All Automation articles – Page 2

  • EV tooling VW
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    Re-tooling of manufacturing plants and supply chain for EVs pose investment risk for OEMs

    2019-09-23T06:00:00Z

    Tooling and conversion of automotive plants are significant costs for OEMs as they invest in electrification, which some may struggle to afford, according to a new report by Automotive from Ultima Media.  

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    Electrification production costs poses risk for automotive OEMs

    2019-09-19T07:00:00Z

    The high R&D, production and supply chain costs of electric vehicles could mean that OEMs will be selling most at a loss for years to come, according to a report by Automotive from Ultima Media.

  • Audi sealing process Gyor
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    Audi tests new sealing process in paint shop

    2019-09-13T10:11:00Z

    Hungary - The new sealing process could soon be rolled out across all Audi paint shops

  • BMW engine assembly training
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    Quick learners

    2019-08-22T16:00:00Z

    From training, quality and work station design, OEMs are seeing a host of applications that can benefit from virtual and augmented reality technology

  • Camera inspection at VW Emden
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    Digitalised energy saving

    2019-08-22T14:29:00Z

    Vehicle production has become increasingly digitalised, with a variety of different tools helping workers on production lines. These tools can also help reduce energy usage. Michael Nash provides an insight

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    BMW Research & Innovation Centre Pilot Plant

    2019-08-22T11:22:00Z

    BMW provides a glimpse inside its Research & Innovation Centre Pilot Plant, which is located in Munich, Germany

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    Automation advances

    2019-08-14T13:41:00Z

    AMS investigates how robotics can be adapted to a wider range of applications and the potential offered by 5G communications

  • eteno_measuring station
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    Finding the right balance

    2019-08-06T13:57:00Z

    Schenck RoTec has created a balancing system for e-drive production lines, which is fulfilling the needs of EV makers seeking a flexible and efficient automation solution

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    Powered up and fully prepared

    2019-08-06T13:27:00Z

    We need to be ready for electric vehicle battery demand, says Bill Sarver, Rockwell Automation’s senior industry consultant for global automotive and tyre

  • BMW Brilliance 5G network
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    5G networking spreads in car production

    2019-07-30T11:52:00Z

    Certain companies have started leveraging 5G in their car manufacturing facilities in China with the hope of drastically increasing efficiency. Michael Nash provides an insight

  • FCA Mirafiori Fiat 500 BEV
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    FCA starts building BEV production line

    2019-07-15T14:20:00Z

    Italy - The highly automated line will be used to make the Fiat 500 BEV

  • Shenyang battery
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    Cutting battery production costs

    2019-06-20T13:46:00Z

    Automation and economies of scale could see a reduction in battery production costs. Michael Nash takes a look

  • 12_Ford_Focus
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    Keeping in focus

    2019-05-20T14:29:00Z

    Ford has invested in its Saarlouis plant to produce the latest generation of its popular Focus model. Nick Holt visited the plant to get a look at the upgrades to the production process

  • ABB-stampapp-user-interface
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    Pressing matters

    2019-04-10T13:31:00Z

    Our vehicles have all faced hazards at one time or another, from potholes in the road to rocks or broken glass. But what about protection when the hazards are ballistic threats to the safety of civil servants or service men and women? As a specialist for custom automobile protection ...

  • Nextsense
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    Assembly line automation

    2019-03-13T17:40:00Z

    Nextsense says its Calipri systems can be used to monitor the process of car assembly from body-in-white to end-of-line final assembly. The company claims its fully automatic C12 cobot systems allows human workers and robots to work side by side in a continuous production line – without separation, mechanical barriers ...

  • Volkswagen Wandelbots
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    The imitation game

    2019-03-04T16:46:00Z

    Working with a local robotics start-up in Germany, Volkswagen is exploring a new programming technique that allows assembly workers to teach a cobot all the right moves Volkswagen’s Transparent Factory in the eastern German city of Dresden is arguably one of the more unusual automotive manufacturing sites in ...

  • Delphi Technologies DFI21 Injector
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    Shift of power

    2019-03-04T15:21:00Z

    Emobility may be flourishing but the internal combustion engine still has a long way to run. Gareth Price speaks to leading powertrain component suppliers endeavouring to make a smooth transition

  • Perceptron-AutoGuide-MT
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    Robot guidance system

    2019-01-16T08:30:22Z

    Perceptron says its AutoGuideMT product for machine tending robotic guidance applications was created with plant floor requirements and operators in mind. It’s claimed the system’s built-in tools will auto calibrate to the part CAD without the need for laser trackers or special targets, and requires only one sensor acquisition to ...

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    能源管理智能化

    2019-01-11T12:41:00Z

    几十年来,能源管理一直是汽车生产的一个重要方面,但事实证明,能够相互关联的创新新解决方案非常有效 据估计,道路运输约占全球温室气体(GHG)排放量的17%。欧盟委员会的数据显示,欧洲大陆21%的温室气体排放来自乘用车和重型汽车。因此,汽车制造商不断受到政府的推动,以使他们的汽车更加环保。 但是对环境造成破坏的不仅仅是开车造成的。汽车生产也具有重大影响,因此,目前正在世界各地的制造设施中实施许多减少这种影响的方法。能源管理技术的使用就是一个例子,近年来取得了一些令人印象深刻的成果。 选择总监 数字化正日益成为世界各地生产设施的组成部分。尽管许多人仍严重依赖手工流程,但在数字工具的帮助下,工人们的效率正在提高,机器人也是如此。来自这些工具的数据可以证明对能源管理有用。 西门子最近安装了Simatic B。位于瑞士圣加仑的GF铸造解决方案工厂的数据能量管理系统,该公司在那里为汽车行业生产铝和镁合金压铸件。该系统允许GF跟踪在每台机器上使用的电力、水、气体或压缩空气的数量,以及使用时间。 例如,发现两台压铸机在周末消耗了4,500立方米的压缩空气,尽管没有使用。GF的能源经理伯恩哈德塞勒(Bernhard Thaler)解释称:“这么大的数字很难察觉。”然而,在一年的时间里,它很快就积累起来了。因此,公司能够通过突出和消除两台机器的浪费来实现显著的节能。 梅赛德斯-奔驰(Mercedes-Benz)在汉巴赫(Hambach)的智能汽车工厂中和二氧化碳 该小组还能够确定当他们的8个熔炉从燃烧石油转为使用丙烷气体时所节省的能源。仅在一个铝熔炼炉中,每吨能源消耗就减少了630千瓦时,二氧化碳排放量减少了16%,氮氧化物减少了40%。 GF表示,在实现了显著的节能减排目标后,该公司迫切希望研究在其其它设施引入该系统的可能性。塞勒强调:“其中一个有趣的好处是,这种能源管理解决方案不仅具有可扩展性,而且支持跨厂利用。”简而言之,GF可以将不同工厂的每个系统连接起来,让该公司能够精确地找出哪些表现良好,哪些可以改进。 GF的EDP和通信技术项目经理迈克尔内鲍尔(Michael Nebauer)表示,圣加伦工厂的安装过程非常简单,其他设备应该也很容易安装。每个压铸机和熔炉上都有控制箱和接口。它们收集有关流程和所使用的能量的数据,然后将这些数据发送到服务器并由标准web浏览器访问。他补充说:“由于在虚拟伺服器上安装及透过虚拟网络环境设定能源数据传送,我们得以为能源管理系统建立一个成本低廉的基础设施。” 由于安装在虚拟服务器上,并通过虚拟网络环境设置了能源数据传输,我们得以为能源管理系统实现一个成本低廉的基础设施 - Michael Nebauer, GF 描绘图片 ...

  • Ford Bridgend - all-new 1.5L 3Cylinder engine line
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    Conducting smart energy

    2019-01-11T12:41:00Z

    Energy management has been an important aspect of vehicle production for decades, but innovative new solutions that can be linked are proving extremely effective Road transport is estimated to account for around 17% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Figures from the European Commission suggest that passenger car and ...