Automated Assembly

Inline Wire and Cable Identification

By Pete Doyon
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Automated marking improves harness assembly, product traceability and plant productivity.
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Sensors for Pneumatic Cylinders

By Jack Moermond
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Engineers have developed several ways to detect extension or retraction of a pneumatic cylinder. Anisotropic magnetoresistive and giant magnetoresistive sensors are smaller, faster and reliable alternatives.
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Inspection: Ensuring Reliability in Vision Systems

By Jim Camillo
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Producing a reliable vision system is no accident. It begins with creating a strong specification that carries through to component selection, system development and, finally, deployment.
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Robotics: Two Arms are Better Than One

By Jim Camillo
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When preparing parts for assembly, automakers can always use an extra hand or two. One automaker has found those hands at the end of a dual-arm robot. For the past four years, the automaker has used the dual-arm robot to shorten the cycle time to treat the front and back surfaces of a suspension component.
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Medical Device Assembly: Lasers Make Marks in Medical

By Jim Camillo
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Lasers are used extensively by medical professionals to surgically remove tumors or repair skin, eyes and hair. Interestingly, these types of lasers are also being used by medical device manufacturers to mark codes directly on their products as a way to improve traceability.
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Motion Control: Fly Me to the Moon

By Larry Hansen
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Miniature linear slides met critical requirements for an automatic tool changer on NASA’s new lunar robot.
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Motion Control: New, Quieter Stepper Drives Boost Performance

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Testra Corp. has introduced a new technology that virtually eliminates the noise and vibration associated with microstepping step motors.
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Robotics: Innovations in Grippers

By John Sprovieri
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Inspired by nature, engineers are developing new gripper technologies that promise to make robots more flexible.
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Dispensing: Sweating Bullets

By John Sprovieri
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Ammunition assemblers find a silver bullet in innovative sealants applied with a high-speed automatic dispensing system.
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Appliance Assembly: Automation System Sucks It Up

By Dagmar Dübbelde
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When German appliance manufacturer Vorwerk designed a state-of-the-art vacuum cleaner, it needed a state-of-the-art automation system to assemble it.
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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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Welding: Principles & Practices

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