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Researchers Invent New Automated Inspection System

April 30, 2012

MAGDEBURG, Germany—Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF have come up with an automated visual inspection system that is reliable and economic even for one-off production runs.


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Northrop’s Integrated Assembly Line Produces First F-35 Fuselage

April 3, 2012

PALMDALE, CA—Northrop Grumman Corp. has delivered the first F-35 center fuselage produced by its Integrated Assembly Line (IAL). The IAL maximizes robotics and automation, providing additional capacity and assembly capability while meeting engineering tolerances that are not easily achieved using manual methods.


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ASSEMBLY Planbook: Man vs. Machine

February 28, 2008
Once upon a time, manufacturers attempted to automate everything and remove the human element with lights-out factories. But, people are still found on many assembly lines today because humans are still the most programmable, efficient "machines" for most assembly tasks.
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Automation Dos and Don'ts

July 27, 2007

Investing in automation requires a major commitment of time, money and other valuable resources. Unfortunately, end users often repeat the same mistakes with automation, because of time constraints and budget concerns.

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Automation vs. Outsourcing

December 1, 2006
No matter what type of product they make, all manufacturers walk the same fine line and face many of the same burdens. For example, when the path to profitability reaches a T or a Y, management often must make a critical decision: go left and invest in assembly automation technology, or go right and outsource production.
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Tackling the Automation Challenge

October 1, 2006
Intense market pressure is forcing manufacturers to adopt faster production processes.
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Toys Today; Engineers Tomorrow?

December 8, 2004
A new museum exhibit in Chicago makes manufacturing look cool.
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Special Section: Automation Pioneers

May 20, 2003
Ford has always been at the leading edge of new technology.
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Then & Now: The Mechanical Marvel

February 1, 2002
The first fully automated assembly line was created more than 80 years ago.
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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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Live from The Assembly Show, the hosts of Manufacturing Revival Radio sit down with Adam Malofsky, Ph.D., president and CEO of Bioformix to discuss his company’s innovative, energy-saving adhesives and polymers, which cure without the need for heat or light. 

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