Unique Parts Feeding Capabilities: Supplied by Bellco Feeders

A Steven Douglas Corp. (SDC) customer in the medical industry had nearly five years of successful production by an SDC automated assembly machine. This machine manufactured a medical device to help those who suffer from sleep apnea. After a revision in the product line, the machine needed retrofitting to accommodate the new product specifications. Customer […]

Integrated Inspection Solutions: A Cognex Partnership

Cognex Camera Inspecting a Part

With over 20 years specializing in developing unique automated solutions, Steven Douglas Corp. (SDC) recently completed a project that set new standards for vision requirements and improved the assembly and testing process for a long-standing partner in the automotive industry. SDC’s assembly machines usually integrate more than one camera to visually inspect specific points throughout […]

SDC Department Spotlight: Office Administration

SDC Office Administration

The people who make up an office administration team play a critical role in helping a business run smoothly. As a constant component across every industry, these essential team members uphold the standards of a cohesive team. For Administrative Professional’s Day (April 27), we took a dive into our office to spotlight some of SDC’s own […]

Understanding the 3 Types of Mechanical Actuators: Pneumatic, Hydraulic and Electric 

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Mechanical actuators are mechanisms that use a source of power to achieve physical movement. These are essential and can be found on nearly every automated machine. The three main types of actuators are pneumatic (air pressure), hydraulic (fluid pressure) and electric.  Pneumatic Actuators  Pneumatic actuators use compressed air or pressurized gas to create a controlled […]

SDC Awarded Second Consecutive Robotics Award

FANUC

It was with great honor that we accept the 2020 award for outstanding sales growth for the second year in a row from FANUC.  As a FANUC Authorized System Integrator (ASI) Level III, Steven Douglas Corp. (SDC) has achieved another year of at least 50% increase in robots purchased (and integrated into automated systems). Our […]

Superior Servo Motor Creates Quality Partnership

For most machines we design, at least one servo axis is required to drive a precision linear or rotary mechanism. Allen-Bradley fulfills our needs and fuels our innovative standards with their superior servo motors.

Automate Manufacturing Processes During a Labor Shortage

Material Handling Conveyor System

The global COVID pandemic caused nearly all manufacturing industries to face challenges without warning. One of them is the massive and sudden reduction in their workforce, which caused costly disruptions and operational impacts ranging from the factory floor to the larger supply chain. And whether employees were laid off, quit, or transitioned to a part-time […]

The Importance of a Preventative Maintenance Plan

Preventive Maintenance

Keeping your automated machine running at full efficiency should hold the highest priority in your production facility. A comprehensive preventative maintenance plan given to you by your automated partner helps your team implement routine maintenance. Developing a plan to routinely service your machine maintains your facility’s optimization and prolongs the technical health of your operation. […]

How Robotics And Automation Can Help Companies Fulfill Alternative Energy Initiatives

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Various industries around the globe are beginning to understand the positive financial and environmental impacts of turning to cleaner, more sustainable energy alternatives, especially as the effects of climate change are worsening each year. As the green energy initiative grows, manufacturing companies are also becoming aware of their role in contributing to cleaner energy practices […]