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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.
#GMC #Buick #GeneralMotors

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.

Digital Assembly Comes of Age

Digital assembly is increasingly comprehensive and allows smoother product launches.
#Honda

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

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How to Build an NSX Engine

Or maybe that should be “How Acura hand builds a 500-hp V6 in a factory in Ohio”
#racing #Acura #HP

Ford Builds the Final Taurus (for Now)

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

Hyundai Suspends S. Korea Output as Coronavirus Disrupts Supply Chain

Hyundai is the first carmaker to idle plants outside China because of the outbreak. It won't be the last.
#Hyundai #asia

C8 #1: First 2020 Stingray for Consumers Built

Yes, the wait is over: the team at Bowling Green is building 2020 Corvettes for consumers
#Chevrolet #Chrysler

UPDATE: Carmakers Brace for Impact As Coronavirus Spreads

Carmakers are on high alert about possible disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak that began in China one month ago.
#asia #europe #americas

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

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.
#Dodge #Chrysler #Fiat

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

Assembling the VW ID.

The transformation is underway at Volkswagen to become a preeminent producer of electric vehicles. And it is happening in a big way in Zwickau, Germany.
#Volkswagen #Carbon

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.
#oem #ElectraMeccanica