More than 5,500 manufacturing professionals saw the latest robots, fastening tools and automation at the sixth annual ASSEMBLY Show, which was held Oct. 23-25 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.
The past year brought blockbuster headlines for U.S. manufacturing. Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn unveiled plans to build a $10 billion assembly plant in Wisconsin that would make liquid-crystal display panels and employ as many as 13,000 people.
Factors to consider that will help select the best production platform for lean operations
December 1, 2018
By providing a systematic way to identify and remove waste, lean manufacturing is more than just an extra tool in your manufacturing toolbox. It's a way of life. To be good at lean, companies must commit to it and pursue lean techniques vigorously. That includes making intelligent decisions about how and when to use automation technology to become, and to stay, lean. Is it possible to use automation and still be"lean"? This paper answers that question.
In many automotive parts, a small defect can cause big problems. This explains why Tier 1 suppliers increasingly use machine vision to inspect parts used for steering, air bags, seat belts, brakes, electronic controls and exhaust.
Assembling an acoustic guitar of world-class caliber requires more technology than you might realize. Hand craftsmanship is still the hallmark of Taylor Guitars, which has been in business nearly 45 years.
Ordinarily, parts are presented to a robot for pick up at fixed locations, the escapement of a feeder bowl, for example, or the pockets of a thermoformed tray. To save space and eliminate the cost of trays and feeders, manufacturers would like a robot to pick randomly oriented parts out of a bin, box or tote.
Businesses increasingly recognize the growth opportunities offered by digitalization and interconnectedness. These technologies are enabling new business models, efficient use of resources, and cost-effective production of highly customizable products. These developments are collectively referred to as "Industry 4.0."
On Demand Extremely customizable in even the most complex applications, automation systems are beneficial for a wide variety of reasons. After this webinar, you will know why to automate, how to identify your requirements, and automation components.