Automated Assembly

Integrator Delivers Assembly System for ABS Modules

EVANSVILLE, IN—Systems integrator Evana Automation has shipped a custom assembly and test system to a leading Tier 1 automotive supplier. The machine will assemble and test ABS brake control modules.


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McClellan Automation to Collaborate With Patti Engineering

AUBURN HILLS, MI—Patti Engineering Inc., a specialist in control systems integration, will expand its collaboration with McClellan Automation Systems, a company that designs and builds automated assembly systems.


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The ASSEMBLY Show Preview

Some 200 exhibitors will display the latest technologies at this year’s ASSEMBLY Show.

The new, compact C4 six-axis robot from EPSON Robots can perform a standard cycle—move a part 1 inch up, 12 inches across, 1 inch down, and back again—in just 0.37 second. 


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Robot Transfer Unit Adds Flexibility to Machining Production

Methods Machine Tools has built top-notch automation equipment in North America since the late 1950s. It has seven regional technical centers across the United States, including one in Wixom, MI, that focuses on automotive applications.


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Simplifying integration of peripheral devices

MotionWorks will be able to work with HMIs from several widely used vendors.

When designing a complex machine, engineers have two options. They can get all parts of the system—controller, drives, motors, I/O and human-machine interface (HMI)—from a single vendor. Or, they can pick and choose devices from mul-tiple suppliers.


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Rotary vs. Linear Indexing

Suppliers complement their cam- and servo-driven systems with newer technologies like direct-drive indexers and precision-link conveyors.

BMW performs a lot of welding operations at its assembly plants, which are located throughout Europe and in South Carolina. Recently, the automaker hired The EDAG Group to develop a small-lot welding system for a European plant.


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Manufacturing Robots Gaining Popularity in China

GUANGZHOU, China—Robots are playing a greater role in Chinese industry as manufacturers there feel the pressure of a severe worker shortage and soaring labor costs.


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Evana Automation Designs Machine to Assemble Lane-Departure Warning Systems

EVANSVILLE, IN—Systems integrator Evana Automation Specialists has shipped two multistation assembly systems to a Tier 1 automotive supplier to produce lane-departure warning systems.


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BBS Automation Buys Ixmation

MUNICH—BBS Automation Group has acquired fellow systems integrator ixmation AG from Conzzeta AG.


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A.G. Russell Acquires Bodine Automation

BRISTOL, CT—Systems integrator The Arthur G. Russell Co. Inc. has acquired Bodine Automation Technology, a division of Missouri-based DTE. The Bodine assets acquired include its intellectual property, engineering/service operations, and parts inventory.


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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.

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Anyone even thinking about advanced power tools needs to pick the brain of Eric Dees. He’s the Global Lean Business Process Leader for Ingersoll Rand Power Tools and Category Manager for their Assembly Tools Business.

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