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Robots in the Auto Plant: What Are They Up to Now?

Contributing Editor Ed Sinkora

9/1/2014

In its latest commercial for the Cadillac SRX, General Motors shows a bevy of robotic arms happily dancing around the car as part of its summer sales event. Robotics have certainly come a long way from GM’s multibillion dollar attempt to go lights-out in the '80s, when robots infamously painted each other and welded doors shut. Full Article

They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To



Executive Editor James D. Sawyer

9/1/2014

A new era has dawned in motorized vehicle manufacturing. Until recently the dominant trend has been the implementation of lean manufacturing and continuous improvement processes to make automotive production more efficient. The new trend also stresses efficiency, but now there is a sharp focus on fuel efficiency driven by government regulation. Full Article

IMTS 2014: Moving Toward Smarter Factories



Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak

8/1/2014

After making its debut at IMTS 2012, the Industrial Automation North America (IANA) pavilion is back for this year’s show, and it promises to showcase the best available choices in new factory automation controls, drives, motors and software that help manufacturers define state-of-the-art manufacturing processes. Full Article

IMTS 2014: Solutions for Machining Clean, Green and Fast



Contributing Editor Ed Sinkora

8/1/2014

Whether you’re milling, grinding, eroding, lasing, or using any of the other manufacturing disciplines represented at IMTS, it’s a safe bet you rely on the technology displayed in the Machine Components/Cleaning/Environmental pavilion. Not just “use,” but RELY on. As in, if you screw up on these, your shop shuts down. Full Article

IMTS 2014: Satisfying Abrasive Customers



Senior Editor Michael C. Anderson

8/1/2014

Users of CNC tool grinding machines can expect to see greater levels of automation, more sophisticated software that is easier to use than previous generations, an increased capability for multiple operations in one machine from grinding to inspection, and faster cycle times, according to the president of CNC tool and cutter grinder developer ANCA Inc. (Wixom, MI). Full Article

Solutions Come in Many Sizes and Shapes



Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

7/1/2014

Manufacturers want to make parts and hit their schedules with a minimum of problems. Job shops, in particular, have their own need for a great deal of flexibility, enabling them to switch from one job to another with the minimum of wasted time. For medium volume, high mix production, manufacturers can benefit from the latest automation on multipallet single machines or in multiple machine cells. Full Article

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