Automated Assembly

The Role of People in Automated Assembly Systems

Cost and flexibility are two factors to consider when deciding which processes to automate in an assembly system.
September 9, 2013

There’s an old joke that the factory of the future will be so automated that it will have just two employees: a guard dog and someone to feed it. Fortunately or not, such a scenario remains the purview of science fiction. Indeed, despite advances in robotics and automation, people remain the most flexible assembly technology.


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Small Servomotors for High-Precision Motion

"We’ve managed to pack quite a lot of power density in a small package." —David Ma, Yaskawa America
September 9, 2013

Semiconductor processing equipment is a notoriously demanding application for motion control engineers. Extreme precision, reliability and smoothness are absolute requirements. At the same time, space is at a premium.


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Systems Integrator Opens Michigan Office

September 5, 2013

TRAVERSE CITY, MI—Systems integrator Trantek Automation Corp. has opened a satellite office in Grand Rapids, MI.


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Systems Integrator Helps Water Heater Company Keep Manufacturing in the United States

September 3, 2013

MIDDLEVILLE, MI—Systems integrator TranTek Automation has designed and built an automated assembly system that has enabled Bradford White Corp. to keep producing water heaters in the United States.


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Texas Manufacturer Installs Vision-Guided Robotic Machine Tending Cell

August 22, 2013

AUBURN HILLS, MI—ABB Robotics and SVIA Industrial Automation have developed a vision-guided robotic machine tending cell for a Texas manufacturer of rock-drilling equipment.


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Systems Integrator Designs Press-Fit System for Tier 1 Supplier

August 20, 2013

EVANSVILLE, IN—Systems integrator Evana Automation Specialists recently delivered a compliant-pin assembly system to a Tier 1 automotive manufacturer of vehicle safety products.


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Boeing Developing Automated Assembly System for 777

August 15, 2013

SEATTLE—At a secret facility in Anacortes, WA, a small group of Boeing engineers will begin testing advanced automation methods for building the soon-to-be-launched 777X jet. The project promises to dramatically change how the plane’s metal hull is built.


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Systems Integrator Expands

August 15, 2013

ST. JOSEPH, MI—Michigan-based systems integrator Edgewater Automation will invest $3 million to establish a production facility in Spartanburg County, SC, and create 53 new jobs.


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Robotic Assembly Cell Improves Production of Oven Doors

July 26, 2013

ADELAIDE, Australia—Electrolux has implemented a vision-guided robotic assembly cell to improve the production of oven doors.


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Integrator to Design Assembly System for Auto Part

July 15, 2013

EVANSVILLE, IN—Systems integrator Evana Automation recently received a contract from a Tier 1 automotive supplier to provide a multistation system to assemble and test a lane departure warning system.


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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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