Articles by Austin Weber

The Lighter Side of Automotive Assembly

Automakers are ramping up to use more carbon-fiber composites.
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Carbon-fiber reinforced composites are popular in the aerospace and marine industries as a lightweight alternative to aluminum, steel and other metals. The material is also used to produce railcars, wind turbine blades and sporting goods.


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Robotics and 3D Printing Get Creative at Cornell Lab

Robotic grippers and 3D printing are two passions of Hod Lipson, an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and computer science at Cornell University.
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The facility was created by Lipson in 2001 to develop robots that “create and are creative. We explore novel autonomous systems that can design and make other machines automatically,” he points out.


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What Happened to the Future?

The 112th annual Chicago Auto Show just ended the other day.
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In the past, the highlight of the show for me (and many others) has always been the concept cars. But, I was disappointed by the lack of innovation on display.


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Belts, Rollers or Chains?

Engineers have three options for moving a pallet down an assembly line.
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This year marks the centennial of the moving assembly line.


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Robots Are Ready for Reshoring

Robotic screwdriving offers a flexible alternative to offshore production.
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Manufacturers in many industries are reshoring their assembly lines. Several factors are behind this phenomenon, including the ability to automate assembly tasks that traditionally used manual or semiautomated fastening equipment.


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Lean Manufacturing Transforms Medtronic

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Medtronic Inc. is a leading manufacturer of catheters, defibrillators, pacemakers, stents, valves, surgical instruments and other medical devices. The company operates state-of-the-art assembly plants around the world.


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Medical Device Manufacturers Slowly Go Lean

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Compared with the automotive industry, medical device manufacturers are in the early stages of applying lean manufacturing principles.
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High-Volume, Low-Mix Is Keen on Lean

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Kaizen (continuous improvement) is a key principle behind lean manufacturing initiatives in all industries.


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Lean Layouts Boost Medical Device Productivity

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Plant floor layout in the medical device industry is typically dictated by the types of products being produced.


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Energy Harvesting Could Change Medical Device Assembly

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Traditionally, hearing aids, pacemakers, defibrillators, cochlear implants, neurostimulators and other medical devices depend on lithium-ion batteries. However, batteries add extra weight. Batteries also raise numerous safety and reliability concerns.


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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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