Before Autoliv Electronics America can provide
top-notch products to its automotive customers, the company must make sure the
equipment at its facility in Southfield,
MI, performs top-notch. One type
of equipment Autoliv uses there is pick-and-place machines, which are used in the assembly of printed circuit boards that mount onto various electronic safety
Many of the 4,300 people who work at
Caterpillar’s heavy-equipment manufacturing plant in Gosselies, Belgium,
are assemblers who bolt together hydraulic valves and hoses before installing
them in medium- and large-sized excavators and wheel-loaders. Until recently, assemblers used a manual torque wrench to tighten the
German manufacturer Fontaine Engineering und Maschinen GmbH makes hot-dip galvanizing equipment, which several U.S. automakers use for coating metal strips. Since 2010, Fontaine has installed sensors in the equipment’s edge-coating control system to ensure uniform coating.
On April 21, 2011-more than 3-1/2 years after first
being unveiled to the world-the Sukhoi Superjet 100 completed its first
commercial flight. Assembly for all versions of the Superjet is done at the
facilities of Komsomolsk-on-Amur
Aircraft Production Association in the Russian Far East.
Having a zero landfill plant is great for automakers, but it isn’t something they can achieve on their own. Tier 1 suppliers, waste-retrieval companies and vendors all play an important supporting role. One such vendor is Orbis Corp. which, for the past several decades, has helped various automakers become zero landfill by supplying their Tier 1 suppliers with reusable containers.
Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. became the first zero landfill auto plant in the United States in 2004, but it wasn’t long before many other automakers followed SIA’s example, including General Motors. Other automakers, like BMW MC in Greer, SC, are on the path to becoming zero landfill.
Lasers are used extensively by medical professionals to surgically remove tumors or repair skin, eyes and hair. Interestingly, these types of lasers are also being used by medical device manufacturers to mark codes directly on their products as a way to improve traceability.
Late in 2009, the Raymond Corp. decided to enhance the material-handling capabilities of its 9000 Series Swing-Reach lift truck. The unit now features a multiturn angle sensor that tracks the position of the truck’s mast to ensure consistent and efficient operation.
Janda Co. Inc. recently upgraded the control system on its welding machinery. No longer are the company’s machines based on relay logic and cam timers. Rather, the company’s machines use either a programmable logic controller or programmable automation controller.