All Automation articles – Page 4

  • 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 engines Jo 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 ...

  • 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 ...

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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. ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

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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 Concept You launched the new initiative Ctrl + PAINT in June 2018 at the 2018 SURCAR Conference in Detroit. Can you tell ...

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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 ...

  • 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 challenges With rapid technology change across the sector as the automotive market accelerates into the era of electrification, the uncertainty over the future ...

  • 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 lines Back 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 ...

  • 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 reports On 1 June last year production of the FCA Jeep Cherokee began at the company’s plant in Belvidere, Illinois, after transferring from ...

  • 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 era What sort of preparations have you had to make for the new process? Have there been ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 strategies At 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 ...

  • 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 investigates Inönü 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 ...

  • Transit production at Golcuk
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    Collective thinking

    2018-07-05T14:57:00Z

    Closer collaboration between product development and production teams could lead to significant improvements in vehicle manufacturing processes. Ford Otosan holds a unique position. Michael Nash reports The scenery in Turkey is full of surprises. A quick car journey can lead to towering mountains, pristine beaches and lush forests, while ...

  • Model 3 First Deliveries
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    Tesla 'on track' with 3 production

    2018-07-04T09:42:46Z

    The mass production of electric vehicles (EVs) could have enormous impacts on the automotive industry. With economies of scale comes cost reduction - and the high upfront price of models currently on the market has been slated as one of the most influential factors on their low uptake to date. ...

  • ATI_Universal_Compliance_Compensator
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    Universal compliance compensator

    2018-07-02T18:36:00Z

    The new U1-050 Universal Compliance Compensator from ATI Industrial Automation is said to combine a variety of features making it adaptable to tasks such as automated assembly, bin picking, loading and unloading machines and robotic finishing. The company claims the unit’s mechanism is suitable for high-endurance applications and offers simultaneous ...

  • Multimatic267 PS300
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    Stay in control

    2018-07-02T11:06:15Z

    Manufacturers face many risks – safety hazards, poor quality, disrupted cycles – leading to loss in time, money and reputation Throughout the years, automotive manufacturers and integrators were introduced to numerous systems to reduce risk, ensure quality, operate at high production levels, and reduce costs while maximising return on investment ...