Automated Assembly

Rotary Indexer Assembles Hinges for Car Doors

This eight-station automatic system produces a hinge in less than 10 seconds.
June 3, 2013

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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Study: Humans and Robots Should Swap Jobs

June 3, 2013

BOSTON—You’ll never understand your robot until you walk a mile in its screws. A new MIT study reveals that when co-working humans and robots cross-train, productivity improves.


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Machine Vision Sales Grew 10 Percent in First Quarter

May 30, 2013

ANN ARBOR, MI—Total sales of machine vision systems in North America grew 10 percent year-over-year for the first quarter of 2013.


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Systems Integrator to Hire 26

May 29, 2013

ERLANGER, KY—Jacobs Automation, which makes modular assembly conveyors based on linear motors, is slated to create 26 jobs and invest more than $1.7 million to build a new facility here.


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Robotic Line Assembles Insulin Pumps

May 24, 2013

SAN DIEGO—Systems integrator JOT Automation has designed a robotic assembly line to make insulin pumps for Tandem Diabetes Care Inc.


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Evana Automation Delivers 21-Step Assembly System

May 14, 2013

EVANSVILLE, IN—Systems integrator Evana Automation recently delivered a lean, 21-step assembly and test system to American Axle & Manufacturing Inc.


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Wisconsin Manufacturer to Spend $50 Million on New Equipment

May 8, 2013

MUKWONAGO, WI—AptarGroup Inc., a manufacturer of dispensers for pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and consumer products, will invest $50 million in new equipment for its assembly plant and R&D facility here.


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Honey-Dos and the Assembly Line

Has a hobby or home improvement project ever informed your work on the assembly line?
May 6, 2013

A recent wordworking project has given me a greater appreciation of assembly line challenges. Has a home project ever informed your work in the assembly plant?


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Rotary Table Bears Heavy Load for Small-Lot Welding System

May 1, 2013

Well known for its engineering expertise, The EDAG Group develops vehicles and production systems for auto manufacturers all over the world. In conjunction with FFT EDAG, its sister company, The EDAG Group also creates complete production facilities for body in white modeling and vehicle assembly.


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The Challenge of Flexibility in Leak Testing

Market conditions demand manufacturers use equipment that accommodates, and accurately tests, a wider variety of parts.
May 1, 2013

Regardless of their location or industry, manufacturers are demanding more from leak test equipment than ever before. Tough economic times and increased competition require companies to use equipment that not only provides accuracy and repeatability, but accommodates a wider variety of parts.


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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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