Ultrasonic welding can handle most plastics assembly applications. Other friction-based processes, such as vibration welding and spin welding, can usually tackle the rest. However, that necessitates investing in three separate machines at considerable cost.
OPELIKA, AL—Medical device manufacturer Baxter has completed a $270 million expansion project that has increased the size of its assembly plant here by more than double. The project will also more than double that number the facility’s workforce to more than 350.
Cardinal Health Inc. is a Fortune 500 health care services company based in Dublin, OH. The company specializes in distribution of pharmaceuticals and medical products, serving more than 100,000 locations.
Robots are increasingly being made to mirror humans. The best example of this is the dual-armed robot—such as ABB’s YuMi and Rethink Robotics’ Baxter—designed specifically to work closely with people on the assembly line.
CHESTERTON, IN—EasyDial, a manufacturer of portable hemodialysis machines, has begun construction on a new 42,000-square-foot assembly plant here. To be completed in March 2018, the $21 million facility is expected to create 96 jobs.
Since 2008, 28 million cars have been recalled in the United States because they contained air bags that could explode and hurl shrapnel into drivers during even minor fender benders. Ten deaths and more than 100 injuries have been linked to the faulty air bags.