Automated Assembly

XYZ: Electronic Camming Improves Pick-and-Place

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Cam-driven pick-and-place devices have long been a staple of high-speed, multistation automated assembly systems.


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European Assemblers Invest in Automation

By Claudia Huber
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Engineers from around the world will converge in Munich this May for the Automatica trade show.


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Systems Integrator Expands in Ontario

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CAMBRIDGE, ON—Eclipse Automation Inc. has opened a custom manufacturing facility in Cambridge to handle welding, sandblasting, painting and fabrication work.


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Integrator Designs Automated Assembly Line for Automotive Sensors

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LONDON, ON—Systems integrator Edge Automation has designed an multistation automated assembly system that can produce a sophisticated golf ball-sized transmission sensor every 10 seconds.


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Quick-Change Artists

Servo-driven grippers lend flexibility to automated assembly lines in the automotive industry and beyond
By Jesse Hayes
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The major advantage of robots is their flexibility. It’s ironic, then, that robot end-effectors are typically custom-made for a specific part.


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Robots Help Manufacturers Stay Competitive, Expert Says

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FORT COLLINS, CO—Robert Harvey disputes the claim that robots are job killers. In fact, the sales manager at custom automation supplier CBW Automation says it’s the opposite—robots keep U.S. companies competitive.


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Assembly In Action: Indexer Automates Wire Forming for Seat Component

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“Wire forming is our business,” automotive supplier JR Manufacturing writes on its Web site. As proof, the company points to the fact that it currently makes more than 100 wire seat components for major automakers, including Acura, Chrysler, Honda, Lexus, Mitsubishi and Toyota.
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Automation Empowers Disabled Workforce

By Wayne Riley
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Robotics and assistive technologies enable blind workers to produce precision parts and assemblies.
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Nozzles for Automated Dispensing

By Brian Verrilli
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The right nozzle can play a key role in the success of an automated dispensing application.
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High-Performance Servos Boost Throughput

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Fifty milliseconds may not seem like a lot of time. Indeed, the human eye takes between 300 and 400 milliseconds to complete a single blink. And yet in the context of a high-speed automated assembly system, in which a single linear actuator might make more than a dozen moves per minute, 50 milliseconds here and there can really add up.
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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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