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Computrol Inc. provides mid- to low-volume, high-mix electronic manufacturing services to OEMs around the world. From its manufacturing facilities in Meridian, ID, and Orem, UT, the company serves military, medical, aerospace, broadcast and general-industry customers.
Every year, millions of people worldwide buy and use household appliances made by AB Electrolux. These products include microwave ovens, dishwashers, washing machines, dryers, stoves, vacuum cleaners and water heaters sold under brand names like Westinghouse, Chef and Electrolux.
Wichita, KS, calls itself the Air Capital of the World. The city has a long, proud heritage of aerospace manufacturing.
MOBILE, AL—Comau Aerospace has been selected by Airbus to supply the main assembly and test stations for the A319, A320 and A321 aircraft at the company’s new factory under construction here.
BERLIN—Kuka Systems was awarded another major contract from Volkswagen to build a robotic assembly line for the rear underbody and side members of vehicles. The robots will perform such tasks as spot welding, dispensing and material handling.
APEX, NC—ATI Industrial Automation, a supplier of tool changers and other robot accessories, will break ground Friday on an expansion of its corporate headquarters here. The project will add 200 new jobs and more than double the company’s manufacturing operations.
EVANSVILLE, IN—Systems integrator Evana Automation Specialists has delivered a custom robotic screwdriving system to a manufacturer of construction products. The system automates the assembly of modular aluminum fencing, which drastically reduces manual labor and increases quality.
For decades, automotive engineers have looked to the aerospace industry for new ideas. Back in the 1930s and 1950s, Detroit was inspired by the sleek designs of innovative airplanes such as the Northrop Alpha and the Grumman F4F Wildcat.
RSS Manufacturing & Phylrich is a manufacturer of high-end plumbing fixtures and fittings for decorative faucets. It specializes in short-run production, with turnaround time as quick as 24 hours.
Introduced in 1983, SCHUNK’s pneumatic “Industrial Hand” became the starting point for gripper development that continues today.
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