All-wheel drive (AWD) technology has taken the automotive world by storm in recent years, because of its ability to effectively transfer power to the ground. Today, many sport utility vehicles use AWD for better acceleration, performance, safety and traction in all kinds of driving conditions.
Every motorist uses rearview mirrors whenever they get behind the wheel. In fact, most people look at them every few seconds as they drive. However, few ever give those ubiquitous devices much thought.
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.
Rotor blades, guide vanes and other components for jet engines are made from costly materials and machined to precise tolerances. Such components are typically made in batches, due to the time involved in setting up machine centers. The process also requires a fair number of people to tend the machines and assist in changeover.
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.
The Boeing 777 jetliner is the backbone of many international airlines. The reliable workhorse, which has been used on long-haul flights for three decades, is produced in several variants. The aircraft’s 20-foot-wide aluminum fuselages range anywhere from 209 to 242 feet long.
On Demand Robots are less expensive and easier to use than ever. The technology is well within the reach of even small and midsized manufacturers. Tune into this exclusive panel discussion featuring executives from four of the nation’s top suppliers of robotic technology: ATI Industrial Automation, Epson Robots, FANUC America and Universal Robots.
On Demand Screwdriving is a crucial step in product assembly. It can make the difference in the quality of your product. Join Mike DeGrace, UR+ Ecosystem Manager, as he discusses how the UR+ Ecosystem can help expand productivity in your manufacturing facility – without multiplying the complexity of your processes.
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?