All Equipment articles – Page 5

  • Adobe Photoshop system control

    Taking control


    The underlying electronic and software control architecture of any manufacturing installation is crucial to its operation and requires periodic updating to ensure continuing effectiveness. Mike Farish reports This was the case recently when Ford needed to relocate and recommission a storage facility with over a hundred conveyors in Cologne, Germany. ...

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    Assembly lines in an electric world


    JBT explains how, with the widespread establishment of new production lines for electric vehicles, OEMs can redefine what automotive manufacturing looks like – AGVs present a particularly smart opportunity As an AGV supplier with a lot of experience in the automotive industry, we have watched electric vehicles ...

  • AutoDrive SA

    Arc-welding aluminium: challenges and solutions


    Lincoln Electric’s Tim Hurley and Michael Klee look at how the number of aluminium structures in BEVs can create new challenges to those unaccustomed to welding the metal AutoDrive SA With the increasing number of electric vehicles that are being developed and introduced to the automotive market, vehicle ...

  • rockwell

    Win the race to marketplace


    Rockwell Automation ’s John Miles and Paolo Butti explain how smart manufacturing strategies can help to produce EVs quickly, affordably and with minimal risk If you’re racing to stake a claim in this fast-growing and increasingly crowded electric vehicle (EV) market, you probably have one goal: getting your EVs to ...

  • Generation EQ

    Smarter EV production


    As it launches ‘electric intelligence’ models, Mercedes-Benz is also adapting its factories for flexible production At first there was some confusion over what Mercedes-Benz meant when it announced that it was creating an ‘EQ’ division. Was it to be a line-up of cars which would directly challenge BMW’s i models, ...

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    Great Wall Motors builds new plant


    China - The OEM has started constructing a new manufacturing base in Yongchuan, Chongqing. It is costing 4.5 billion yuan (US$710m) and is expected to be completed before the end of 2019. "For this project, Great Wall Motors (GWM) will run at a higher and newer starting point," commented the ...

  • Subaru of Indiana Automotive Ascent assembly line

    Subaru of Indiana starts making Ascent


    US - Production of the all-new 2019 Ascent SUV, which was unveiled in November 2017 at the Los Angeles Auto Show, has started at the OEM's plant in Lafayette, Indiana. It is the biggest vehicle in the company's portfolio, and will be made alongside the Outback, Legacy and Impreza. "The ...

  • eTwinsterX cut model

    Driving the EV revolution


    Behind the scenes, suppliers are hard at work developing a range of innovative technologies that are underpinning the race toward electrification GKN unveiled the eTwinsterX at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show New electrified concept cars are flooding motor shows, with OEMs looking to deliver on their promises to offer ...

  • Inos sponsored article 2018

    Exact and to the point


    inos took on the task of integrating a new gap and flush system into an existing production line shared by two separate and distinct vehicles As modern vehicle design responds to the customers’ growing expectations on fit and finish quality, the demand grows for increasing sophistication in manufacturing techniques. Semi- ...

  • The new Nissan LEAF

    Turning over a new Leaf


    At Nissan's Smyrna plant, assembly stations are being employed that can meet the particular demands that the Leaf's new version poses while doubling up to also serve ICE vehicles lines Until the early 1980s the US State of Tennessee simply did not register on any atlas recording places in the ...

  • 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 ...

  • Heller training machining centre

    Training 5-axis machining centre


    Heller Machine Tools says it has introduced a training machine designed to raise the skill level of horizontal machining centre operators away from the shop floor. The company clams the CNC ProfiTrainer builds on the capabilities of an existing 4-axis version with rotary table by offering the option of an ...

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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 ...

  • Professional performance training with Tobii Pro G

    Tracking and training


    Digital technologies are providing new training solutions for the automotive industry. Nick Holt reports Eye tracking systems are now being successfully used to create training programs that reduce errors in manufacturing operations. Mike Bartel, senior research developer at Tobii Pro Insights provided an overview of what this technology offers: “Eye ...

  • 5-Laser cutting provides the highest level of precision for the shape and features of bumper beams. (Constellium White, GA)

    Aluminium allegiance


    Industry analysts are predicting a growth phase for aluminium content in the vehicle material mix. AMS reports on the new grades and applications that underpin this claim

  • plastics welding

    Joined-up thinking


    The welding of plastics and other non-metallic materials is now well established as a fabrication technique for automotive components The welding of non-metallic materials is frequently used to create parts such as cabin consoles, lights and mirror assemblies, intake manifolds and fluid reservoirs, including fuel tanks. However, despite being a ...

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    What can steel do for chassis?


    With high-tensile strength and an optimised microstructure, advanced high-strength steel grades can offer many advantages for chassis components Many factors are dictating the future of OEMs developing chassis components. Consumer trends, regulations and advancements in manufacturing technology are just a few of them. Developments in materials is ...