Today, every car tire is equipped with a wireless pressure sensor that warns drivers of dangerously low pressure levels. Given that there are more than 1.5 billion motor vehicles worldwide, that equates to at least 6 billion pressure sensors.
U.S. manufacturers have faced significant headwinds this year: supply chain problems, a skilled labor shortage, inflation, and the war in Ukraine. And yet despite these issues—or perhaps, because of them—manufacturers continued to invest in people, plants and equipment.
Manufacturing in the age of Industry 4.0, digitally connected machines and smart factories require a new breed of engineers who are equipped with a fresh set of skills. That’s why Arizona State University recently launched the School of Manufacturing Systems and Networks.
There’s nothing quite like a multistation automated assembly system. Watching robots, actuators and indexers go about their carefully choreographed routines with little or no human intervention can seem nothing short of miraculous.
Like many long-established car manufacturers, the company that would become Škoda Auto started in the early 1890s by making bicycles. Today, you won’t see velocipedes rolling off of Škoda assembly lines, but you just might see plug-in electric vehicles.
Most manufacturers agree that digital transformation is necessary to remain competitive today and thrive tomorrow. Many large companies have already begun initiatives. But, when asked to quantify the impact of those initiatives on the bottom line, they often come up short.
On DemandYou have probably heard how easy cobots are to program. But just how easy are they to install yourself? If you need help, what options exist to assist you with integration, and what factors should you consider when making that decision? In this webinar, you’ll learn the pros and cons of the three main paths to automation integration.
On DemandNow, it’s more important than ever for modern facilities to embrace industrial automation. At the heart of automation is the continuously changing control panel. In this webinar, we’ll discuss key characteristics of an optimized design, how to exceed industry standards, and more mission-critical ways to optimize the electrical and network infrastructure on the plant floor.
On Demand According to ASSEMBLY’s annual Capital Equipment Spending Survey, 25 percent of U.S. factories make more than 1 million products annually. The only way to meet that kind of volume is with automation. Tune into this exclusive panel discussion featuring executives from four of the top systems integrators in North America: Arthur G. Russell Co. Inc., ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc., IMA Automation North America and Lanco Integrated.
On DemandAutomated assembly applications have consistently demanded higher precision from robots and other mechanical devices, and higher resolution from sensors to position those mechanical devices. Humatics has developed a patented radio frequency-based technology, called Microlocation, that creates highly-precise real-time location data for high-value objects to enable three dimensional control and visibility, even in highly unstructured environments, enabling a wide range of process improvements including cycle time, quality and human/robot efficiencies.
On Demand Automation technologies have progressed to the point where the majority of manufacturing businesses have multiple processes that are ready for robotic automation. But with so many business challenges driving automation, and so many different components, tools, and robot models contributing to automated systems, how can businesses prioritize what processes to automate first?
On Demand Packaging professionals are increasingly turning to palletizing automation to sustain productivity during labor shortages. Collaborative palletizing systems feature small footprints and fast implementation, which help to remove bottlenecks and mitigate ergonomic issues for workers – but where should businesses look to get started?
On Demand Collaborative robots, or cobots, are the fastest-growing segment of the factory automation world. In this webinar, application experts at market leader Universal Robots have assembled a set of guidelines and checklists to help companies large and small identify promising applications, and get started with collaborative robots.