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The ASSEMBLY Blog is written by our team of editors and industry experts. It provides thought-provoking opinions on issues and trends in manufacturing, as wells tips, tricks and suggestions for implementing assembly technology.
SCHUNK on Automation

SCHUNK Grippers Have Set Assembly Benchmarks for More Than 30 Years

September 30, 2013

Introduced in 1983, SCHUNK’s pneumatic “Industrial Hand” became the starting point for gripper development that continues today.


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Assembly Automation

Working With the Lights Out

In their attempts to avoid costly labor, engineers can overinvest in machines.
November 26, 2012

Automation is wonderfully economical—except when it’s not. Time and again, I’ve seen smart engineers make dumb automation decisions, some of them ruinous.


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SCHUNK on Automation

Trends in Robot Accessories

The right accessories can boost the flexibility and reliability of robotic assembly operations.
October 22, 2012

The efficiency and reliability of an industrial robot largely depend on its end-of-arm tooling. However, engineers often forget that the interface between the end-effector and the robot arm also plays a critical role.


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Assembly Automation

Rolling Stones and Root Causes

October 5, 2012

It's human nature to want to solve what appears to be the immediate issue. However, it makes little sense to frantically mop up a flooded house while the faucet remains wide open.


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SCHUNK on Automation: Energy Efficiency Leads to Overall Success in Manufacturing

July 27, 2012

Changing even a few, small parts of your assembly process can make a big difference in energy efficiency and operating profit.


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SCHUNK on Automation: The Hidden Potentials of Mechatronic Grippers

May 9, 2012

Pneumatic grippers or mechatronic grippers? That is the question.


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Budde on Assembly Automation: What Makes a Good Specification?

October 21, 2010
These specification guidelines for automated assembly systems will give you more consistency where consistency is beneficial, and more variety where variety can help you take your business to the next level.
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Budde on Assembly Automation: Getting the Most Out of Your Assembly and Test Equipment Provider

August 19, 2010
A difference has emerged between the equipment buying practices of the more traditional industries, such as automotive, appliances and consumer goods, and those of the life science, heavy equipment and green energy markets.
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Budde on Assembly Automation: Our Industry Needs New Blood

June 14, 2010
No matter where you turn in the assembly and test world, the average employee age is creeping up. How can we attract new talent to our industry?
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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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