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Case Studies

Peripherals: Parts Service Training

Waterjet Stripping System helps GE reduce cost and improve productivity

POSTED: 08/28/2008

Challenge For the past 12 years, GE Strother used a waterjet stripping machine with a closed loop filtering process to remove thermal sprayed coatings from jet engine components. Thermal coatings, made of ultra-fine grained metal alloys or ceramics, are applied to protect the base material of components that are exposed

Router Trimming system produces Class A surfaces

POSTED: 08/28/2008

Challenge Durakon Industries, headquartered in Lapeer, Mich., is the world’s leading supplier of vehicle protection and cargo management systems for original equipment manufacturers and the aftermarket. In trimming a variety of large, molded in color automotive exterior trim components, Durakon needed a robotic router trimming solution that could meet the

Trimming challenging materials with waterjet

POSTED: 08/11/2008

Challenge Plastics Unlimited is an Iowa-based company that manufactures custom thermoformed products including automotive and recreational vehicle trim, shipping pallets, packaging materials, covers and shrouds. Plastics Unlimited has also developed a unique,

Carbon Fiber Part Router Trimming

POSTED: 08/11/2008

Challenge PlasanUSA, a Vermont, USA, based manufacturer of custom carbon and fiberglass composite automotive components, is a major supplier of automotive fenders, hoods and roof panels for leading American sports cars. When Plasan (then Vermont Composites) won the business

Easy Does It: Robotic Packing and Palletizing of Lightbulbs

POSTED: 06/01/2008

Problem: A lightbulb manufacturer faced intense pressure to produce high-quality, reliable products while keeping consumer costs low. In this extremely competitive market, this manufacturer needed to maintain production uptime, improve reliability and minimize product damage.  To meet

Auto Supplier Adds Handling Robots; Fully Automates Assembly of Engine Manifolds

POSTED: 08/10/2007

  Keihin IPT Mfg, Inc. (KIM), a Tier-One automotive supplier of fuel and air management systems for a leading Japanese automaker, is no stranger to robotic automation.  This subsidiary of Keihin Indiana Precision Technology, Inc, (KIPT) implemented their first robot into their die casting area in 1988

'Growing' the A-class in a robot park

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DaimlerChrysler's Mercedes A-class body shop relies on a variety of joining processes. The entire spectrum of welding, bonding and bolt fastening tasks is covered by 330 KUKA robots of a single type. Compactly integrated in the production flow, the robots represent a 'robot park' in which the car body grows

Auto Suppliers' Productivity Jumps 125% with Robotic System

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Problem: Challenges that typically prompt manufacturers to automate one or more of their production processes include: aggressive production schedules, quality control issues, employee safety and flexibility, to name a few. These were all relevant issues for Hawthorne Metal Products (Royal Oak, Mich.), a tier one automotive stampings supplier.  Business

Company Increases Throughput and Time-to-Market with Robotic Assembly System

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Problem: About two years ago, Murr Elektronik found itself facing a growing demand for its electronic products. The company needed to increase throughput and time-to-market, but it was already having trouble controlling manufacturing expenses. Companyexecutives needed a way to control manufacturing costs without relocating their facilities to areas

Dispensing DNA Genetic Material

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Problem: Research Genetics Inc. needed a fully automated system that would increase productivity, meet extremely tight repeatability specifications and achieve high dot placement density. In addition they required a system that could be programmed in C in order to maintain conformity with other applications in their


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