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Kohler Excels at Manufacturing Small Gas Engines

Reliability in the field starts with quality on the assembly line.
June 3, 2014

Small gas engines are the lifeblood of the outdoor power equipment industry. They run all sorts of commercial and consumer devices, ranging from lawnmowers and generators to power washers and portable welders.


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Robotic Grasp Technology Will Put an End to Clumsy Robots

May 23, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, UK—A way of teaching robots to pick up unfamiliar objects without dropping or breaking them has been developed by researchers at the University of Birmingham. The research paves the way for robots to be used in more flexible ways and in more complex environments.


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Flextronics Unveils Highly Flexible Assembly Line

April 7, 2014

MILPITAS, CA—Flextronics has installed a flexible automated assembly line at its factory here that can be quickly changed to adapt to new products or production processes.


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Framing Forms Backbone of Medical Device Manufacturing

April 1, 2014

 As orthopedic and medical device technology evolves, so do the manufacturing processes of industry leaders like Acumed. 


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Doerfer, Universal Robots Partner for Automated Assembly

February 6, 2014

NASHVILLE, TN—The Doerfer Cos. will integrate Universal Robotics’ software for artificial intelligence and 3D vision to create flexible parts feeders for automated assembly.


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Flexible Fixturing for Robotic Welding

December 1, 2013

 A robot equipped with an adaptive gripper can provide an alternative to maintaining multiple jigs for automated welding. 


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Pick-and-Place Machine Boosts Flexibility of EMS Provider

December 1, 2013

Telecom-industry leaders Nokia Corp. and Alcatel-Lucent know the importance of quality work and long-term relationships. So it is no surprise that both have been regular customers of well-known electronic manufacturing services (EMS) provider Kyrel Oy for more than a decade.


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The Role of People in Automated Assembly Systems

Cost and flexibility are two factors to consider when deciding which processes to automate in an assembly system.
September 9, 2013

There’s an old joke that the factory of the future will be so automated that it will have just two employees: a guard dog and someone to feed it. Fortunately or not, such a scenario remains the purview of science fiction. Indeed, despite advances in robotics and automation, people remain the most flexible assembly technology.


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New Assembly Tools Steer Innovation at Kenworth

The Chillicothe, OH, factory uses robotic technology to build better trucks.
August 9, 2013

Think all big trucks look the same? Don’t tell that to an engineer at Kenworth Truck Co. The legendary firm is synonymous with hard-working, well-built vehicles.


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There’s No Kicking Back at La-Z-Boy

Continuous improvement cuts cost and boosts quality.
July 3, 2013

La-Z-Boy is one of the best-known brands in the residential furniture industry. The company is synonymous for its comfortable reclining chairs. But, La-Z-Boy is also well-known for lean manufacturing and its made-in-the-USA production philosophy.


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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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