Automated Assembly

Mikron Acquires IMA Automation

BERLIN—Swiss automation company Mikron Automation has acquired German systems integrator IMA Automation.


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Zippo to Assemble 500 Millionth Lighter

BRADFORD, PA—Zippo will produce its 500 millionth windproof lighter on June 5 at its assembly plant here.


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Chinese Assembly Plants Pursue Automation

BEIJING—Chinese factories are automating at such a rate, that China may soon overtake Japan and South Korea as the world’s biggest market for robots.


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Robotic Line Assembles Electric Shavers

DRACHTEN, Netherlands—Philips Electronics has installed a flexible, robotic assembly line to produce electric shavers.


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Optoelectronics Manufacturer Invests in Assembly Automation

WALTHAM, MA—Excelitas Technologies has implemented a state-of-the-art high-speed automated assembly system to produce laser irradiance detectors.


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Northrop’s Integrated Assembly Line Produces First F-35 Fuselage

PALMDALE, CA—Northrop Grumman Corp. has delivered the first F-35 center fuselage produced by its Integrated Assembly Line (IAL). The IAL maximizes robotics and automation, providing additional capacity and assembly capability while meeting engineering tolerances that are not easily achieved using manual methods.


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Assembly in Action: Eaton Conveys Efficiency Throughout its Nebraska Plant

Eaton Corp. produces more than 1 million engine valves per day for nearly every automaker and engine manufacturer in the world. One of the company’s largest manufacturing facilities, located in Kearney, NE, supplies highly engineered valves that increase fuel economy, improve efficiency and boost performance.


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Duracell to Invest $36 Million in Tennessee Assembly Plants

CLEVELAND, TN—Procter & Gamble Duracell will invest $36 million over the next three years in its two assembly plants here, create 60 to 80 additional jobs.

 


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Speed Control Basics and Encoder Feedback

SCHAUMBURG, IL—Many motion control applications such as machining spindles and scanning equipment require more than just position values from the motion feedback device. It is also imperative to know what velocity the axis is running, as there may be a need to control the velocity from one speed to another rapidly, or to maintain a constant speed because other operations and triggers need to occur based on the constant velocity.


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Maylasian Automaker Invests $9.7 Million in Robotic Assembly

GURUN, Malaysia—Naza Automotive has invested $9.7 million in a new robotic assembly line at its factory here.


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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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 Live from The ASSEMBLY Show, Bob Wood, president of ECI Spinnomatic, talks about his company’s newest product: a fully automated riveting cell equipped with a rotary indexing table, a six-axis robot, an orbital forming unit, and laser sensors. 

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