All Automation articles – Page 6

  • Nick Holt

    Back to the future


    Designed in 1967, the K67 showcased how plastics could be used to create a stylish performance car The automotive related headlines are full of forward looking statements; OEMs describing their brand’s vision of future mobility, new concepts of how they envision we will be moved around appearing at motor ...

  • ABB spot welding technology at Scania plant in Oskarshamn

    Spotting an opportunity


    Steed Webzell talks to major players in joining, automation and materials technologies to get their take on the future of spot welding ABB spot welding technology at Scania's plant in Oskarshamn According to a Technavio 2017 report, spot welding is the most popular type of robotic welding, generating more ...

  • Volkswagen co-bots

    Co-bots to help produce electric Golf


    Germany - Volkswagen has recently established a new joint venture (JV) with a start-up called Wandelbots in a bid to establish test stations for collaborative robots at its Transparent Factory in Dresden. The idea is to use the co-bots during the final stages of electric Golf assembly, the production of ...

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    Lessons to learn


    As the automotive industry changes, OEMs and Tier suppliers need to train and retain skilled work forces. Audi takes on approximately 800 apprentices at its two sites in Germany in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm each year Optimising production processes is a never-ending task for vehicle makers and while automation offers ...

  • Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen S-Class assembly

    Futuristic assembly at 'Factory 56'


    Mercedes-Benz is building a new vehicle assembly facility that will act as a blueprint for the future development of all its production sites. Michael Nash reports Assembly of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class at the company's Sindelfingen plant Mercedes-Benz has long been a champion of flexible and efficient manufacturing techniques, carrying ...

  • Audi A4 production in Aurangabad, India

    A race for third place


    India’s vehicle sales are booming to the benefit of a handful of established manufacturers, but it’s still a tricky market for those on the sidelines Last year, India’s passenger vehicle market cracked 3m units for the first time, up 9% on 2016, according to data from Swedish analyst firm AID. ...

  • Ford GT Robot Cell - Lincoln Electric

    Reducing costs in welding aluminium


    In an industry where everyone is looking for a more efficient vehicle, OEMs have started shifting their focus to aluminium as their material of choice, writes Lincoln Electric’s Mikael D. Carriere The use of aluminium has continuously grown in the automotive industry in the last 40 years and it has ...

  • Allen Bradley VersaView

    Open architecture industrial computers


    The Allen-Bradley VersaView 5000 portfolio includes five products: VersaView 5400 display and non-display computers; VersaView 5200 display and non-display thin clients; and VersaView 5100 monitors, says Rockwell Automation. The company claims that when combined with FactoryTalk View Site Edition software in distributed applications, the VersaView 5400 industrial computers can provide ...

  • Meisterbock Ingolstadt Audi

    Contando com os dados


    A implementação de ferramentas digitais está transformando os processos de controle de qualidade nas operações de fabricação Os gabaritos físicos agora estão sendo processados como modelos digitais e a Audi diz que está no caminho para representar um conceito que reside no mundo digital "virtual". A empresa agora está explorando ...

  • Meisterbock Ingolstadt Audi

    Contando con los datos


    La implementación de las herramientas digitales está transformando los procesos de control de calidad en las operaciones de producción Los planos se generan primero como modelos digitales y Audi asegura que ya está desarrollando un concepto que reside en el mundo digital, 'virtual'. La marca explora ahora el concepto de ...

  • Audi FAW paintshop Changchun

    The secret behind the shine


    ABB Robotics is helping Audi achieve high levels of quality and consistency in its sealing and coating operation With automated painting processes at Audi’s plant in Changchun, China, clean and shining Audi A4Ls are rolling out one by one. This paintshop includes under-body coating, interior seam sealing, cosmetic sealing and ...

  • Sogefi Tredegar

    Degrees of separation


    Sogefi’s plant in Tredegar, Wales, produces complex fuel and air filtration systems and boasts an impressive array of manufacturing technologies On the edge of the Welsh valleys, a few miles north of Cardiff, is the quiet location for a hive of automotive manufacturing activity. According to Chris Jones, plant director ...

  • PSA Hordain

    PSA expands Hordain LCV team


    PSA LVC operations at Hordain, northern France France – Groupe PSA will introduce a fourth production team to its LVC operations at Hordain. The OEM says its decision has been prompted by strong demand for the Peugeot Expert and Citroën Jumpy (known as Dispatch in some markets), as well ...

  • BMW i3_production_cell

    The case for carbon fibre


    The launch of the i3 has changed the conversation about the future application of carbon fibre in vehicle structures

  • FANUC Dual-arc-welding-laser guided

    Seeing things clearly


    AMS reports on the most recent developments in the use of machine vision technology for quality control applications in automotive manufacturing In response to rapid and sustained improvements in machine vision technologies, a growing number of automotive manufacturing OEMs and suppliers are now deploying such systems in a wider ...

  • Meisterbock Ingolstadt Audi

    Counting on the data


    The implementation of digital tools is transforming the quality control processes in manufacturing operations Physical jigs are now being rendered as digital models and Audi says it is well on the way to representing a concept that resides in the digital, ‘virtual’ world. The company is now exploiting the concept ...

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    AGVs set in motion


    As Industry 4.0 kicks into even higher gear, AGV technology is helping to make it a smoother and more responsive upshift Earlier this year, we discussed how automated guided vehicles, AGVs, are becoming fixtures of the automotive industry and how enterprise approaches and deployments were beginning to gain traction. A ...

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    Taking control


    With the growth in automated assembly applications comes a demand for quality data and improved insights The prevalent dimensional control strategy of the automotive industry has been to incorporate various in-line and near-line measurement devices into production lines. Different approaches have been successfully implemented, from a few single cells along ...

  • GEAR Gear_welding

    Photonic precision


    Light is a fascinating manufacturing tool enabling laser technologies and applications for materials processing tasks of all scales and sizes Systems for industrial laser applications like cutting, welding and surface processing are well established, reliable and cost efficient production tools with clear technical advantages due to their wear-free highly localised ...

  • Article

    The inside story


    EcoInCure, a new body drying process developed by Dürr, permits the best possible top coat appearance and maximum process reliability EcoInCure is a new body drying process developed by Dürr which heats and cools bodies from the inside. It’s a technology that meets all the requirements for future ...