Automated Assembly

Robot Boosts Productivity at Faucet Manufacturer

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STONY BROOK, NY—Before the faucet maker RSS Manufacturing & Phylrich installed a machine-tending robot, processing 1,500 units on a tube bender using manual labor would take three days. With the robot, the same job takes four hours.


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Automation Keys Productivity at Toothbrush Factory

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IOWA CITY, IA—Automation enables the Oral-B assembly plant here to produce 1 million toothbrushes daily.


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People, Robots Work Side by Side at Japanese Assembly Plant

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SAITAMA, Japan—People and humanoid robots are working side by side on an assembly line at an assembly plant here that makes money-handling machines.


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Detroit Diesel Tracks, Traces and Controls Module Assembly

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Sitting under the hood of every new car—and many older cars made since 1990—is the engine control module (ECM). Often referred to as “the car’s computer,” it usually employs the most powerful and expensive microcontroller in the vehi-cle.


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Foxconn on Track to Deploy 1 Million Robots

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BEIJING—Foxconn Technology is on track with its goal to a create a “million robot army,” and it already has 20,000 robots in its factories.


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Evana Automation Wins Order from Automotive Supplier

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EVANSVILLE, IN—Systems integrator Evana Automation has received a multiyear contract from a Tier 1 automotive supplier to provide six custom assembly and test systems that will simplify the production of automobile steering assemblies.


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Adept Lands $2.6 Million Robot Order

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PLEASANTON, CA—Adept Technology Inc. has received $2.6 million robot order from Castec International Corp. in Taiwan. The robots will be used in high-precision workcells to produce subassemblies for smart phones.


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Systems Integrator Delivers Assembly Line to American Axle

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EVANSVILLE, IN—Systems integrator Evana Automation Specialists recently delivered a clutch assembly line to American Axle & Manufacturing Inc. The line integrates both fully and semiautomatic processes.


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RFID Systems Assure Quality Assembly, JIT Delivery

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Both Lear Corp. and Hyundai Motor Manufacturing have found a manufacturing home in Montgomery, AL. Lear operates a plant that makes and delivers seats to the nearby Hyundai plant for just-in-time installation in Sonata sedans and Sante Fe SUVs.


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Rotary Indexer Assembles Hinges for Car Doors

This eight-station automatic system produces a hinge in less than 10 seconds.
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Manufacturing engineers have two options for obtaining an automated assembly system. They can get each component—an automatic screwdriver, a rotary indexing dial, a gripper—from individual suppliers and integrate the parts themselves. Or, they can ask one supplier to deliver a turnkey machine.


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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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