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Gail McGrew
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Gail McGrew is a project writer at AMT. She has more than 25 years of experience in B2B writing and content development for corporate communications, media relations, and marketing in the technology, manufacturing, financial, life sciences, and many other industries. She contributes to AMT News, AMT’s white paper series, IMTS Spark, AMT press releases, and more.

Gail McGrew is a project writer at AMT. She has more than 25 years of experience in B2B writing and content development for corporate communications, media relations, and marketing in the technology, manufacturing, financial, life sciences, and many other industries. She contributes to AMT News, AMT’s white paper series, IMTS Spark, AMT press releases, and more.

Posts by Gail McGrew
Technology
By Gail McGrewMay 13, 2021

Commercial Off-the-Shelf Software for Robotics

Until recently, in order to deploy robots in your plant, your business would need to hire a systems integrator who procured the hardware, designed the process, and programmed the robots. Experienced systems integrators play an invaluable role...

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Technology
By Gail McGrewMay 06, 2021

Lights-Out Manufacturing

Lights-out manufacturing is receiving a fair amount of press due to its promise of complete automation. The thinking is that if some automation is good, complete automation is even better!

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Technology
By Gail McGrewApr 29, 2021

Programming Robots

Programming is key to any robotic system because it is how information and instructions are communicated to the robot to make it function and carry out tasks. The most common programming methods for industry robots are teach pendants...

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Intelligence
By Gail McGrewApr 28, 2021

Manufacturing Explorers Visits Major Tool & Machine

AMT visited Major Tool & Machine to learn more about its work for NASA’s Artemis program. MTM has manufactured several components of the SLS and Orion spacecraft, including cone panels, RS-25 rocket engine nozzles, and tank-related components.

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Technology
By Gail McGrewApr 22, 2021

Autonomous Mobile Robots

Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are slowly replacing automated guided vehicles (AGVs) in manufacturing and logistics operations due to their greater functionality and flexibility as well as their lower upfront investment cost.  

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Technology
By Gail McGrewApr 15, 2021

The Evolution of Robotics

The two categories of robots used in manufacturing are industrial grade robots and collaborative robots (cobots); adaptive robots were only introduced in 2019. We will examine how each new generation of robots is more flexible and intelligent...

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Technology
By Gail McGrewApr 06, 2021

End of Arm Tooling for Robotic Arms

Recent advancements in end of arm tooling (EOAT) have made robotic arms increasingly useful throughout manufacturing. Heating devices can mold and bend materials, pressure sensors provide feedback...

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Technology
By Gail McGrewApr 02, 2021

The Evolution of Automation Technology

Automation technology used in industry has evolved from conveyor belts used since the late 19th century to move coal, ore, and other raw materials, to automated material handling (AMH) systems that provide multiple types of movement and functionality...

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Technology
By Gail McGrewMar 19, 2021

Manufacturing Digital Twins: Understanding Digital Twins and How Standards Can Enable Them

In his presentation “Manufacturing Digital Twins: Understanding Digital Twins and How Standards Can Enable Them,” Jan de Nijs, LM Fellow for Enterprise Digital Production, Lockheed Martin, reviews the formal definition of the digital twin...

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Technology
By Gail McGrewFeb 25, 2021

Latest Version of the MTConnect Standard Contains New Data Items for Additive Manufacturing, Robotic

In September 2020, the MTConnect® Institute released Version 1.6.0 of the MTConnect standard, the free, open industry terminology or “semantic vocabulary” for discrete manufacturing. The new version includes several important updates...

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