Robotics Assembly

Harvard Engineers ‘Play’ With Self-Assembling Robots

Engineers at Harvard University have developed a robot that assembles itself into a complex shape in four minutes and then crawls away without any human intervention. It was inspired by origami and a classic children’s toy.


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Manufacturing Robots Gaining Popularity in China

GUANGZHOU, China—Robots are playing a greater role in Chinese industry as manufacturers there feel the pressure of a severe worker shortage and soaring labor costs.


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Johnson Controls, Adidas Test Robotic Sewing

MILWAUKEE—Automotive supplier Johnson Controls Inc. and apparel maker Adidas have launched a research project to study the viability of using robots to sew shoes, athletic wear, and the upholstery for vehicle seats.


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Kuka Aerospace to Open Facility Next to Boeing Plant

EVERETT, WA—Kuka Aerospace plans to open a new 29,000-square-foot facility here adjacent to Boeing’s assembly plant. The facility will employ 75 people when fully operational.


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North American Robotics Sales Set Record for First Half of 2014

ANN ARBOR, MI—Fueled by strong demand from manufacturing companies in all sectors, the North American robotics industry is off to its fastest start ever in 2014, according to the Robotic Industries Association.


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Tesla to Add Robots to California Assembly Plant

FREMONT, CA—Tesla Motors Inc. has halted production at its assembly plant here for the first time as it adds robots to accelerate production of electric sedans and prepares to build its Model X sport-utility vehicle. The $100 million upgrade will add 25 robots with a goal of boosting production by 25 percent.


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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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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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