Automated Assembly

Sensors for Automated Assembly

The typical multistation automated assembly system is equipped with myriad sensors.

Assembly machines are dumb. They can only do what they’re told, over and over again. Without a sense of sight or touch, they can’t know if parts or pallets are where they’re supposed to be.


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Robots Assemble Circuit Breakers

In the world of assembly, ABB is known primarily for its leading-edge industrial robots. But, there’s much more to this multinational corporation, which operates 300 manufacturing plants in 100 countries, has nearly 150,000 employees, and reported global revenue of $42 billion in 2013.


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Automotive Applications for Assembly Presses

There are myriad applications for assembly presses in the automotive industry.

Automotive assembly most often conjures up images of welding robots and electric nutrunners. But, another technology is just as important for assembling a wide range of automotive components—presses.


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Fuel Cells Get Ready for Prime Time

Engineers continue to tackle high-volume production challenges.

Many experts tout fuel cells as one of the cleanest forms of green energy, because the devices reduce CO2 emissions and provide greater energy efficiency than combustion engines.


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Systems Integrator Wins Contract for Medical Device Assembly Systems

EVANSVILLE, IN—Systems integrator Evana Automation has received a contract from a medical device manufacturer to provide two automated assembly systems that will produce cardiac panel sensors.


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Linear Motors Revolutionize Conveyance

Linear motor transport systems are entering the mainstream of assembly automation.

Linear motor pallet-transfer systems have been around for more than a decade.


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Innovative servo drive suppresses vibrations

Suppressing vibration dramatically reduces settling time.

 Speed is essential for high-volume assembly. However, speed also creates problems. 


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Could Your Assembly Operation Benefit From Robots?

Assemblers continue to invest in robots. Does your assembly plant employ robots? Is it planning to? Share your thoughts!


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Systems Integrator Building Assembly Systems for Tier 1 Supplier

EVANSVILLE, IN—Systems integrator Evana Automation is building the fourth of seven custom assembly and test systems for a Tier 1 automotive supplier.


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How To Use Robots to Optimize Product Manufacturing

 The food industry is turning to robotics solutions to optimize production. 


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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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