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Raytheon Automates Missile Manufacturing

February 24, 2014

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.


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Automated Assembly System Produces Electronic Cigarettes

February 14, 2014

SAN CLEMENTE, CA—Freedom Smokeless has installed a new, U.S.-built, high-speed automated assembly system for its electronic cigarettes.


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Comau to Automate Elio Motors Assembly Plant

February 12, 2014

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.


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Doerfer, Universal Robots Partner for Automated Assembly

February 6, 2014

NASHVILLE, TN—The Doerfer Cos. will integrate Universal Robotics’ software for artificial intelligence and 3D vision to create flexible parts feeders for automated assembly.


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Connector Manufacturer Installs Automated Assembly Line

February 5, 2014

SEABROOK, NH—Connector manufacturer Ardent Concepts has installed a new automated assembly system at its factory here.


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Human-Robot Collaboration Comes of Age

February 1, 2014

New safety rules and technology allow side-by-side workcells.


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New Technology for Linear Motion

February 1, 2014

Engineers have many options for straight-line motion.


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RFID-equipped workcell provides complete traceability

February 1, 2014

 The miniaturization of consumer products presents a double challenge to machine builders.  


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EPSON Unveils Future of Manufacturing Robots

January 22, 2014

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.


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Festo Launches an Online Technical Support Community

January 21, 2014

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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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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