Robotics Assembly

Flexible Feeding for Assembly Automation

March 1, 2014

As high-mix, low-volume manufacturing increases, so does the need for flexible feeders.


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Safety Barriers Also Increase Productivity at Automotive Manufacturer

March 1, 2014

Since the start of the Great Recession in 2008, many Tier 1 suppliers have either closed or downsized.


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Global Sales of Robots Hit Record High Last Year

February 25, 2014

BERLIN—Global sales of industrial robots increased 5 percent in 2013, reaching a record high of approximately 168,000 units, according to the International Federation of Robotics.


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Airbus Invests in Robotic Assembly

February 24, 2014

An Airbus assembly plant here is leading a project to introduce humanoid robots to the assembly line.


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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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GKN Launches Project to Automate Wing Assembly

February 19, 2014

REDDITCH, UK—GKN Aerospace has begun a project that aims to automate the assembly of aircraft structures with the goal of creating high-quality wing structures 30 percent faster than is possible today.


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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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Boeing, Kuka to Host Summit to Seek Suppliers

February 3, 2014

STERLING HEIGHTS, MI—Boeing Corp. and KUKA Systems are hosting a day-long summit Feb. 6 to help aerospace suppliers find their niche in the supply chains of the two companies. KUKA and Boeing have identified more than 50 procurement needs for which they would like to find suppliers.


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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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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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