In the food-processing industry, retractable conveyors need to be fast and reliable. The main challenge for conveyor manufacturer KLEENLine has been to find components that could overcome friction problems in various locations within the conveyor.
Recently, Lockheed Martin automated the process of painting F-35 Lightning II jets at its Raleigh, NC, plant in order to save time, improve process control and protect workers from potentially harmful paint fumes.
Durable plastic fasteners are recommended for assemblies where metal fasteners would be either too heavy for the component or too abrasive for the component material. Printed circuit boards are a common application.
Several unique technologies are available to error-proof connector assembly. Using lamps, lasers and real-time video, these products guide assemblers step-by-step through the assembly process, guaranteeing correct insertion.
Automakers are often the driving force behind the latest product and process innovations in assembly. Case in point: European automakers have been using flow drilling screws since 1996 to assemble body panels and chassis made of aluminum and thin materials-which continue to gain favor to make cars lighter.
Recently, a well-known European hybrid car manufacturer asked Satrotec AG to produce a high-voltage wiring system inside an encapsulated electronic enclosure. The automaker specified 180 milliliters of proportioned and mixed polyurethane encapsulant be automatically and accurately dispensed into the electronic enclosure.
Recently, Alfmeier Präzision AG sought a way to improve the performance of lumbar-support devices they supply for seats in luxury cars. The problem involved the devices’ subsystem, which was damaging adjacent seat foam and failing prematurely.
Cummins Inc. faced a challenge when developing its off-highway Tier 3 QSX engine a few years ago. The manufacturer had to find a way to keep the engine’s exhaust manifold joints secure enough to withstand severe vibration, joint fatigue and temperature extremes present in industrial field use.
When Prüfrex received a major new contract to produce small engine ignition control systems for forestry and garden machines, the company decided to replace its existing semiautomated production line with a faster, more powerful alternative.
Watch case component connections are machined at Titan Industries' manufacturing facility in Tamil Nadu. Until recently, the components were loaded manually into machines. However, manual loading significantly limited production speed, so Titan automated the process with a robot.