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Industry : Automotive

Strong, Consistent Robotic Welds Stand Up to Automotive Seat Tests

POSTED: 04/18/2008

Did you ever stop to think about all the safety considerations involved when you adjust a car seat for

Continuing 100 Years of Innovation: Automation Shines at Grote Industries……A Robot Case Study

by Mary Kay Morel, Staff Writer/Editor

POSTED: 01/21/2008

Driving along any highway, chances are that many of the vehicle lighting systems you see on semi-trucks, RVs, buses, and other vehicles are manufactured by Grote Industries (Madison, IN), a privately owned 100-year-old company with a history of innovation.  High demand by major automotive OEMs and aftermarket suppliers for

Smooth and Steady: Prospects for the Robotics Industry in 2008

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 01/04/2008

Despite the possibility of a slowdown in the economy, the outlook of those in the robotics industry in 2008 is generally optimistic. ‘‘I think 2008 will be a strong year for the robotics industry,’‘ says Richard O. Litt, President and Chief Executive Officer of Genesis Systems Group, Davenport,

Robo Removal: Parts Finishing is Big Business for Robots

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 08/17/2007

In fabricating just about any item, from children’s toys to aerospace turbine blades, inevitably a need will arise for some type of parts finishing. Whether it is degating a tiny injected plastic part or precisely grinding a large and heavy component for an aircraft, industrial robots are becoming, for many,

Hybrid Sensors in Robotics

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 07/19/2007

Robotic hybrid sensors, those sensors that have multiple types of detection systems, are not part of the mainstream in flexible automation. However, the use of hybrids, while small, is on the rise. More and more end-users of robotics believe hybrid sensors have a role in manufacturing. Hybrid sensors are

GM Strengthens Competitive Grip with Decentralized Vacuum System

by A Case Study Featuring Dan Anfinson, Senior Manufacturing Project Engineer, General Motors Corporation

POSTED: 04/19/2007

Automotive Manufacturer Embraces Energy Savings and Improved Performance Dan Anfinson, senior manufacturing project engineer at General Motors, recognizes that competition is the driving force in today’s automotive industry. ‘‘Competitiveness has never been greater. In terms of manufacturing, this has driven two points of the four-point GM Turnaround Plan – to

Robotics Industry Strives to Diversify in 2007

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor (with contributions from RIA staff)

POSTED: 01/03/2007

Despite a slowdown in the automotive sector, the robotics industry as a whole is still relatively healthy. That is the consensus of executives in the robotics industry.  'My feeling is that 2007 will be an okay year for the robotics industry. I do not see 2007 competing

High Precision Thermoforming Packs a Perfect Fit

by Nicky Borcea, President

POSTED: 07/21/2006

The Evolution of Automotive Materials Handling Today, shipping trays, or dunnage, for the automotive material-handling arena are custom made to fit specific part dimensions and to hold them in the proper orientation needed for assembly. Automotive manufacturers have traditionally

Melded Together: Welding Robotics

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 12/02/2005

Arc and spot welding are some of the oldest and most established applications in robotics. Despite this, they continue to be an important part of the mix of automation for many manufacturers and have a future in robotics due to developing technology. ‘‘Welding is growing

Lean Automotive Supplier Uses Robots, Flex Machines to Increase Productivity

by Mary Kay Morel, Staff Writer/Editor

POSTED: 07/29/2005

Aztec Manufacturing Corporation (Romulus, Michigan) is a tier-one full-service supplier of mid- and high-volume precision-machined castings and forgings to the automotive industry.  A minority-owned small business, Aztec currently employs 95 people in its 73,000 square foot facility.  The company had sales of approximately $30 million in 2004 and projects $34

Deployment of Robots Within Insert Molding Workcells Results in Dramatic Improvements

POSTED: 12/15/2003

Every year products are being made smaller and smaller and tolerances become tighter and tighter. And when you add the need to meet strict safety-code requirements, it becomes a formula for finding new ways to

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding

by Michael Francoeur, President of Joining Technologies

POSTED: 06/16/2003

The development of the GTAW process was accelerated early in 1940. Initially the process was called ‘‘Heliarc’‘, because Helium was used for the shielding gas. Later when argon was available the process was renamed tungsten inert gas or ‘‘TIG’‘. Now, it is generally and preferably called

Integrated Intelligent Warehouse Systems Boost Efficiency for Auto Parts Distributor

by Winn Hardin, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 11/18/2002

Discount Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: DAP), one of the nation’s leading automotive aftermarket retailers, operates 660 stores in six Southeastern states.  At the end of 1998, DAP was rapidly outgrowing their existing 621,500 sq.ft. Lakeland, Florida distribution center (DC).  The company needed a new DC to relieve pressure on the

Parallel Kinematic Robots

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 08/05/2002

Most robots used for industrial manufacturing have articulated arms equipped with serial technology, where each axis is in line relative to the preceding one. In 1987 a new type of robot, the parallel kinematic robot (PKR), was designed and built by Karl-Erik Neumann.

Spot Welding Keeps Moving Forward

by Winn Hardin, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 06/01/2002

Spot welding is one of the most mature applications in robotics. Particularly in the automotive industry, the speed, precision, efficiency and resulting cost reductions afforded by automated spot welding are well documented and accepted. But industry requires that even the most mature solutions continue to evolve. End users, including experts from

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