Automated Assembly

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Rotary vs. Linear Indexing

Suppliers complement their cam- and servo-driven systems with newer technologies like direct-drive indexers and precision-link conveyors.
By Jim Camillo
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BMW performs a lot of welding operations at its assembly plants, which are located throughout Europe and in South Carolina. Recently, the automaker hired The EDAG Group to develop a small-lot welding system for a European plant.


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Manufacturing Robots Gaining Popularity in China

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GUANGZHOU, China—Robots are playing a greater role in Chinese industry as manufacturers there feel the pressure of a severe worker shortage and soaring labor costs.


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Evana Automation Designs Machine to Assemble Lane-Departure Warning Systems

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EVANSVILLE, IN—Systems integrator Evana Automation Specialists has shipped two multistation assembly systems to a Tier 1 automotive supplier to produce lane-departure warning systems.


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BBS Automation Buys Ixmation

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MUNICH—BBS Automation Group has acquired fellow systems integrator ixmation AG from Conzzeta AG.


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A.G. Russell Acquires Bodine Automation

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BRISTOL, CT—Systems integrator The Arthur G. Russell Co. Inc. has acquired Bodine Automation Technology, a division of Missouri-based DTE. The Bodine assets acquired include its intellectual property, engineering/service operations, and parts inventory.


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Producing in Synch With Sales

Manufacturers have two opposite ways of equipping factories to respond quickly to customer demand.
By Richard J. Schonberger, Ph.D.
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There are two opposite ways to equip factories to respond quickly to downstream customer orders: One way is for sequential production, and the other is for concurrent production. Both draw heavily from best practices in lean manufacturing.


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Automated Assembly System Enables Lock Manufacturer to Meet Production Goals

By Jim Camillo
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All cylinder locks may look alike on the outside, but on the inside, each is unique. Internal cylinder components include core pins, springs and sealing plugs—all of which require precise insertion.


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ATS to Acquire M+W Process Automation

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CAMBRIDGE, ON—ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. will acquire M+W Process Automation GmbH and ProFocus LLC, two providers of engineering-based automation services.


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Evana Automation Ships 24-station Assembly and Test System

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EVANSVILLE, IN—Systems integrator Evana Automation Specialists has shipped a 24-station assembly and test system to a Tier 1 automotive supplier of driveline and drivetrain systems.


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Systems Integrator Producing Assembly System for Steering Components

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EVANSVILLE, IN—Systems integrator Evana Automation is building the fifth and sixth of seven custom assembly and test systems for a Tier 1 automotive supplier. The systems will produce steering assemblies.


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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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