Automated Assembly

The Assembly Show Is Here!

Manufacturing professionals can see the latest assembly technologies, learn from industry experts, and network with their peers at the Assembly Show this month.

There are three reasons to attend trade shows: to learn about industry trends and new ways of doing things; to network with industry peers; and to see new technologies. This month’s Assembly Show will not disappoint on any of those fronts.


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New Technologies to Shine at Assembly Show

A host of innovative new technologies will be unveiled next month at the Assembly Show, the only event dedicated exclusively to assembly technology.

ASSEMBLY magazine has been around since 1958. In that time, we’ve had lean years and great years. We’ve changed our name three times, and we’ve been bought and sold at least five times. We’ve survived tidal shifts in both U.S. manufacturing and publishing. (If you had told me 26 years ago that I would be spending 30 minutes a day on something called Twitter…)


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Integrating a Vision System

A well-written spec can help engineers wade through the myriad options available for vision systems.

Vision system integration has come a long way. With increased processing power, more powerful algorithms, and lighting and optics designed for more demanding requirements, more applications can be solved today than ever before.


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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.

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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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.

Podcasts

 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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2015 March

The 2015 March Assembly includes our cover story on Ford's Aluminum Wonder Truck plus much more. Check it out today!

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