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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.
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.
NASHVILLE, TN—The Doerfer Cos. will integrate Universal Robotics’ software for artificial intelligence and 3D vision to create flexible parts feeders for automated assembly.
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.
New safety rules and technology allow side-by-side workcells.
Last December, U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) hosted the trials of its first ever Robotics Challenge at the Homestead Speedway in Miami, FL.
EVANSVILLE, IN—Systems integrator Evana Automation recently integrated eight robots into a new powder coating line for a leading commercial wheel manufacturer. Evana provided bases, guarding and end-of-arm tools for the robots, along with programming and control panels to communicate with the finishing line.
TOKYO—EPSON provided a big-picture view of the future here at the International Robot Exhibition last November by demonstrating how robots will automate the manufacturing floor over the next three to five years. Among the most attention-grabbing demonstrations was that featuring autonomous dual-arm robots that EPSON aims to have in commercial production by the end of March 2016.
ATHENS, GA—Researchers at Georgia Tech are applying sensors to people’s arms to train robots to mimic, respond to, and even predict a person’s movements so that the two can work side-by-side more seamlessly.
Dublin, VA, is well known for being named after Ireland’s most famous city. But it is best known as home to the largest Volvo Trucks manufacturing facility in the world.
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