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Articles about vision systems, leak testers and other technologies for testing and inspecting parts and assemblies.

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Sales of Machine Vision Systems Set Record

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ANN ARBOR, MI—Total sales of machine vision components and systems increased 11 percent to $1.04 billion in the first half of 2014, according to the AIA, the industry’s trade group. This is the best first half performance by the North American machine vision market since the AIA began tracking quarterly statistics in 2009.


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Johnson Controls Opens New Crash Test Facility

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PLYMOUTH, MI—Johnson Controls has opened a new state-of-the-art crash test facility at its automotive seating headquarters here.


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Vision System IDs Part Codes Superfast

By Jim Camillo
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Product traceability is essential for every automotive supplier, regardless of its specialty. International supplier Continental Automotive Group, for example, requires traceability of all of its products, including parts for brake systems, power trains, chassis, tires and vehicle electronics.


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Auto Industry Shatters Recall Record

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WASHINGTON—With six months left in 2014, automakers have already recalled more vehicles in the United States than in any other year on record.


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Automated Inspection Delivers Quality PCBs

By Jim Camillo
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Canadian-based PCB manufacturer Candor Industries Inc. is well known in the industry for its ability to produce prototype standard circuit boards very quickly—often within 24 hours. More complex prototypes can be completed in three days and be in full production within 10.


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Dimensional Measurement System Improves Quality at Supplier of Watch Parts

By Jim Camillo
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Founded in 1854 as the Waterbury Clock Co., Timex Group USA is, and has been, America’s leading watchmaker for more than a century. The company’s watches are sold in more than 80 countries worldwide and manufactured in the Americas, Asia and Europe.


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Sensors for Automated Assembly

The typical multistation automated assembly system is equipped with myriad sensors.
By John Sprovieri
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Assembly machines are dumb. They can only do what they’re told, over and over again. Without a sense of sight or touch, they can’t know if parts or pallets are where they’re supposed to be.


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Automotive Applications for Assembly Presses

There are myriad applications for assembly presses in the automotive industry.
By John Sprovieri
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Automotive assembly most often conjures up images of welding robots and electric nutrunners. But, another technology is just as important for assembling a wide range of automotive components—presses.


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Tier 1 Automotive Supplier Takes Smarter Approach to Part ID, Traceability

By Jim Camillo
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Smart cameras are a standard vision-inspection tool for manufacturers in the auto industry, whether they’re a lower tier supplier or one of the Big 3.


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CMM streamlines production of composite structures for aircraft

By Jim Camillo
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Based in Hayden, ID, Unitech Composites and Structures (UCS) has been fabricating complex components for fixed and rotary wing aircraft since 1979.


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EVENTS

First Article Inspection Best Practices

5/6/14
Online

On-Demand   This webinar will highlight the ease of both repeat inspection and once-over parts by utilizing Portable Coordinate Measuring Machines (PCMM) and the automation functions of industry leading software.

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Automate 2015

3/23/15
McCormick Place
Chicago, IL
United States

Automation is helping companies in every industry become stronger global competitors. To succeed, you need the right solution providers, the right technology, and the right expertise. Automate 2015 will provide it all and more!

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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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