Automation Profiles

Detailed profiles of real-world multistation automated assembly systems.

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Automated Assembly System Installs Quad Rings

 Sensors verify that the rings have been installed correctly. 


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High-speed automation for bottle cap assembly

Continuous motion assembly system produces three-piece caps for plastic squeeze bottles.

Plastic squeeze bottles for water or Gatorade are ubiquitous at sporting events around the world. Hundreds of millions of them are produced annually.


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Rotary Indexer Assembles Hinges for Car Doors

This eight-station automatic system produces a hinge in less than 10 seconds.

Manufacturing engineers have two options for obtaining an automated assembly system. They can get each component—an automatic screwdriver, a rotary indexing dial, a gripper—from individual suppliers and integrate the parts themselves. Or, they can ask one supplier to deliver a turnkey machine.


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Walking Beam System Assembles Medical Device

Centrifugal feeders singulate and orient cylindrical parts.

Farason Corp. has been designing and building automated assembly systems for more than 25 years. Based in Coatesville, PA, the company has designed automation systems for food, cosmetics, medical devices, pharmaceutical products, personal care products, toys and solar cells. The company’s client list includes Blistex Inc., Crayola Crayons, L’Oreal USA, Smith Medical and even the U.S. Mint.


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Indexing Dial Fills, Assembles Beverage Caps

Before snapping the parts together, the system dispenses liquid or powdered ingredients into the assembly.

Premixed, ready-to-drink, functional beverages are certainly convenient, but that convenience comes with some trade-offs.


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Automation Profiles: Robots Help Philips Shave Assembly Costs

Flexible feeders are the key to a future-proof assembly system.


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Automation Profiles: Tumbler Maker Stays Hot With Cool Automation

A unique inflatable gripper handles parts.
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Automation Profiles: Integrator Sheds Light on Assembly Challenge

Robots assemble parabolic solar concentrators.
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Automation Profiles: Automation Ensures Driver Safety

Grammer AG of Amberg, Germany, assembles active headrests on a 14-station automated assembly system designed by DEPRAG.
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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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