Grumman Corp. has been one of the largest suppliers to the U.S. military for
many years. Recently, the company sought a way to achieve higher accuracies on large-volume
machine tools used to produce the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
Automaker PSA Peugeot Citroën faced two
challenges when welding the body of the Peugeot 3008, which is made at its
assembly plant Sochaux, France. It wanted to achieve high body stiffness and
develop new design options.
Hill PHOENIX Inc. used helium leak detectors
to ensure that all welded joints, mechanical joints and externally supplied
components were tight and would not allow any refrigerant to escape. Unfortunately, the rising price and limited supply of helium presented a
challenge for the company: Find a way to cut leak-testing costs without
For many years, EZ FX has made camera jibs for the
film and video production industries. The company’s EZ Jib and Junior Jib are
used to create sophisticated moving camera shots and also add production value
to film sets. Although both units are portable and set up quickly, EZ FX’s customers had
wanted the company to make them lighter-weight, less expensive and
Contrary to popular belief, mass production and
flexibility are not antithetical concepts. A case in point is a rotary indexing
machine designed recently by Itus-Industrietechnik und Sondereinrichtungen GmbH
of Solingen, Germany. Custom-built for a German automotive supplier, the
machine processes interior parts for right- and left-hand side-view mirrors.
An assembler was using a robot to load and unload a machine. The robot would load a part, wait for the process to finish, unload the part, and pick up a fresh one-a perfect application. And yet, there was still room to improve. This article provides tips and tricks for reducing cycle time in robotic workcells.
Make no mistake about it, error-proofing the fastening process continues to be extremely important for assemblers. The reason is simple: People make mistakes when installing fasteners. Here are some best practices for the fastening workstation.
HVHC Inc. is the parent company of Eye Care Centers of America Inc. To meet Eye Care Centers’ need for product, HVHC opened a new plant in
Schertz, TX. However, one problem remained: several
smaller-volume material-handling applications were being addressed by
people pushing carts between multiple locations.
La Marche Manufacturing has
overcome the limitations related to just-in-time delivery by using Millennium III, an enterprise resource
planning software system with several
modules that tracks the entire manufacturing process from
start to finish.
Technologies plays a crucial role in the performance of Pratt & Whitney jet
engines for commercial and military aircraft. Its thermal burner coatings
provide essential heat resistance to the burner section of the
engines. Recently, ACT expanded its capabilities.