All Automation articles – Page 14

  • Siemens FTI
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    Schedules to keep

    2018-10-29T15:50:44Z

    Raffaello Lepratti, vice-president of business development and marketing at Siemens, outlines the company’s SIMATIC IT Preactor planning and scheduling solutionCar buyers’ tastes are becoming more diversified. They are attracted by design and performances, but also by region-specific features and a touch of uniqueness. Cars are one of the few mass ...

  • Alpine A110 Dieppe
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    Alpine scales new heights

    2018-10-26T16:19:36Z

    One of the most interesting plant revivals in the last 12 months has been Renault’s overhaul of its factory in Dieppe, which now builds the A110 sports car. Nick Gibbs reportsThis is the home of Alpine, the revived sporting brand that Renault may or may not expand to become a ...

  • Kuka
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    Extreme flexibility is essential

    2018-09-30T19:56:00Z

    KUKA offers numerous solutions that are helping vehicle manufacturers to tackle several challenges The automotive industry is undergoing the biggest transformation in its history. Megatrends such as digitisation, autonomous driving and e-mobility have significant implications not only for manufacturers but also for suppliers. What is required are smart production ...

  • Heller 5-axis, horizontal-spindle machining centre
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    New 5-axis horizontal machining centre

    2018-09-28T16:36:00Z

    The HF 3500 is a new model to Heller’s 5-axis, horizontal-spindle machining centre range. The company says this machine is intended for 5-sided or simultaneous 5-axis dynamic machining of medium to large batches of complex prismatic parts, ranging from small workpieces to heavier components up to the 550kg maximum table ...

  • Josephine Payne, Plant Manager, Ford Craiova
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    Leading a winning team

    2018-09-12T13:05:34Z

    Nick Holt talks to Ford Craiova’s award-winning engine plant manager, Jo Payne, about the facility’s award-winning enginesJo Payne is no stranger to accolades, having been crowned winner in the manufacturing category of this year’s Autocar Great British Women in the Car Industry awards. She also won the award back in ...

  • The new Audi A8
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    Advancing automotive with AHSS

    2018-08-28T11:35:00Z

    SSAB explains how advanced high-strength steels address fundamental issues in a dynamic North American market, often at significant cost savings The North American car and truck market is undergoing change at a pace not seen since General Motors declared bankruptcy in 2009. In spite of rising transaction prices and higher ...

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    Guiding lights for a smarter paintshop

    2018-08-28T11:34:47Z

    System experts at Dürr have developed a digital maintenance assistant designed to keep automotive paintshops in full effect With its digital@Dürr concept, Dürr is delivering an important smart factory module. In future, the company will be supporting customers in maintaining painting and sealing robots using a digital maintenance assistant. With ...

  • Schenck N America supp
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    Industrial balancing goes e-mobility

    2018-08-28T11:32:00Z

    As EV makers develop smart-factories, efficient and flexible automation solution for balancing e-drives is at the top of the list, writes Schenck-USA’s Tarek El-Sawaf Increasingly better range and output values of electric power units and, above all, the more stringent environmental regulations for internal combustion engines are increasing the demand ...

  • ABB-N-America-supp
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    The $83,330 article

    2018-08-28T11:30:00Z

    To combat the dread and burden of unplanned stoppages, ABB explores the potential of machine learning, advanced analytics and connected services In an average large automotive factory, the cost of unplanned downtime can exceed $1 million an hour. This means in the five minutes it will take to read this ...

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    On the plus side

    2018-08-28T11:29:05Z

    Dermot Healy speaks to Daryush Arabnia, COO of Geico, about the new Ctrl + PAINT vehicle body quality scanning system, the latest element in the Smart Paintshop ConceptYou launched the new initiative Ctrl + PAINT in June 2018 at the 2018 SURCAR Conference in Detroit. Can you tell us about ...

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    How to outrun the competition

    2018-08-28T11:28:00Z

    Precision engineering and manufacturing technology specialist Renishaw is poised to support North American customers in tackling a new breed of production challenges Shorter product lifecycles and growing product mix require flexible machining and measurement solutions, which is why Renishaw’s technologies are increasingly being applied to support productive automotive manufacturing. Auto ...

  • Forging the deal
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    Forging the deals

    2018-08-24T15:03:40Z

    Ian Henry examines the key trends in the North American automotive supplier sector where technological progress and feisty trade policies continue to present a range of business challengesWith rapid technology change across the sector as the automotive market accelerates into the era of electrification, the uncertainty over the future of ...

  • HMMA Elantra line
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    Southern hospitality

    2018-08-24T12:29:47Z

    Gareth Price visits Hyundai’s major manufacturing facility in Montgomery, Alabama, as it welcomes the return of an SUV to its production linesBack in 2005, Hyundai’s plans to open its first US manufacturing facility came to fruition and the $1.7 billion automotive assembly and manufacturing plant in Montgomery, Alabama, was up ...

  • FCA Belvidere
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    A bigger, bolder Belvidere

    2018-08-23T15:31:39Z

    The transfer of the Jeep Cherokee production from Ohio to Illinois was the first part of FCA’s response to the growing demand for more SUVs. Mike Farish reportsOn 1 June last year production of the FCA Jeep Cherokee began at the company’s plant in Belvidere, Illinois, after transferring from its ...

  • The 2019 XT4
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    The X Factor

    2018-08-23T15:09:45Z

    As GM Fairfax gears up to build the new Cadillac XT4 alongside the existing Chevy Malibu sedan, Gareth Price travels to Kansas City to speaks to plant manager Bill Kulhanek about the new eraWhat sort of preparations have you had to make for the new process? Have there been any ...

  • Vitronic video
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    Vitronic sets the standard in quality inspections of welded seams

    2018-08-22T16:06:00Z

    The highest level of quality for safety-critical components in the automobile industry Immediate fault analyses enable rapid intervention in the event of production deviations As weld seam flaws – no matter how small they are – can lead to serious consequences, more and more international companies in ...

  • central europe Kecskemet Mercedes
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    Centre of operations

    2018-08-17T09:56:02Z

    Investment in new plants and expansion of existing facilities shows central Europe to be at the heart of vehicle manufacturers’ regional strategiesAt first glance, vehicle production in central Europe – essentially the former communist bloc countries west of the Russian border – appears to centre on Volkswagen with its Skoda ...

  • BMW plant Hungary
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    BMW splashes on new plant

    2018-08-02T15:31:23Z

    Hungary - The german carmaker has announced it will build an assembly plant in Hungary next year, near the town of Debrecen in the east of the country. Debrecen was selected because of the advantages it offered in terms of infrastructure, logistics connections and proximity to the supplier network. BMW ...

  • 4th generation A-class at Valmet Automotive
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    4th gen A-Class at Valmet Automotive

    2018-07-10T18:05:59Z

    Finland – Having built the previous A-Class generation, the Finnish contract manufacturer said that only limited changes were needed at its Uusikaupunki plant to produce the new A-Class. The bodyshop has seen the most upgrades, where all manual workstations are now automated, increasing the number of body shop robots to ...

  • Ford Otosan Inonu Powertrain crop
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    Jack of all trades

    2018-07-05T16:18:42Z

    Ford Otosan’s Inönü plant houses an unusual production mix, and is taking on more projects. Michael Nash investigatesInönü is a small, sleepy town in north-west Turkey. The nearest city, Eskisehir, is a 40-minute drive away and is populated by young students who attend its two universities. Aside from an array ...