VIDEO: What SMEs Need to Know When Automating for the First Time

VP of Applied Manufacturing Technologies advises on budgeting, partnerships and common mistakes for SMES.

Automation and robotics are everywhere these days in the manufacturing world.

In the popular press, we see images of large assembly lines from OEMs and major Tier 1’s that use very sophisticated robots to perform applications ranging from pick and place tasks to advanced machining.

But how do you know advanced automation is right for your business?

In the video above, we speak with Craig Salvalaggio, VP of engineering at Applied Manufacturing Technologies about how SMEs can find their way in the world of industrial automation today.

Salvalaggio explains how SMEs can know when they’re ready to take the leap into advanced automation, how to efficiently budget automating a production line, working with system integrators and other partners, what mistakes SMEs commonly make when automating for the first time.

To learn more, watch the video above, and then visit

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James Anderton

Jim Anderton is the Director of Content for Mr. Anderton was formerly editor of Canadian Metalworking Magazine and has contributed to a wide range of print and on-line publications, including Design Engineering, Canadian Plastics, Service Station and Garage Management, Autovision, and the National Post. He also brings prior industry experience in quality and part design for a Tier One automotive supplier.