- SPECIAL REPORTS
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.
SAN CLEMENTE, CA—Freedom Smokeless has installed a new, U.S.-built, high-speed automated assembly system for its electronic cigarettes.
SHREVEPORT, LA—Robot supplier and systems integrator Comau Inc. will provide Elio Motors with powertrain and automated assembly systems to build the company’s three-wheel, high-efficiency vehicle here.
NASHVILLE, TN—The Doerfer Cos. will integrate Universal Robotics’ software for artificial intelligence and 3D vision to create flexible parts feeders for automated assembly.
SEABROOK, NH—Connector manufacturer Ardent Concepts has installed a new automated assembly system at its factory here.
New safety rules and technology allow side-by-side workcells.
Engineers have many options for straight-line motion.
The miniaturization of consumer products presents a double challenge to machine builders.
TOKYO—EPSON provided a big-picture view of the future here at the International Robot Exhibition last November by demonstrating how robots will automate the manufacturing floor over the next three to five years. Among the most attention-grabbing demonstrations was that featuring autonomous dual-arm robots that EPSON aims to have in commercial production by the end of March 2016.
HAUPPAUGE, NY—Festo has launched an online support community for users of its motion control equipment. Community members can post a question 24/7 or answer an already posted question. Forum topics include pneumatics, electric drives, software, fieldbus, process automation, sensors, vision and standards.
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