All Equipment articles – Page 4

  • Nissan Smyrna 2019 Altima copy

    Nissan upgrades US assembly plants


    US - The OEM has announced that it is spending $170m to support production of the new Altima, which is now entering its sixth generation, at its two plants in Smyrna, Tennessee and Canton, Mississippi. The model is set to go on sale this fall. "Nissan's continued investment in our ...

  • AM VW Portugal

    From prototype to production


    The use of additive manufacturing technologies has now moved passed their initial application area of just ‘rapid prototyping’ While now seeing use in limited production roles, additive techniques are still being put to use in new and innovative ways as product development tools. One example is the Plastics 3D Printing ...

  • Dispense Works fluid-dispensing  robot

    Large work area dispensing robot


    RP-Series robots designed are for adhesive and other fluid-dispensing applications, as well as assembly using UV curing for mounting, tooling and fixturing, says Dispense Works. The company claims the large ground machine-bed surface provides a suitable stable foundation for fixturing and tooling and a built-in advanced jog-and-teach routine simplifies programming ...

  • Intertronics benchtop dispensing robot

    Benchtop dispensing robot


    The Fisnar F4500N dispensing robot offers an expanded format of 500x500mm says Intertronics. Integrated with dispensing equipment from the company’s range, the robot can dispense beads, dots, arcs and infills in three dimensions, with a claimed positioning resolution of 0.001mm/axis. The company says that by adding the appropriate dispensing setup ...

  • Skoda Karoq Kvasiny

    Skoda updates three factories


    Czech Republic - The OEM has used the summer shutdown period to carry out several updates and maintenance works at three of its plants. It has also taken steps to improve infrastructure in order to relieve congestion around one of the sites. Specifically, the company fitted a new painting line ...

  • Audi Hungaria starts production of electric mot

    Audi starts motor production


    Hungary - The German OEM has started series production of electric motors at its facility in Győr. An expansion to the existing plant was made to house motor production, covering a space of 8,500 sq.m. "Audi Hungaria has been involved in writing the growth story of the Four Rings for ...

  • Versaperm multi-chamber mass-spectroscopy

    Mass-spectroscopy instrument


    Versaperm claims it has developed a new multi-chamber mass-spectroscopy based instrument that allows OEMs to identify and correct problems by measuring permeability for water vapour, air and hydrocarbons, and any other gas as well. The company says this system works on both complex components and assemblies as well as on ...

  • Ian Henry

    PSA and Nissan exploring new ground


    An interesting news report caught my eye recently; the article suggested that PSA – whose Chinese plants are operating well below capacity – will lease one of its factories in China to Nissan later this summer. The report suggested that the factory and its workforce will move to Nissan in ...

  • Profil KSB earthing stud

    Self-piercing earth stud


    The new KSB earthing stud from Profil is self-piercing, removing the need for additional processes involved in either welding studs into place or having to drill holes and then bolt them on, claims the company. Also, with material thicknesses being reduced to save weight, the company says the use of ...

  • ABB Paint atomizer

    The best of our Ability


    A solution portfolio for automating and digitising paint lines, ABB Ability solutions for paint provide car manufacturers with a leaner operation with greater precision and earlier fault detection Today’s automotive production is characterised by short product life cycles as well as a multitude of models and variants, which are manufactured ...

  • Multimatic267 PS300

    Stay in control


    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 ...

  • Ecoclean water-based part cleaning processes

    Water based cleaning systems


    For water-based part cleaning processes, Ecoclean says it offers an extensive range of both standard cleaning systems and customer-specific designs. The company’s EcoCflex 3 features the Scara manipulator, which it says has been developed specifically for use in cleaning equipment, replacing the conventional adapted six-axis articulated arm robot. Made with ...

  • Falken Tires curing

    Ready to roll


    The design and manufacturing of tyres is changing with the introduction of new processes. Michael Nash reports Tyre manufacturing processes have been relatively standardised across the automotive industry for many years. Chemicals are mixed with natural rubber to form numerous components, which are then pieced together on a drum before ...

  • UD Trucks Croner copy

    Croner assembly starts in Malaysia


    Malaysia - The first complete knocked-down (CKD) Croner has been assembled at the UD Trucks and Tan Chong Industrial Equipment (TCIE) plant in Segambut - a sub district of Kuala Lumpur. This follows a recent investment of M$4.5m (US$1.12m) in the facility. "Croner is a versatile, reliable, safe and fuel-efficient ...

  • Kuka robots

    Kamaz teams up with Kuka


    Munich - The two companies have signed a global strategic agreement that will give the vehicle maker exclusive rights to purchase certain industrial robots and technologies from Kuka. Although they have been working together for 25 years, the companies think that the agreement "takes the cooperation of the two companies ...

  • Magswitch tools_2

    Intelligent weld


    Michigan-based Trantek Automation turned to Magswitch for help in finding a simpler way to error proof an automotive seat frame process Automation cells rely on a wide variety of equipment working together harmoniously to provide instantaneous and accurate feedback when producing a high-quality component. It is not always possible to ...

  • Faro mj

    The cutting edge of technology


    FAROBlu Laser Line Probe helps Laser Specialists Inc. live up to its name Laser Specialists Inc. (LSI) is widely regarded for precision sheet and stamped-sheet metal fabrication and cutting. Based in Fraser, Michigan (near Detroit), it serves a number of industries including automotive, aerospace, defense, construction, energy and appliance. In ...

  • Magswitch tools_2

    Intelligent weld


    Michigan-based Trantek Automation turned to Magswitch for help in finding a simpler way to error proof an automotive seat frame process Automation cells rely on a wide variety of equipment working together harmoniously to provide instantaneous and accurate feedback when producing a high-quality component. It is not always possible to ...

  • Constellium extrusion plant Decin copy

    Constellium expands aluminium plant


    Czech Republic - The supplier has announced that it is building an extension to its facility in Decin, which houses the production of customised aluminium extrusions primarily used in automotive and industrial applications. Construction is expected to finish in October 2019. "As the auto industry increasingly turns to lightweight, high-strength ...

  • Volvo Cars XC60 production

    SPA in the DNA


    Rising global demand for Volvo vehicles and the arrival of models using the SPA platform is having a considerable impact on the company’s Torslanda plant. Michael Nash investigates As they typically employ thousands of people, mass-market vehicle production plants often have a significant influence on local and indeed national economies. ...