Routine, structured tasks such as monitoring equipment or production processes – tasks that have traditionally required human intervention by onsite technicians – are becoming increasingly automated. This creates the potential not just to optimize existing production and service delivery models but to transform them.
“Tight tolerance” is a term that is often tossed around loosely in the industry—however, if tight tolerance is not done correctly, parts and products will underperform or possibly fail, resulting in customer dissatisfaction and a tooling and/or process overhaul.
Canadian engineers are on the verge of creating a car with more than 60 percent of parts made on a 3D printer.
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.
Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars) has officially started series production of the Volvo S60L at its manufacturing plant in Chengdu, China. The production start is another important milestone in Volvo Cars’ transformation journey and the establishment of China as the company’s second home market.
Watch this time lapse video of a 2013 Bentley being made from beginning to end.
In this issue, experts share maintenance best practices to cut industrial motor use costs, a company explores new ways of connecting businesses to manufacturers, and a bottling business focuses on zero wast management and American jobs.
Since motors and drive systems are so often directly intertwined with production, problem areas likely result in costly downtime — something every manufacturer wants to avoid at all costs.
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.
If you’re one of the few with that million-dollar idea, here are five key manufacturing trends you should know about to help bring your product to market faster, cheaper, and more efficiently.
Minnesota news channel KSTP features an Eden Praire manufacturer that has embraced 3D printing without laying off workers.
Alcoa rolls out huge sheets of aluminum for Boeing 747 and Airbus A380 wings using the largest hot roller in the world.
Under the motto of “Intelligence in Production”, solutions were presented at EMO Hannover 2013 that efficiently integrate new information technologies. The focus was on innovations that automate, simplify or enhance the efficiency of the work sequences involved.
Several factors have led manufacturers and processors to take a more cautious approach to improving their automation systems. But the need to employ more advanced plant floor networking technologies is becoming clear as manufacturers look to increase operational efficiencies and bottom line profits.
A robot named Baxter is operating on the assembly line of Rodon, a plastics manufacturer in Pennsylvania. Rodon's VP says the technology is reducing costs and increasing productivity, but doesn't replace human workers who he says are needed to maintain the equipment
Successful metal fabrication companies are always on a mission to improve their lead times to cut down on operating costs and to increase customer satisfaction. Many managers may try to analyze what the company does or doesn’t need, or which of the available suppliers might be cheaper and/or faster, yet provide them with their company’s specific needs without sacrificing quality in their products.
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.
After years of decline, one of the hardest hit industries in the United States might be making a comeback. But while textile manufacturing might return to the Carolinas, the jobs probably will not.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released the results of its first crash avoidance test for several car models. Both the Subaru Outback and Legacy received the highest ratings, while the Infiniti JX performed poorly.
Intel has created a robot that can be customized to the individual owner's needs that will cost well under $1,000. Intel futurist Brian David Johnson joins "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to discuss this remarkable scientific achievement.
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.
Industrial Automation North America made its debut as a co-located show with IMTS in 2012. It will make its return in 2014, showcasing the best in process, factory, and building automation. Larry Turner, President & CEO of Hannover Fairs USA, explains why they have decided to bring the Industrial Automation NA and MDA NA to IMTS 2014 and what you can expect to see there.
Daimler has unveiled its much anticipated self-driving Mercedes Benz at the Frankfurt International car show. The auto maker has been making incremental improvements to its autonomous technology, saying the car, driving with limited autonomy, performed well on a recent 100 km test drive through Germany. Daimler plans to have a fully autonomous vehicle available to consumers by 2020.
Automated and robotic machines for manufacturing operations can pose design challenges. The expansion of automation into broader applications has spurred demand for smarter, more efficient drives, controls and software tools. Staying ahead of the technological curve requires leveraging state of the art tools.
If you had a chance to “drive” to work tomorrow without having to touch the steering wheel or press down a pedal, would you do it? Think of the amount of time commuters everywhere could gain back – without having to actually think about driving, commuters can now safely take a phone call, catch up on the news, or maybe even nap (if you’re the type to put complete trust into driverless technology).