chief Financial Officer of B-29 Family Holdings, LLC, a family office, since its inception in 2014 until December 2018. In his role within the private equity space, Mr. Palma focuses on investment strategy, investment execution, and portfolio company management for both privately-held and publicly-traded companies.

Mr. Palma currently serves on several private company boards, including Silver Creek Oil and Gas, LLC, Caliber Completion Services, LLC, and Klear Bit Technologies, LLC. His past experiences on private company boards include Crest Pumping Technologies, LLC and TEC Holdings, LLC (which was recently rebranded as AXIS Energy Services, LLC).

Kevin M. Palma

Prior to his roles at B-29, Mr. Palma was a member of the energy investment banking team at Raymond James & Associates, focusing on capital market raises and merger and acquisition activity.

Mr. Palma is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas, and holds a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School in addition to a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Texas.

Committee Membership: Audit Committee, Compensation Committee

Kevin M. Palma

Director

Kevin M. Palma

Mr. Palma has served as a Director of the Company since June 2016, and is a member of the Audit and Compensation Committees.

Mr. Palma served as the Chief Financial Officer of B-29 Investments, LP, an energy private equity firm, from 2006 until he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in December 2018, and also served as the Chief Financial Officer of B-29 Family Holdings, LLC, a family office, since its inception in 2014 until December 2018. In his role within the private equity space, Mr. Palma focuses on investment strategy, investment execution, and portfolio company management for both privately-held and publicly-traded companies.

Mr. Palma currently serves on several private company boards, including Silver Creek Oil and Gas, LLC, Caliber Completion Services, LLC, and Klear Bit Technologies, LLC. His past experiences on private company boards include Crest Pumping Technologies, LLC and TEC Holdings, LLC (which was recently rebranded as AXIS Energy Services, LLC).

Prior to his roles at B-29, Mr. Palma was a member of the energy investment banking team at Raymond James & Associates, focusing on capital market raises and merger and acquisition activity.

Mr. Palma is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas, and holds a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School in addition to a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Texas.

Committee Membership: Audit Committee, Compensation Committee