All Automation articles – Page 3

  • Ford hotforming Saarlouis
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    Casting a duo

    2019-01-08T16:37:00Z

    Two innovative metal forming techniques could have a significant impact on the press shop of the future

  • ABB stamp app
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    Pressing matters

    2019-01-08T10:56:00Z

    ABB robots are helping IndiKar make advanced high-tech steel for special protection vehicles 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 ...

  • Böllinger Höfe
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    A high-performance build

    2019-01-04T12:10:00Z

    The Audi R8 series of sports cars is described as being closer to motor racing than any other on-the-road vehicles. Mike Farish takes a closer look at the manufacturing operation The latest versions of both the Coupe and Spyder convertible variants of the R8 are made at Audi Sport’s ...

  • schuler_euroblech1
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    Smartly pressed

    2019-01-03T13:54:00Z

    OEMs and suppliers are teaming up to design and construct a state-of-art press shops, duly networked for an industry 4.0 approach More on Stamping Ford Saarlouis Gestamp Constellium, Georgia Skoda Mlade Boleslav Arguably the main technological factor most commonly associated with ...

  • Porsche test
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    Passing the test

    2018-12-03T10:23:00Z

    As modern vehicles become more sophisticated, production testing technologies and processes need to keep up. Mike Farish looks at developments with both carmakers and tier suppliers

  • JBT AGV_
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    AGVs drive industry revolution

    2018-11-28T10:42:00Z

    JBT is working with automotive manufacturers to offer a range of a provider of automated guided vehicle solutions, in line with the transformation to Industry 4.0 Automotive manufacturers have become experts on automation. However, from the vantage point of automation suppliers, the needs of their automotive clients are ...

  • Siemens MOM
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    A holistic approach to quality

    2018-11-23T16:52:00Z

    Raffaello Lepratti, VP of business development and marketing at Siemens looks at how suppliers can optimise the cost of quality while assuring OEM requirements The automotive industry is undergoing massive structural change, as the advent of new technologies coincides with rapidly changing customer preferences. Recent developments suggest this ...

  • Volvo Trucks SA
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    Travel blog: Big game in SA

    2018-11-23T10:18:00Z

    There are a handful of countries in the world that remain relatively untouched when it comes to the new car market, with sales of used cars traditionally dominating. In South Africa, for example, sales of used cars outweigh those in the new car market by more than two to ...

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    Raising the roof

    2018-11-19T10:51:00Z

    When it comes to roof gluing, vision systems such as the one in operation at FCA Cassino will lead to a return on investment in a short time Vision systems have become a very powerful tool for automotive manufacturers, allowing them to increase productivity and overall quality while ...

  • Screen Shot 2018-11-12 at 08.50.11
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    Interview: Daniël Bottema, AWL-Techniek

    2018-11-19T10:04:00Z

    Daniël Bottema, research and development manager at AWL-Techniek BV, talked to Dermot Healy about the role AWL hope to play developing the fully automated factory of the future You have been speaking recently about the fully automated factory in presentations to customers. How far along the automation road ...

  • Screen Shot 2018-11-12 at 08.50.11
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    Pick up the pace

    2018-11-19T09:48:00Z

    To thrive and grow as a tier one global manufacturer of auto seating systems and components requires precision production and very quick turnaround times To support the need for time and material precision, one of the most critical parts of the process is ensuring the right parts are ...

  • Yasa production facility, Oxford
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    Academic circles

    2018-11-11T14:12:00Z

    Mike Farish visits Oxford-based start-up YASA, a special electric motor company sprung from academia that’s now attracting the attention of premium OEMs Early this year a bland-looking industrial estate a few miles to the north of Oxford officially became the manufacturing site for what one of its residents believes to ...

  • Ford Saarlouis hot-forming
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    Ford automates hot-forming process

    2018-11-07T10:45:12Z

    Germany - Ford has integrated a automated hot-forming line at its Saarlouis plant, which is located two hours south west of Frankfurt, where it makes the Focus. The company says it is the first time this process has been automated. It works by subjecting boron steel to temperatures of up ...

  • Checking hot stamp line performance on a phone in Abrera
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    Opportunity 4.0

    2018-11-06T13:01:00Z

    Nick Gibbs travels to Barcelona to discover how Gestamp’s own digital revolution is driving efficiency improvements in its energy-hungry hot-stamping operations When your company has expanded to more than 100 production plants, you want to keep a close watch on the production lines in those plants. Especially when you ...

  • Novares Leiria Plant inspection table
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    Set the controls

    2018-11-06T12:19:00Z

    Expertise in plastic component manufacturing will be in ever greater demand during the emobility age. In preparation, global supplier Novares has taken on a new form Following a period of reorganisation and rebranding, the Mecaplast-Key Plastics group spent 2018 settling in to its new identity – Novares The ...

  • ABB 3D white-light scanning sensor technology
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    Competitive advantage

    2018-11-06T10:19:00Z

    Automotive supplier BENTELER has introduced ABB inspection automation technology to its production plant in Vigo to improve efficiency and stand tall next to its competitors BENTELER is investing in ABB’s digital 3D vision and metrology solutions at its Vigo production plant in Spain, helping it reduce cycle times ...

  • 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 solution Car 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 ...

  • 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 reports This is the home of Alpine, the revived sporting brand that Renault may or may not expand to become ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...