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?
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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.
While RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology has long ago entered into the consumer space — everything from smartphones to pets are loaded with data-laden tags — it’s had a more rocky experience in the industrial space. But that didn't stop Whirlpool from testing the technology, with re-writable surface tags, to display crucial information about a rack at-a-glance or display errors when something goes wrong.
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.
In short, an inert object is “activated” to supplement human limitations. It is not hard to see the analogy with IoT. Isn’t it, after all, about converting an everyday thing, heretofore lifeless, into something which can communicate and possibly work some kind of task, however minute, assigned to it?
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.
Rockwell Automation today announced its intention to acquire Jacobs Automation, a developer of intelligent track motion control technology. The company will be integrated into Rockwell Automation’s Motion Business, with the acquisition expected to close in January 2014.
On today’s episode we are joined by Marc Braun, President of PCdata Inc, for a fascinating discussion where we take a look at the effect logistics automation is having on today’s manufacturers.
The Gibson Box Company has produced corrugated pallets, build-ups and other packaging products since 1999, but company president David Gibson would turn back the clock four years if he could. That is when Gibson first considered purchasing its recently acquired HAECO Engineered Gluing System (EGS).
Reaction Injection Molding (RIM) was invented in Germany in the 1970s, and made its way to America about 10 years later. Originally used for producing automotive components, RIM is a low-pressure, low-temperature process that uses urethane thermoset resins.
Any facet of aerospace, from production to the actual act of flying massive jets around the world, would appear, at face value, to be in direct opposition to sustainability, or being kind to the environment. And while that’s true to a degree, it would be ingenuous to state that there’s no concern for the environment among any of the wide array of companies involved in the aerospace industry.
Could 3-D printing, also called additive manufacturing, revolutionize the production industry to the same extent as Ford's assembly line? When Michelangelo was asked how he sculpted the famous David statue, he's reported to have simply replied, "I just chipped away everything that didn't look like David."
While Forest City Gear has the classic mix of longtime and newer employees, who all bring a variety of computer knowledge and machining skills to the job, this company has consistently sought the most advanced equipment on the market, as part of its “Excellence Without Exception” motto and its practical desire to stay ahead of the competition in the global gear market.
Mecco Marking & Traceability has released EtherMark/IP, which facilities the integration of Mecco laser and pot peen marking systems into factory automation networks over the Ethernet/IP protocol. The company says this integration scheme was developed to save manufacturers time and money by eliminating the need for custom programming of PLCs.
ATI Industrial Automation today has announced that it will break ground on a new manufacturing expansion on Friday, October 18. The company says demand for its end-effector products has led to the expansion, which will more than double its robotics tool manufacturing operations to 129,000 square feet. This investment will add more than 200 job in the future.
The lightweight design has both of the smaller SHL grinding and polishing machines mounted to a fixed-position WEISS TC220 rotary indexing table. The table rotates in 15-degree steps and swivels the machine a maximum of 90 degrees from the central axis.
Short term improvements in jobs or sales are like a sick person getting some medicine from the doctor and feeling better the next day. A very thorough examination of all of the vital signs might show that the patient actually has a debilitating disease that will eventually render the patient bedridden over time.
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