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Industry : Automotive

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

Arc Welding Thin Walls

POSTED: 05/17/2002

Reprinted with permission from Robotics World Magazine Manufacturing the metal frame that reinforces and supports the visible portion of an instrument panel of an automobile is no small feat. Each substructure contains as many as 27 main components that have to be welded

Take It Off: Robotic Material Removal Applications

by Bennett Brumson, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 05/02/2002

In many robotic manufacturing processes, there is a need for some form of material removal operation, whether that is grinding, sanding, deburring or polishing. 'Robotic technology has relatively low risk,' says Lester Godwin, vice president of the Dallas, TX based Pushcorp, a maker of force control devices for robotic material removal

How Robots Will Affect Future Generations

by Brian Huse, Director, Marketing & Public Relations

POSTED: 12/13/2001

What does the future hold for robot applications? How will robots affect society in five years; 10 years; 20? These are typical questions received by Robotic Industries Association. Following is a look forward based on a correspondence I recently sent to a student to address in a small way a

Robots Take Over Automotive Plant Floors

by George Weimer, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 08/03/2001

This article is courtesy of Material Handling Management Magazine The progress of robots in the past 30 years has been amazing. In fact, the progress in the past year is something to brag about. Proof? Besides taking a plant tour to any automotive assembly plant in the world —

Robots For Material Removal Maintain Their Cutting Edge

by James F. Manji, Contributing Editor

POSTED: 10/16/2000

Robots used for laser or weld cutting of materials ranging from plastics, titanium, steel, aluminum, silver and gold, and even wood are seeing some of the most sophisticated advancements ever. In the forefront of these advances are Off-Line Programming (OLP) and Cloning of robotic workcells used in laser cutting of

Designing Your Products for Robotic Automation

by Hallie Forcinio

POSTED: 03/27/2000

Success depends on attention to details Designing products for robotic automation requires switching from a linear to a concurrent thought process and attention to details. 'If you don't have a product that's designed for automated assembly, you're not going to realize the full potential of it,' warns John Rueping,


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