Ford is investing US$100 million globally to install robotic plant laser inspection technology to improve quality through reduced wind noise and more refined fit and finish
Being afraid of new technology can limit the benefits automated lights out manufacturing can offer, writes Annie Dang.
ABB has showcased its FRIDA concept robot for industrial dual-arm assembly use, and intended for co-existence with human workers.
Australia needs to to embrace advanced manufacturing to survive globally, according to a speech from Dan Swinney, Chief executive of the Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council, during a visit to Victoria last week.
THE outlook for the global robotics industry is rosy, with a great year in 2010 and promising prospects for 2011 and beyond, according to statistics for Industrial released by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) Statistical Department at the AUTOMATE event in Chicago.
AUSTRALIAN manufacturers have experienced their fare share of ups and downs over the past decade, but local companies have continued to thrive because our industry is flexible, it can roll with the punches, and it makes the best of what it’s got.
While the manufacturing industry was becoming more specialised in the 1990s, it was also becoming increasingly open with exports and imports on the increase. Hartley Henderson reports.
Industrial robot capabilities continue to expand, which begs the question: is a fully robotic-operated manufacturing plant bordering on reality or still a science fiction fantasy? Emily Mobbs investigates.
Today, efficient production times are vital to a manufacturer’s success. Automated and robotic machine loaders and tenders can improve manufacturing performance, but are they worth it?
Visitor registrations to Australia’s largest workplace safety event, Safety In Action and Melbourne Materials Handling, are up by 20 per cent compared to this time last year.
Wade Leslie, MD of robotics advisory service Robotize, has developed 12 golden rules for robot selection.
Updated robotic safety standards are set to protect workers in more ways than one.
Upcoming exhibitions, conferences, seminars, workshops and major events in the manufacturing calendar from Australia and overseas.
Rockwell Automation has released a white paper that shares its insight on major technology advances, safety and governing international guidelines.
Advances in robotics is making the technology an attractive option for many applications, however by not matching the technology to the task, many are failing to see the benefits.
Factory Equipment News (FEN) will release an industrial product buyers’ guide in early 2010 showcasing new manufacturing products.
Reed Exhibitions, owner of National Manufacturing Week (NMW) and AMTIL, owner of Austech, have announced next year’s national manufacturing industry event, will be held in Sydney May 11-14, 2010.
FINDING specialised qualified staff and the need for greater efficiency motivated Peter Harrison, GM of Hilustre Coatings, to investigate the possibility of using a robot at the company’s spray painting facility.
ABB has announced a new series of training workshops that highlight safety considerations for robotic production systems.
AS the economic downturn continues there is a growing trend for companies to focus on reviewing automation systems with a view to improving performance and deferring capital expenditure.