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Boeing to Deploy Robots on Assembly Lines

EVERETT, WA—Boeing may deploy robots on its airplane assembly lines as early as next year. The company has been testing its Fuselage Automated Upright Build technology in secret over the past year and has found success drilling rivet holes on 777 fuselages. Boeing believes the FAUB will improve workplace safety and production speed.


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Robotic Assembly of Automotive Wire Harnesses

New research suggests that six-axis robots can be used to install automotive wiring harnesses.

Multi-axis robot arms perform a wide variety of processes in automotive assembly plants, including painting, welding and fastening.


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China Overtakes Japan as World’s Largest Robot Consumer

BEIJING—China bought one-fifth of the world-s industrial robot output in 2013, overtaking Japan as the largest buyer.


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Cranes, Hoists and Lift-Assist Devices Aid Workers on the Assembly Line

Equipment options range from robust cranes and hoists, to intelligent assist devices and flexible work positioners.

For many years, plant managers told assemblers to “work smarter, not harder” without providing them the proper tools to achieve this goal. This was especially challenging for workers who had to lift heavy objects around their workstations.


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Kohler Excels at Manufacturing Small Gas Engines

Reliability in the field starts with quality on the assembly line.

Small gas engines are the lifeblood of the outdoor power equipment industry. They run all sorts of commercial and consumer devices, ranging from lawnmowers and generators to power washers and portable welders.


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CAD Configurator Speeds Assembly of Palletizer

All professors are teachers, but some are also entrepreneurs. Three of note are mechanical engineering professors Stephen L. Dickerson, Wayne Book and Nader Sadegh, who together founded CAMotion Inc. in 1997 while working at the Georgia Institute of Technology.


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Robots Assemble Circuit Breakers

In the world of assembly, ABB is known primarily for its leading-edge industrial robots. But, there’s much more to this multinational corporation, which operates 300 manufacturing plants in 100 countries, has nearly 150,000 employees, and reported global revenue of $42 billion in 2013.


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Baxter Robot Inventor Among Three Robotics Pioneers to Win Engelberger Awards

ANN ARBOR, MI—Rodney Brooks, Ph.D., the founder, chairman and chief technology officer of Rethink Robotics Inc., is one of three robotics pioneers who won 2014 Engelberger Robotics Awards from the Robotics Industries Association. The awards were presented today at the 45th International Symposium on Robotics in Munich, Germany.


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Robotic Grasp Technology Will Put an End to Clumsy Robots

BIRMINGHAM, UK—A way of teaching robots to pick up unfamiliar objects without dropping or breaking them has been developed by researchers at the University of Birmingham. The research paves the way for robots to be used in more flexible ways and in more complex environments.


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Robot Sales Near Record High

ANN ARBOR, MI—The robotics market in North America posted its second-highest quarter ever in terms of robots ordered in first quarter 2014, according to new statistics from the Robotic Industries Association. A total of 5,938 robots valued at $338 million were ordered by companies in North America in the first quarter 2014, coming in just shy of the all-time record of 6,235 robots valued at $385 million in fourth quarter 2012.


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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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