I still vividly remember the grueling hours, or at least it felt that way at the time, in driver’s education classes. The tests and the hours logged behind the wheel with instructors may have been an irritating barrier between myself and the glorious freedom of a license but I wouldn’t go back...
Audi will be the first company to receive a newly established autonomous driving permit issued...
This year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS 2014) has shown optimistic numbers...
Today on engineering newswire, we’re exploring the ocean in a private submarine, translating vibrations into audio signals, and gaining superhuman strength ... with the help of a robotic exoskeleton ...
While most minds go to jarring images from movies like I, Robot and Terminator (and rightfully so), the robotic apocalypse may not make its presence known in such a blockbuster-style war of intellect and brawn, but rather as a subtle emergence from an unexpected area: manufacturing. The term Internet of Things ...
PHD, a manufacturer of industrial automation solutions, has announced a new, lower cost lead screw version of its series of PHD Plus™ line of electric cylinders and linear slides. In addition ...
By 2018, robots are projected to be used for 27 percent of new line installations for medical device primary packaging — compared to just 3 percent in 2013.
We have all been on the receiving end of a sales pitch that put emphasis on the concept of “value” to us, the customer. Although we know that value is important, few can succinctly define it and fewer still can quantify it.
According to the J.P. Morgan/CSIA System Integrator Survey, the automation industry is experiencing a “steady lift” entering the second quarter. The global survey of professionals in the automation and controls industry shows that food and beverage, chemical, and oil and gas—among the end markets served by CSIA members—are reporting increased activity.
IDT uses Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP software, implemented by Edgewater Fullscope, to support new products and market expansion, as well as address traceability requirements. IDT processes over 25,000 products per day and has over 86,000 customers around the world.
Improving responsiveness to line stoppages can result in significant increases in machinery uptime. If, for instance, your customer is running 1,200 SKUs per month, and you help improve their cycle time by an average of two minutes per SKU, they’re now gaining 2,400 minutes — or 40 hours — of recovered downtime per month.
No one should expect that their next Corolla will be handmade — not by any means — because the company is using human labor as a means to figure out ways to improve automated production lines.
The automotive industry is known for being “guinea pigs,” in the kindest sense of the word. For at least 15 years, these companies have been pursuing an idea that is just now making its way to other industries — it’s the idea of stashing automation and safety controllers on the machine itself, rather than in a centrally-located cabinet. Is it time for other industries to follow suit?
ABB said its fourth-quarter 2013 results were adversely impacted mainly by charges for storm-related project delays and some operational issues in the Power Systems (PS) division. Additional restructuring-related charges were taken in response to the division’s soft order intake in 2013. The company also booked non-operational charges related to certain Group legacy issues.
On today’s show, we speak with two individuals who have their hands all over one our favorite topics. We had the pleasure of sitting down with Steven Tamasi and Maureen Carruthers and gaining an inside view of the National Robotics League (NRL).
Watch and listen to Marlin Steel CEO/Owner Drew Greenblatt as he discusses how automation allowed him to transform his business.
According to The Patent Board, GM received 1,672 U.S. patents in 2013 applied to global product engineering, powertrain engineering, manufacturing, research and development and OnStar organizations. That’s 176 more than second place Toyota and more than twice as many as Ford.
Volkswagen Group announced today that it has grown by about 248,000 employees, representing a rise of 76 percent, since 2007. 123,000 of those are new jobs created around the world, and 125,000 are from employees of companies acquired during that period and integrated into the larger group. At the end of 2013, the company has about 573,000 employees, the highest number in its history.
Global shifts in costs, processes and consumer purchasing habits put the U.S. in a position to revitalize its manufacturing sector and enhance businesses and industry at home. The only thing missing is enough skilled workers to maintain the momentum.
Footage released by the robot's developers on Friday showed Kirobo performing its first mission on the station, talking in Japanese with astronaut Koichi Wakata as part of an experiment testing Kirobo's autonomous conversation functions. Wakata says he's glad to meet Kirobo, and asks the robotic companion how it feels about being in a zero-gravity environment.
Mercedes-Benz is opening a new section at its plant in Tuscaloosa County. The German automaker is cutting the ribbon on a $70 million logistics center at its automotive factory in Vance on Wednesday afternoon. Gov. Robert Bentley is among the officials planning to attend the event.
Today, we’re bringing you details on some of the newest and most advanced technologies that are making automotive production more exciting than ever. Each of the Big 3 automakers have invested heavily in their plants over the last few years, bringing more automation on to the plant floor.
But before we can jump into delivering any of these solutions, we need to step back and take into account the rapidly changing environment of controls and automation. Case in point, control systems once had a life span of decades, but now the range is between three and 10 years.
In the second part of Automotive Insights, sponsored by Omni-ID, we’re talking how re-shoring and the Southeast’s rise is changing American automaking. Over the last few years, the automotive industry has seen more foreign manufacturers, like Toyota, Honda, and Volkswagen, establishing manufacturing operations here in the U.S. What has been game-changing for many is their decision of where in the U.S. to manufacture.
The most distinguishable returns come from better quality and overhead cost reduction. For example, anticipating labor needs allows us sufficient time to right-size and train our contingent workforce to manage peak periods without affecting quality. We are rarely "taken by surprise."
In this inaugural episode of Automotive Insights, sponsored by Omni-ID, we're talking about the growing complexity within the American automotive landscape, from changes within the Big 3, to the revolution of battery-powered cars like the Tesla Model S, and the fact that an increasing amount of American-made cars are now emerging from the Southeastern states, like Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi.
Customers count on their injection molders for expert advice. “Tight tolerance” is a term that is often tossed around loosely in the industry—however, if tight tolerance is not done correctly, parts and products will underperform or possibly fail, resulting in customer dissatisfaction and a tooling and/or process overhaul.
ABB Robotics has recently introduced the IRB 6700 robot family, which is available in payloads from 150 to 300 kg, and reaches from 2.6 to 3.2 meters. They are designed for spot welding, material handling and machine tending.
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