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Robotic Resources

Case Studies

Industry : Automotive

FANUC Robotics Dross Removal Case Study

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Problem: Skimming the dross from a zinc metal bath on a 24/7 production schedule with temperatures up to 878 degrees Fahrenheit is hot, dangerous, back-breaking work. This labor-intensive task with its quality and cost implications gives you all the justifications you need for a great robotic application. That

Need for Shorter Product Cycles Warrants Automated System at Visteon

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Problem: Visteon Automotive Systems, an enterprise of Ford Motor Company, builds electronic modules for controlling security, lighting power steering, turn signals and other electronic functions in automobiles. Ford had specified a tight time frame for the next project--12 months for completion of the first product build and 18

Lights Out System Improves High-Production Machining Process

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Problem: An automotive component supplier recently faced special challenges for a new high-production machining process. Cycle times were not unreasonable for manual load/unload; however, to process parts consistently, 24 hours a day, the company determined that automation was the best solution. Solution: Four LR Mate 100s provided by FANUC Robotics

'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

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

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

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

Yushin Servo Robot Improves Worker Safety

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Problem: Productivity and profitability are the benefits most often associated with molding robots, while one of the most important—safety—is sometimes overlooked.  One large, automotive custom molder, however, installed a Yushin servo robot with the specific objective of protecting workers from a hazardous situation.  And while the installation is

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

Innovative Robotic Laser Cutting And Heavy-Part Material Handling Helps A Leading Automotive Supplier Reduce Operating Costs And Increase Production Flexibility

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  UPF, Inc. is a leading supplier of truck and bus frames to the automotive industry.  Based in Flint, Mich., UPF supplies thousands of truck and bus frames to its automotive customers each year.  A key to UPF's success is its ability to deliver small, medium and large batch runs of

Factory Five Racing and Robotic Production Technology Team Up to Improve Kit Trimming Quality and Cost

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Challenge Factory Five Racing, Inc. is a kit car company based in Wareham, Mass. that produces affordable Roadster replicas.  For seven years the company hand trimmed the kit panels using router and trim fixtures.  The trimming results varied depending on the person who did the trimming

Fiber Optics Patch Cords Patch Cords

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Problem: The manual assembly of fiber optic pigtails requires operators to work with super small parts that have sub-micron assembly tolerances. Improper component assembly causes misalignment of the fiber cables which greatly reduces the output capacity of the finished connectors. Traditional first pass yields from


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