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The level of automation in the bodyshop at Poznań will increase from 43% to over 80% with investment in 450 new robots

VW Poznań prepares to build the new Caddy

2020-08-03T14:38:00+01:00By Nick Holt

The expansion of the Poznań plant has taken over two years and changes included the construction of a logistics hall, expansion of the body shop and reconfiguration of the factory site

With WireSense, the wire electrode scans the component and detects the edge position and height on both sheets and pipes

Welding wire electrode doubles as a sensor

2020-05-26T16:26:00+01:00By Nick Holt

The WireSense system turns the wire electrode into a sensor that checks the component position before each weld says Fronius

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Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 1 – US coronavirus crisis in focus

2020-04-08T18:57:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

This episode, hosted by Christopher Ludwig, features global updates and automotive supply chain insight on the coronavirus crisis in the US, including an in-depth Q&A with Kristin Dziczek, vice-president of the renowned Center for Automotive Research (CAR) covering US federal stimulus, supply chain disruption and manufacturing process changes aimed at containing the spread of the virus and protecting workers.

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Watch: Your Questions Answered | The Coronavirus Series: Automotive Supply Chain March Update

2020-04-01T18:14:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Daniel Harrison

Following our first Livestream Coronavirus Automotive Supply Chain Update, our panellists reconvene to discuss audience questions that were not answered during the broadcast. Watch this exclusive video recording of the discussion covering the long-term impacts of the coronavirus crisis on global vehicle demand, economic and environmental policy, logistics and manufacturing operations.

Axially-compliant orbital sander is specifically designed for robotic surface preparation and finishing

Orbital sander for robotic surface preparation

2020-02-25T14:57:00+00:00By Nick Holt

ATI Industrial Automation says its AOV-10 axially-compliant orbital sander features adjustable compliance force to accommodate a wide variety of applications

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Your webinar questions answered: How tier 1 suppliers are responding to tough headwinds

2020-02-16T18:55:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

You asked, we answer. We return to the questions from our audience that we didn’t have time to answer in our live webinar, ranging from which parts of automotive tier 1 suppliers’ business models are at risk of commodification, to how tier suppliers are changing manufacturing processes

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2D LiDAR sensor

2020-01-28T17:04:00+00:00

Sick says its 2D LiDAR systems high laser scanning frequency helps to produce more than half a million measurement points per second to calculate the position, shape, volume or surface quality of components or assemblies over a wide depth of field, and at ranges up to 3m

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Edge computing solution

2020-01-28T16:50:00+00:00By AMS

An edge computing soltion from Mitsubishi Electric, which claims to optimise predictive maintenance or quality control with real-time data analysis

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High five: new cellular networks take us closer to the factory of the future

2020-01-27T14:31:00+00:00By ABB, sponsor partner

5G will transform the way we work, says ABB, which is collaborating with Ericsson to build the future of flexible automotive manufacturing

ABB's new version of its Ability Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) software

Manufacturing management technology

2020-01-24T18:17:00+00:00By AMS

ABB claims its new MOM software is designed to simplify production management by enabling performance monitoring, downtime management and maintenance support, as well as providing statistical production analysis tools 

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Electric vehicles could transform role of tier 1 suppliers in manufacturing

2020-01-22T15:24:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison, Christopher Ludwig

As OEMs look to reduce production costs and manage more complexity, automotive suppliers will face challenges. But with more EV models in the pipeline, many have the opportunity to grab a larger piece of the pie both for manufacturing and the total value chain

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Innovation station

2019-11-18T15:04:00+00:00By Dürr, sponsor partner

Downtimes caused by sudden malfunctions can be reduced, thanks to Dürr’s automated guided vehicles

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Lamborghini puts the AI in paint

2019-11-14T11:55:00+00:00By Mike Farish

Chief manufacturing officer at the Sant’Agata Bolognese plant, Ranieri Niccoli speaks to AMS about the smart features now employed in the factory’s new paintshop

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OEMs’ profit strategies today could hurt them tomorrow

2019-09-30T08:53:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Ahead of stringent EU emissions targets starting in 2020, some carmakers are pursuing strategies that actually go against what they will ultimately need to do to reduce hefty fines. This makes sense – but only for now

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EU fines and electric future not entirely in the hands of OEMs

2019-09-26T09:46:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

In the face of government and citizens’ rising concern over climate change, vehicle emission regulations around the world are tightening, especially in Europe. In our latest business intelligence report, we forecast that carmakers will face hefty fines under tightening vehicle emission targets, driven largely by factors outside their control.

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Re-tooling of manufacturing plants and supply chain for EVs pose investment risk for OEMs

2019-09-23T06:00:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Tooling and conversion of automotive plants are significant costs for OEMs as they invest in electrification, which some may struggle to afford, according to a new report by Automotive from Ultima Media.  

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Electrification production costs poses risk for automotive OEMs

2019-09-19T07:00:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

The high R&D, production and supply chain costs of electric vehicles could mean that OEMs will be selling most at a loss for years to come, according to a report by Automotive from Ultima Media.

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Audi tests new sealing process in paint shop

2019-09-13T10:11:00+01:00By AMS

Hungary - The new sealing process could soon be rolled out across all Audi paint shops

BMW engine assembly training

Quick learners

2019-08-22T16:00:00+01:00By Gareth Price

From training, quality and work station design, OEMs are seeing a host of applications that can benefit from virtual and augmented reality technology