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Human Arm Sensors Make Robots Smarter

February 3, 2014

 Engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a way to allow humans and robots to interact safely. The control system uses arm sensors that can “read” a person’s muscle movements. 

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Big Challenges Still Confront Human-Robot Interaction

February 3, 2014

 New technology allows robots and humans to work closer than ever. But, several hurdles remain before there will be widespread deployment on assembly lines. 

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Robot Works Side-by-Side With VW Assemblers

February 3, 2014

 Volkswagen AG has deployed a robot that works alongside humans at its engine assembly plant here. The six-axis robotic arm is located in the cylinder head assembly section, where it is responsible for inserting delicate glow plugs into cylinder heads. 

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Do Collaborative Robots Make Sense?

February 3, 2014

 Manufacturers have lots of different robotic options available today. Proven technology includes articulated six-axis robots, Cartesian robots, delta robots and SCARA robots, which can each handle a variety of assembly tasks. So, why all the hype about a new class of automation that allows robots and human to closely interact on the plant floor? 

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New Technology Lets People, Robots Work Together

February 3, 2014

Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are attempting to make robots smart enough to work effectively with people. They believe the key may be cross training.

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The Golden Age of Toy Manufacturing

December 19, 2013

Once upon a time, ASSEMBLY chronicled the toy industry on a regular basis. In fact, the magazine debuted the same year that the Hula Hoop ushered in the era of fad toys.

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Toy Manufacturers Tackle Big Challenges

December 19, 2013

Toy manufacturers are faced with increasingly stringent safety regulations and constantly changing consumer tastes. But, mass-customization and 3D printing may help small companies compete.

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Exoskeletons Will Give Soldiers Super-Human Strength

December 19, 2013

Lightweight exoskeletons currently under development will give soldiers superhuman strength. The devices will allow soldiers to easily carry loads of up to 200 pounds.

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Is Battery Power Ready for Combat?

December 19, 2013

Within the next decade, a large portion of the U.S. Army’s huge fleet of vehicles could run on battery power. In fact, the Pentagon plans to acquire more than 92,000 electric vehicles by 2020.

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The World in 1913

October 4, 2013

When the moving assembly line debuted at Ford’s Highland Park factory 100 years ago, the world was becoming a smaller place, thanks to canals, flying machines, road maps and highways.

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Behind the Scenes at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant

People are the heart and soul of the 2012 Assembly Plant of the Year. This slideshow shows some of the men and women who build three different types of electrified vehicles alongside traditional gas-powered cars on the auto industry’s most flexible assembly line—Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, MI. Photos courtesy Ford Motor Co.


Live from The Assembly Show, the hosts of Manufacturing Revival Radio sit down with Adam Malofsky, Ph.D., president and CEO of Bioformix to discuss his company’s innovative, energy-saving adhesives and polymers, which cure without the need for heat or light. 

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