While RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology has long ago entered into the consumer space — everything from smartphones to pets are loaded with data-laden tags — it’s had a more rocky experience in the industrial space. The technology, which aims to wirelessly transfer data via minuscule tags embedded in or on various products, didn’t quite stack up against the industrial environment.
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GM is designing cars with 3D printing, Ford is scanning each car for paint imperfections the size of a grain of salt, and everyone is making more models on the same line.
Reporter Ray Martin takes you on a tour of the Redeye 3D printing factory in Minneapolis - where the world's first 3D printed car was born.
Success as a system integrator depends upon being conversant in current automation topics and using available technology to deliver them to clients.
Ford Motor Company is piloting new software from Siemens that facilitates virtual navigation within its assembly plants, helping the company improve global collaboration and better share best practices.
It was BMW's first full manufacturing plant outside Germany, and today is the sole location that makes the X3, X5 and X6. Its scope was recently expanded to offer a larger capacity to take on future SUV models coming from BMW.
For Stantræk, automation means growth. The company is now able to expand production with no significant increases in payroll. From 2008 to 2013, revenue almost doubled while the number of employees only increased from 21 to 28. Much of the added work load is now handled by Universal Robots.
The new IRB 6700 is available in payloads from 150 to 300 kg, and reaches from 2.6 to 3.2 meters, and is designed for spot welding, material handling and machine tending.
In this issue, we tour a corn milling facility in Missouri, discuss new maintenance technologies, highlight some products from the National Safety Council's Congress & Expo, and talk to experts about hand safety in the manufacturing industry.
GF Piping Systems has introduced the Signet 2610-41 Optical Dissolved Oxygen Sensor featuring expanded communication protocol capabilities.
Staco Energy Products Company introduces the FirstLine® PL – a parallelable three-phase Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) for 10-40kVA applications. These units boast efficiencies of up to 94% for lower energy costs and reduced carbon footprint, while delivering maximum availability and flexibility.
Material Master Bulk Bag Discharging System features a fork lift loaded bulk bag lifting frame with adjustable height receiving frame. Unit features the exclusive heavy-duty Flo-Master™ bulk bag massaging system with open pipe frames which promote positive material flow.
Ingersoll Rand, a producer of air compressors, tools, fluid management and material handling equipment, has released a new line of M2 Series grinders and sanders to complete heavy duty cutting, polishing and cleaning applications in less time.
Siemens Industry, Inc. announced the availability of the new Sinamics CU250S-2 control unit for use with its popular Sinamics G120 variable speed drives.
STOBER Drives, Inc. has added two additional sizes to its Servo-Fit™ PHQ gear unit line. The new sizes are smaller, adding a more diverse range of case sizes.
Schneider Electric announced the new Altivar 212 mobile programming application and drive to iPad converter cable, which allow users to perform all Altivar™ 212 and S-Flex™ drives programming through Apple iPads.
Lafert North America has its Super Premium Efficiency Metric Motors (IE4) - Permanent Magnet design in stock.
Fluke Corporation is broadening its suite of precision pressure calibration products with the addition of 14 new 700G Series Pressure Gauges, and the 719Pro and 721 Dual Range Pressure Calibrators.
The Model PT-110 Non-Contact Laser Tachometer is a simple to use, ergonomic, rugged test instrument that operates with optical laser technology.
This video shows how experts at TWI have adopted automated laser cutting technology for hand operation. The main application is in the area of decommissioning where the flexibility to choose where and how to cut the components can lead to significant advantages when it comes to packing.
Originally used for producing automotive components, RIM is a low-pressure, low-temperature process that uses urethane thermoset resins. The process has been refined over the years, but has remained primarily unchanged.
Dearborn Mid-West Company (DMW), a global material handling supplier, has officially introduced its INTELLILUBE® single-point lubrication brand and accessory product line to the automotive and manufacturing industries.
The new kiosk function available with Power Pick Global software simplifies the picking process to help automotive parts departments improve productivity, save floor space and increase accuracy.