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.
Walter has unveiled a series of new inserts to its Walter Xtra·tec® Point Drill lineup which provide drilling solutions for the heat exchanger industry.
Schneider Electric, announced the new HVAC/R Machine Retrofit solution, Condenser Fan Pak, designed to improve both new and existing air conditioning and refrigeration equipment used in the food and beverage, educational, government, hospital, industrial and retail sectors.
The more energy efficient static elimination aids bottling, canning, thermoforming, and other manufacturing and packaging processes.
In order to transport palletized beverage cartons to the central warehouses and distribution centers of the customers, the German market leader for sparkling wine, Rotkäppchen-Mumm Sektkellereien GmbH, Freyburg (Unstrut), decided to equip two of its production locations with the BEUMER stretch hood M high-capacity packaging systems.
It has become a popular meme that “robots are destroying our jobs.” How else do we explain today’s persistent high unemployment? But this notion that technology, automation and productivity lead to fewer jobs and higher unemployment is simply wrong. First, there is no logical relationship between job growth and productivity.
To address coming workforce demographic changes, employers must create a corporate culture that promotes both safety and wellness. Healthy workers and a safe workspace reduce costs and increase productivity, so these efforts will be repaid fully.
The median age of the labor force is anticipated to increase rapidly, with one-third of the U.S. labor force turning 55 by 2015. This may have far-reaching implications on the number and type of work-related injuries experienced. Most companies are not prepared for these changing demographics.