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Case Studies

Industry : Automotive Component

Routing system reduces race kit car cost and improves quality

POSTED: 08/28/2008

Challenge Factory Five Racing, Inc., was faced with the challenge of trimming fiberglass and plastic reinforced kit car panels by hand using routers and trim fixtures. The hand trimming process and accidental fixture movement created inconsistencies in quality and contributed to a high reject rate. Solution KMT Robotic Solutions responded to

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

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

A Turn for the Better -- Gripper Extends Robot's Work Envelope

POSTED: 06/01/2008

When packaging stamped parts, a KUKA robot reaches out beyond its "natural" work envelope - an advantage which makes investment in a larger robot unnecessary. This cost-effective solution is based on an eccentric gripper by means of which the carrier being used can be filled all the way to the

Bosch Rexroth Helps Semiconductor Equipment Company Lower Costs, Simplify Purchasing

POSTED: 07/16/2007

  Semiconductor manufacturing is probably the most exact manufacturing activity in the world. Companies are using expensive, precise machinery to produce semiconductor wafers whose features will soon be measured down to the thickness of atoms. The latest generation of processing equipment uses round silicon wafers 300 mm in diameter and achieves line

Engineered Machined Products: A Company Standing the Test of Time in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

POSTED: 09/19/2006

Engineered Machined Products (EMP), based in Escanaba, Mich., is a Tier 1 supplier to major diesel engine manufacturers.  It is hard to imagine that such a successful and high-tech manufacturing operation is located in the natural beauty of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, but it’s there, and if

Automotive Stamping Study at DaimlerChrysler Finds New Vacuum Technology Elicits Potential Annual Savings of $400,000/plant

POSTED: 12/14/2005

  Summary A recent comparative vacuum technology study performed by Dr. Kingman Yee, as part of a DaimlerChrysler Summer Intern Professors Program, found that air consumption could be reduced by 98% when equipping a robot’s end-of-arm tooling with COAX® technology and a Vacustat™ check valve.  The study

Machine Vision and Industrial Robots: A Powerful Team

POSTED: 10/05/2004

Machine Vision and Industrial Robots: A Powerful Team Reprinted by Permission from Robotics World Magazine (Posted 10/05/2004) While robotic assembly applications have increased in both number and complexity over the years, a large number of applications have been passed over due to technology.

Robots Impact Production at Mennie's Machine Company, Inc.

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Robots Impact Production at Mennie's Machine Company, Inc. At Mennie's Machine, the term 'innovation' is not a buzzword it is business as usual.  The Illinois-based manufacturer of machined castings and forgings now uses robotic automation to meet their customers' stringent demands for speed and quality.   Previously

Efficiency Improved in Molding Auto Parts

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Problem: InteSeys Technologies, Inc, molds a wide range of parts for automotive applications as well as others.  InteSeys has been molding large, complex 100-pin connectors for a popular U.S.-made automobile for four years.  Before using a servo robot in this application, two operators were required to load six-

Automated Injection Molding Operation

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Problem: Customer builds electronic components for the automotive industry. They had only 30 seconds to unload molded circuit plates from a four cavity mold, inspect each cavity to ensure that no debris was left behind, load a new insert into each cavity and inspect each insert for proper location

A Firm Grip -- Robots Transfer Vehicle Wheels to Chain Conveyor

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The KUKA robots in use at Südrad, a manufacturer of steel disc wheels, not only have a "firm grip" on the wheels produced there; they have also mastered the art of transferring them to a circular conveyor moving at a variable velocity. The crucial requirements for implementation of this application

Robotic Production Technology Helps Medallion Plastics, Inc. Increase Production by 35% While Reducing Scrap and Improving Trimming Quality

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Challenge Medallion Plastics, Inc., one of the largest custom thermoformers in Indiana, has undergone tremendous growth in size and diversification since the company was founded in 1976.  The company started as a manufacturer of thermoformed products for the recreational vehicle industry and now supplies quality products

Robotic Trimming Cell Increases Throughput & Reduces Scrap on Sharp-Edged Injection Molded Parts

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Problem: Accurately removing the sharp edge of a parting line on an SUV exterior trim component can be a challenging operation, especially when high-volume production is involved.  Moldplas (Windsor, Ontario), a division of AP Plasman, is an injection mold designer and part producer that had the challenge of finding a better

Kuntz Electroplating Automated Wheel Polishing System

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Problem Statement Kuntz Electroplating Inc. of Kitchener, Ontario is one of the world’s largest independent OEM chrome plating suppliers, producing millions of plated automotive wheels, bumpers and other components annually. Kuntz is a family owned business which has been in operation for over 50 years, employs over 1,000 people at


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