Keyence AI Vision Systems: An SDC Supplier Spotlight

Sideview of Keyence AI Camera mounted on a machine

Vision systems are a necessity for automated machines. Detecting bar codes, verifying part presence and positioning, quality tracking, and operator safety are just a few crucial roles that they play. Manufacturers can troubleshoot and identify machine faults, track production rates, and confidently operate. The guesswork is off the table with this new AI technology, and […]

Unlocking Potential: Furthering Careers at SDC

Steven Douglas Corp. stands out as a custom automated machine builder with a distinctive edge. We design, engineer, and build custom machines that automate manufacturing processes around the globe and our passion for our work is unmatched. For over 25 years, we have been able to recruit and retain some of the brightest minds in […]

Collaborative Robots and Their Impact on Manufacturing


For decades, industrial robots have focused on increasing speed and payload capacity. Over this time, these robots have gotten bigger, stronger, and more dangerous, while their programming languages have only become more complex. To address these safety issues and simplify implementation, manufacturers are increasingly integrating industrial collaborative robots, or cobots, into their production processes. Below, […]

SDC’s Project Management Process

In an era defined by technological advancements, the automation of manufacturing processes stands as both a beacon of progress, and a growing necessity in our modern world. Because of this, it is invaluable to grasp the leadership required in automation development. In this comprehensive blog, we will journey through the stages of automating manufacturing at […]

Assembly Robots 101: The What, Where, and How of Assembly Robots in Manufacturing

MECA Robot for Microscopic Assembly Cell

Steven Douglas Corp. (SDC) offers manufacturers a wide range of solutions for high-speed precision assembly automation. For over 25 years, our team of automation experts has worked with manufacturers in virtually every industry to automate historically manual, labor-intensive tasks and improve current automation processes. By relying on our custom and specialized automated robotic assembly machines and systems, manufacturers […]

The Ultimate Guide to Turnkey Machines

With so many variations of what a turnkey manufacturing machine could look like, determining the right fit according to your manufacturing needs can be a challenge. Is it an industry-specific work cell? Is it a machine platform that an automated machine builder uses to tailor a solution? One thing is for certain, every product is […]

Our Key Takeaways – The Assembly Show 2023

The Assembly Show was held in Rosemont, Illinois this year, and turned out to be a great resource for all things assembly. From lean manufacturing, to understanding what the factory of the future looks like, we are sharing some of our key takeaways. With over 220 exhibitors and more than 24 presentations, this event opened […]

Improving Medical Device Manufacturing with Automated Machines

Medical devices demand nothing short of manufacturing excellence. We have opened the conversation about the world of cutting-edge automated technology and how we help to sculpt the way medical devices are produced. From robotic work cells to advanced imaging systems, these innovations are revolutionizing the machines that make life-saving products. This blog uncovers the exploration […]

The People Behind Industrial Automation

Behind every successful automated machine are some brilliant minds that have put their creativity and hard work together to deliver the best solutions for manufacturing challenges. These are the people who have revolutionized industries and reimagined manufacturing processes by improving efficiency and safety, reducing costs, and boosting productivity. They might not be in the limelight […]