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Automatica Showcases European Automation

March 1, 2014

The latest technologies for robotics and automated assembly will be on display at the Automatica show June 3-6 in Munich, Germany.


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Cameras Ensure Proper Design, Dynamics of Aircraft

March 1, 2014

Great advances have been made in computational fluid dynamics and flight-simulation programs. Yet, when it comes to aircraft and missile designs, no amount of modeling can replace real-world testing using wind tunnels.


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Boeing Bets Big on Automation

February 28, 2014

Boeing plans to invest heavily in automation to tackle its huge backlog of commercial jetliners.


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Boeing, Machinists Reach Contract Agreement

February 26, 2014

ST. LOUIS—The Boeing Co. has reached a contract agreement with members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers that moves workers from a traditional pension plan to enrollment in the company’s 401k plan and offers eligible members a signing bonus and wage increases over the life of the contract, which expires in July 2022.


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Airbus Invests in Robotic Assembly

February 24, 2014

An Airbus assembly plant here is leading a project to introduce humanoid robots to the assembly line.


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Raytheon Automates Missile Manufacturing

February 24, 2014

HUNTSVILLE, AL—Raytheon Co. has revolutionized missile manufacturing at its sprawling, classified factory here, where automated transporters ferry missile parts to gleaming assembly stations, and even tuck themselves away for charging when their batteries run low.


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Airbus Tests Investment Casting vs. Laser Sintering

February 20, 2014

NOVI, MI—Airbus Group Innovation and EOS recently conducted a test that pitted rapid investment casting against direct metal laser sintering. Engineers examined an Airbus A320 nacelle hinge bracket, focusing on its overall lifecycle. The testing will serve as the basis for an ongoing cradle-to-grave study into other aerospace parts and production processes.


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GKN Launches Project to Automate Wing Assembly

February 19, 2014

REDDITCH, UK—GKN Aerospace has begun a project that aims to automate the assembly of aircraft structures with the goal of creating high-quality wing structures 30 percent faster than is possible today.


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Boeing to Build New Factory for 777 Wings

February 18, 2014

EVERETT, WA—Boeing will build a new factory here to make wings for its 777X wide body jet, assuring more than a decade of work on advanced composite materials for thousands of Snohomish County workers. The facility will be adjacent to the final assembly line for the jet.


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Helicopter Assembly Plant Expands in Ontario

February 7, 2014

FORT ERIE, ON—Airbus Helicopters is expanding its assembly plant here, adding 40 jobs.


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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.

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