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“We Fed It” is a regular series profiling parts feeders for automated assembly. Whether it’s a vibratory bowl, a tray feeder or a flexible robotic system, if you’ve solved a parts-feeding challenge, we’d like to hear about it. Send an e-mail to John Sprovieri, editor of ASSEMBLY, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 630-776-0924.
ASSEMBLY magazine is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, we are conducting a series of interviews with manufacturing executives from various industries. “21st Century Assembly” will look back on the technologies and strategies that have made a big impact on manufacturing and—more importantly—look ahead to the future.
Companies involved in creating the products and components that are critical to our everyday lives face an urgent need to make their supply chains less vulnerable to events that could interrupt their businesses.
The hazards of supply chain gaps and the advantages of domestic manufacturing became painfully clear during the pandemic. Unprecedented pressures are compelling companies to innovate and reshore production back to the U.S. to mitigate global risk and augment resiliency.
In 1961, the first industrial robot was installed at a GM factory in Ewing Township, NJ, to lift hot pieces of metal from a die-casting machine. Today, the automotive industry has the largest number of robots working in factories around the world.