What is a Robotic Systems Integrator?

What is a robotic systems integrator and what is their purpose for manufacturing? Within this article, we explore often-asked questions and provide explanations about how integrators work and why they’re important in today’s fast-paced industrial landscape. Buckle in and get ready to learn all about these high-tech professionals who are continually improving the face of […]

The Guide to Robotics and Automated Systems

Robots have long been a staple in science fiction movies and have provoked inspiration across the world for what the future could look like. With the rise of automation and AI technology, robots offer advantages that traditional manual labor simply cannot match. However, making the switch to robot-powered manufacturing can be a daunting decision for companies […]

Investing in Custom Solar Panel Testing Equipment: What U.S. Manufacturers Need to Know

Investing in the right solar panel testing equipment is an important decision for any U.S. manufacturer. It’s essential to have the most up-to-date and accurate information available in order to remain competitive in the global market. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of investing in customized testing equipment and why it’s beneficial for manufacturers […]

How to Choose a Parts Feeding System

The motivation behind investment in automated machines is to maintain a competitive advantage. With these needs, important questions emerge on the path to finding the right kind of investment. The technology is out there, we can help break it down. The changing manufacturing landscape demands the planning of long-term investments and improvements so companies can […]

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 


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


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 […]