ASSEMBLY

Next Frontier for Robots: General Assembly

The next challenge for industrial robots is achieving human-like dexterity, including the ability to handle flexible components such as wiring and fabric, says Fanuc America.

Bill Hampton
Editor-in-Chief, AutoBeat Daily

Lasers in Parma

To say that the GM Parma Metal Center is instrumental in the production of assembly and stampings for the OEM would be a huge understatement: at the 2.3-million ft2 facility the team processes over 1,000 tons of steel per day.
#Buick #GeneralMotors #GMC

How to Keep a Last-gen Truck Current

When Ram Truck launched the 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck, the company didn’t want to simply stop building the last-generation vehicle at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant. In order to keep the Classic of interest, the company has gone back to 1976, the year they launched the Dodge Warlock, a “factory-personalized” pickup, and have created the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock.
#Dodge #Ram

What's New in Automotive Manufacturing?

Low-torque fastening system, collaborative robot with built-in vision system; face mill for thin-walled aluminum parts; semi-automatic cable stripper.

Ford Builds the Final Taurus (for Now)

The last Ford Taurus was built Friday, March 1, at the Chicago Assembly Plant.
#oem #Ford #Lincoln

Automation/Robotics

Faster and better automotive assembly can be achieved, thanks to smarter equipment.

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FCA to Invest $4.5-billion in Michigan Manufacturing

Although “Detroit” is synonymous with “automotive production,” the only major OEM that actually manufactures vehicles within the city limits is Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, as it runs the Jefferson North Assembly plant in Detroit, where the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Dodge Durango are built.
#Chrysler #Dodge #oem

How to Keep a Last-gen Truck Current

In order to keep the Classic of interest, Ram Truck has gone back to 1976, the year they launched the Dodge Warlock, a “factory-personalized” pickup, and have created the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock.
#Dodge #oem #Ram

Volvo Plans EV Battery Plant in U.S.

A new battery factory near Volvo's vehicle assembly plant in South Carolina shows commitment to America's electric-car market.
#facilities #Volvo

Tesla Clarifies Details for German EV Plant

Tesla says its next electric-car factory, due to open in Germany 18 months from now, eventually will be able to make 500,000 EVs per year.
#Tesla #europe

Canadian Union Won’t Give Up on Closed GM Plant

Canada’s Unifor union is hoping to somehow resurrect the Canadian assembly plant General Motors closed this week in Oshawa, Ont., after 112 years of operation.
#Oldsmobile #Buick #facilities

Tesla Goes Big in Germany

The assembly plant Tesla plans to build in Germany next year eventually will be able to make as many as 500,000 electric cars per year—and enough batteries to power all of them.
#Tesla #europe #facilities

Robotic Tape System Developed

Masking tape has its genesis in the automotive body shop, back in the 1920s when an employee of 3M watched painters have difficultly removing the paper that they had affixed to vehicles to “mask” portions of the cars from the paint that was being applied.
#supplier #3M

The SOLO EV Is Really Being Built

From the point of view of structural engineering and assembly, electric vehicles are a whole lot simpler than those with internal combustion engines, which probably goes a long way to explain why there are so many startups showing EVs.
#ElectraMeccanica #oem

Robotic Bin Picking Made Simple(r)

The result of “thinking inside the bin,” is a design featuring a six-axis Yaskawa robot, an IFM Effector 200 photoelectric distance-measuring sensor, and, mounted to an IAI servo-driven slide, a Cognex In-Sight 8000 camera. 

Ford Valencia Workers Making Better Moves

The use of sensors in the auto industry is not just related to the development of ADAS systems.
#Caterpillar #oem #Ford

Technology and Nature

Mazda operates two major assembly complexes in Japan: the Ujina 1 and 2 plants in Hiroshima, where they build CX-3, CX-5, CX-9, and Miata models, as well as engines, with a 569,000 annual unit capacity; Hofu 1 and 2 in Hofu, which have a 416,000 capacity, and where the Mazda3, Mazda2, CX-3, Mazda6, and transmissions are produced.
#Mazda #oem