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DUBLIN—The worldwide market for welding robots is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 5.73 percent through 2016.
Safety standards have changed significantly in response to advances in manufacturing technology.
Santa’s helpers depend on adhesives, screws and ultrasonic welding.
A robot equipped with an adaptive gripper can provide an alternative to maintaining multiple jigs for automated welding.
Bradford White Corp. is unique among its competitors in two ways. First and foremost is its business model, which prevents the sale of the company’s water heaters directly to consumers or commercial businesses. Heaters are only sold to licensed plumbers at various supply houses to ensure proper and safe water heater installation, and to prevent code violations.
In ultrasonic plastic welding, three process variables directly affect weld quality: amplitude, duration and force.
Wichita, KS, calls itself the Air Capital of the World. The city has a long, proud heritage of aerospace manufacturing.
BERLIN—Kuka Systems was awarded another major contract from Volkswagen to build a robotic assembly line for the rear underbody and side members of vehicles. The robots will perform such tasks as spot welding, dispensing and material handling.
Letters matter to welders. A, B and C, for example, are grades that employers use to determine a welder’s current ability, work assignments and pay scale. Letter A is the highest grade, followed by B and C.
Standardization is a key concept behind lean manufacturing. It allows assemblers to reduce variation, increase consistency, cut costs and improve productivity by following a prescribed set of work instructions.
Registration is open for AeroDef Manufacturing Summit and Exposition, which takes place on February 25–27, 2014 at the Long Beach (Calif.) Convention Center. Attendees can expect to hear top industry insiders give their take on issues vital to the future of aerospace and defense manufacturing during keynote addresses and panel discussions, according to SME.Read More