Thirty years ago, if you had told me that Bob Dylan would win the Nobel Prize for Literature or that the president of the United States would be able to influence corporate manufacturing decisions through an electronic medium called “Twitter,” I would not have believed you. But, to quote The Bard, “The times, they are a-changin’.”
British systems integrator Exmac Automation has installed a state-of-the-art assembly line here to build a new high-performance automotive engine. The line provides a near clean room production environment and has the capacity to produce 4000 engines annually.
Situated on the University of Michigan campus in Dearborn, MI, is the Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems (IAVS). Faculty and students conduct research on low-mass vehicles, power trains, manufacturing processes, and auto body and chassis systems.
KVH Industries Inc. knows that people love to be entertained in their vehicles. This is why they developed the TracVision satellite communications system about 10 years ago. TracVision can provide hundreds of channels of live satellite television and music to cars, motor coaches, RVs or boats. The most recent version of the system is the A7. Assembling the antenna for the A7 posed an adhesive-related challenge for KVH.
There’s an ongoing push toward lighter, smaller, thinner and more environmentally friendly wire and cable insulation in the auto industry. This affects cutting, stripping, crimping and other wire processing applications.