All Assembly & Handling articles – Page 2

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    Hinrichs wants a revolution in robotics


    Forefront of efficiency Competitive operating Priorities for recovery The role of robots Quality gains Planning and programming Paramount safety Robot wish list Joe Hinrichs has got a wish list. He wants to see robots on the shopfloor that will revolutionise productivity and offer new levels of skilled automation and safety. ...

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    Armed robotic forces


    New trends in robotics Increases and decreases User-friendly robots Speed, accuracy and quality Robot assembly Production flexibility Robotic relationships OEMs and robotics suppliers are collaborating closely on user-friendly solutions to the production process The automotive sector, with its seemingly neverending quest for greater productivity, has proved to be a fertile ...

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    Following the guidelines


    Flexible conveyors Choosing the right AGV Automatic unloading Control systems Final assembly Safety first Future advances The specific use of automated guided vehicles between shipping dock and assembly line is offering carmakers safety-conscious production savings Several decades ago, automated guided vehicles (AGVs) were being heralded as the ultimate answer to ...

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    This smart little worker needs no rest


    New module programming and configuring technology from Mahle Powertrain puts an end to end-of-line testing. AMS reports on the opportunities for assembly line flexibility and cost savings that come with VPP Rail systems become expensive Plug and let play Measuring content When it comes to the programming and testing of ...

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    From rack to track


    In age of increased automation, getting parts to the assembly line in a reliable way has led to an increase in the use of automated guided vehicles. AMS looks at the latest developments in material handling and the safety advantages of the AGV. Hands-free future Flexible facilities Server information Laser ...

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    Building the perfect light curtain


    We don’t give them much thought, and nor should we – assuming they’re doing their job properly. AMS in conversation with Joe Lazarra and Sergio Aguilar at Omron STI Frequency selection/Scan codes Cascading light curtain Fixed blanking Floating blanking and muting Reduced resolution Omron STI’s Joe Lazarra wants to change ...

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    Running a three legged race at GM


    GM’s Conveyors, Controls, Robotics & Welding group has implemented a common conveyor strategy with benefits for modules engineering and integration Global standardisation Rewards out of the box Digital efficiencies Getting one’s bearings Expanding bundle During the AMS 2004 AutoMan Global conference in Dearborn, Michigan, GM’s Phillip Disch, General Motors’ Executive ...

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    Building on common ground with Fanuc


    GM’s drive for a common assembly technology is aimed at a more streamlined and stable global supply base. AMS looks at what the Global Mid-Size Vehicle platform means for Fanuc. Common approach New applications Fixed supply Robotic consolidation General Motors is going truly global in the next few years with ...

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    Welcome to the House of Flex


    Gary Cowger, Group Vice President for Global Manufacturing and Labour Relations at General Motors discusses the carmaker’s “avowed aim” of manufacturing flexibility using its Global Manufacturing System “House of Flex” Making flex work: a global initiative Moving east in Europe and beyond Cowger’s views on technology AGV applications Shifting bias ...

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    Smart handling for vacuum gripping


    Replacing conventional vacuum ejectors with high-performance versions brings savings in compressed air, energy costs and downtime at a major carmaker Robot press line Integrated high-performance Consideration of the economic and efficiency aspects of vacuum gripping systems for handling sheet-metal parts are of enormous importance, particularly in the automotive industry. A ...

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    Raising the tool bar


    Having the right tool for the job is a process being made easier thanks to advances in rapid manufacturing, and it is bringing big benefits to every part of the manufacturing process Helping hand held Organic ergonomic Ducati design cycles All in the detail Formula for success ExTreme performance At ...