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Robotic Resources

Case Studies

Industry : Automotive

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

Metal Coating Painting Application Without Masking

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Faverges (France) - At the beginning of 1998, AXO-SCINTEX in France launched a new production line for the manufacturing of the PEUGEOT 206 taillights. Since 1985, this company has been producing lighting and signaling equipment for the automotive industry. More than 150 employees working around the clock, are

Alstom Services S.A (France) - Automated Assembly: a Large Scale Application A Large Scale...

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Faverges (France) -  For 25 years, ALSTOM SERVICES S.A. Systems and Services is one of the main European automated assembly experts with increasing participation in the international market. This company, located very close to the international airport of LYON SATOLAS, has already shipped several cells with Stäubli

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

Epson Automated Inspection Cell

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Problem: A Tier 1 automotive supplier needed to prevent the accidental shipment of defective parts to their customers. Traditional methods had operators inspecting parts; separating known good parts from known defective


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