AUTOMATION/ROBOTICS

Laser Blanking Line Means Significant Material Save

May 28, 2020 at 7:00 AM

Increase production and save material. Seems like a double win for the sheet metal shop

Robotic Sanding Tool for Improved Surfaces

February 26, 2020 at 2:17 PM

End-effector allows consistency in surface prep

Omron and Production Traceability

March 29, 2020 at 10:31 PM

Helping manufacturers hike quality by more closely tracking parts

NVIDIA Offers “Orin”; Fighting Cyberattacks; Under the Radar Weight Savings

February 03, 2020 at 3:04 AM

NVIDIA Offers “Orin”; Fighting Cyberattacks; Under the Radar Weight Savings

The Rise of Robots in Automotive

February 13, 2020 at 9:27 AM

Yes, the auto industry continues to lead the way in robot orders according to the Robotic Industries Association.

Robot Developments for Automotive Applications

February 03, 2020 at 1:24 PM

Spot welding continues to be a major application area in automotive and robot manufacturers are improving the tech to make that happen as efficiently as possible.

Toyota to Launch. . . a City

January 07, 2020 at 9:25 AM

Rather than just trying to see how advanced mobility and robotics will fit into existing structures, Toyota is building a city to help determine how these things can be best integrated into people’s lives

ABB Acquires Chinese EV Charging Specialist

October 30, 2019 at 10:38 AM

Swiss engineering and robotics giant ABB Group has agreed to purchase 67% of Chargedot New Energy Technology Co., which supplies charging systems for electric vehicles.

Shop Floor CMM; Robots for Pressworking; Vertical Spindle Machining Centers

October 04, 2019 at 11:34 AM

Shop Floor CMM; Robots for Pressworking; Vertical Spindle Machining Centers

Nissan Touts New Robotics Tech for Old Parts

October 03, 2019 at 2:43 PM

Nissan Motor Co. says it has developed a cost-efficient way to produce replacement parts for discontinued vehicles.

Robots in the Auto Industry

September 23, 2019 at 6:00 AM

When it comes to the deployment of robots, the auto industry is the hands-down leader. Or maybe that should be “gripper down”

Include Inspection in Automation Plans

September 04, 2019 at 7:02 PM

Expand your thinking for process and quality improvement.

Mitsubishi Electric Automation’s Remarkable Training Program

August 29, 2019 at 9:30 AM

Yes, unemployment rates are low, but for more than a million people, employment is elusive. One company helped some of those people

Kodiak Begins Freight Deliveries with Robo-Trucks

August 06, 2019 at 3:53 PM

California-based startup Kodiak Robotics Inc. has begun making commercial freight deliveries in Texas with semi-autonomous highway trucks.

About ADAS

August 05, 2019 at 12:02 PM

A look at the technologies for SAE Level 1 automation.

U.S. OKs SoftBank’s $2.3 Billion in Cruise Automation

July 08, 2019 at 11:48 AM

A U.S. panel has ruled there is no national security threat in the planned $2.3 billion investment in General Motors Co.’s Cruise Automation unit by Japan’s SoftBank Corp., Reuters reports.

SCARAs Get New Drives, Cleaner Design

July 03, 2019 at 4:30 PM

Stäubli Group (staubli.com) has introduced a new line of four-axis SCARAs (selective compliance articulated robot arms), the  TS2, which features the company’s proprietary JCS drive technology, previously used only on the company’s six-axis machines, says Sebastien Schmitt, Robotics Division Manager, Stäubli North America.

Coolant-targeting Toolholders; Hybrid Metal Additive-Subtractive Machine; Fastems RoboCell

July 03, 2019 at 2:49 PM

Coolant-targeting Toolholders; Hybrid Metal Additive-Subtractive Machine; Fastems RoboCell  

Startup Tests Remote Controlled Driverless Truck

June 14, 2019 at 12:48 PM

Starsky Robotics, a three-year-old San Francisco-based startup, tested an autonomous and remote-controlled heavy-duty truck this week at 55 mph on a closed section of a highway near Tampa, Fla.

CNC Interior Leather Cutting System; Mobile App for CNC Monitoring; Long-stroke Gripper for Cobots

June 04, 2019 at 10:35 AM

CNC Interior Leather Cutting System; Mobile App for CNC Monitoring; Long-stroke Gripper for Cobots

Ford Teams with Agility Robotics on Walking Bots

May 22, 2019 at 12:29 PM

Ford Motor Co. is partnering with Agility Robotics, an Albany, Ore.-based tech startup, to integrate walking robots with future self-driving delivery vehicles.

Toyota Doubles Funding for AI Startup Investments

May 02, 2019 at 10:13 AM

Toyota Motor Corp. says its AI Ventures unit is launching a second $100 million fund to spend on startups in artificial intelligence, robotics, big-data and advanced mobility.

Autonomous Vehicle for the Factory

April 09, 2019 at 6:49 AM

Although this may not seem like much, it is actually an advanced, sensor-equipped, artificial intelligence running. . . autonomous vehicle (AV): However, this development, the MiR1000 is designed for use in factories, not on limited-access highways.

Dexterous Cobot Speeds Inspection

April 03, 2019 at 1:09 PM

On one of its lines at its Youngstown, Ohio, facility, contract manufacturer Comprehensive Logistics Inc. builds both gasoline and diesel engine subassemblies.

Machine Learning in Manufacturing

April 03, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Production equipment is beginning to autonomously learn from experience.

Daimler Trucks Buys Majority Stake in Torc Robotics

March 29, 2019 at 3:18 PM

Daimler AG’s commercial truck unit has purchased a controlling stake in Torc Robotics Inc., a Virginia-based developer of autonomy driving technology.

Bill Gates Meets LiDAR

March 21, 2019 at 7:20 AM

While there is a burgeoning proliferation of companies that are in the LiDAR space, each with its own take on utilizing laser pulses to create a precise map of its surroundings for purposes of ADAS or full-blown automation, a Seattle-based company has a distinction that certainly sets it apart from its competitors.

What's New in Automotive Manufacturing?

March 04, 2019 at 6:20 PM

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

Exoskeleton Amplifies Human Strength—And Saves Backs

March 04, 2019 at 1:10 PM

The Sarcos Guardian XO Max full-body, all-electric exoskeleton features strength amplification of up to 20 to 1, making 200 pounds—the suit’s upper limit—feel like 10 pounds for the user.

GM Offers Equity to Employees of Cruise Unit

February 07, 2019 at 12:21 AM

General Motors Co. has enabled employees of its Cruise Automation unit the ability to acquire equity in the autonomous vehicle technology startup.

Robot Control from a Machine-tool CNC

February 04, 2019 at 12:30 PM

One of the challenges of integrating robots and machine tools is that each has its own control system.

Assembling the VW ID.

February 04, 2019 at 12:00 PM

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.

Robotic Tape System Developed

January 16, 2019 at 11:13 AM

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.

The Modern AGV Delivers Flexibility

January 04, 2019 at 1:56 PM

Automatically guided vehicles are getting smarter and more versatile.

What’s Behind the Auto Supplier Mega Mergers?

January 04, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Intel and similar companies know they have the opportunity to claim a whole new level of relevance in the automotive market, as software and automation claims a greater share of the future automobile.

Ford Advancing Manufacturing

December 04, 2018 at 5:31 PM

To assure that the company maintains its capabilities, relevance and leading-edge know-how in manufacturing, Ford has spent $45-million on its Advanced Manufacturing Center in Redford Township, Michigan, just west of Detroit.

Of Automation and Education

December 03, 2018 at 12:00 PM

According to the Industrial Federation of Robotics (IFR; ifr.org), which knows such things, 2017 marked a new high in shipments of industrial robots: the 381,000 units represent a 30 percent increase over the number shipped in 2016—and it is worth noting that in 2016 shipments were 294,000 robots, up from 254,000 units in 2015.

Of Automation and Education: Robotics in Automotive

December 03, 2018 at 12:00 PM

The auto industry generally leads the density of robots vis-à-vis the number of workers. But how is the U.S. keeping up with the rest of the world’s automation technologies?

FCA Ponders Sale of Comau Robotic Unit

November 27, 2018 at 2:04 AM

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is studying a plan to sell its Comau automation and robotics business for as much as €2 billion ($2.3 billion), sources tell Bloomberg News.

Hyundai Develops Wearable Robots

October 26, 2018 at 6:07 AM

The Hyundai Motor Group is directing some of its attention and resources toward the development of robotic technology, which includes wearable robots, service robots and micromobility.

NACTOY and Product Development

October 15, 2018 at 11:30 AM

OEMs have plenty on their proverbial plates right now, things that are requiring non-trivial investments, things like electrification and automation. So one might excuse them from having a lot of product on offer.

Honda Teams with GM on Autonomous Vehicles

October 03, 2018 at 10:33 AM

Honda Motor Co. plans to invest nearly $2.8 billion into General Motors Co.’s Cruise automation subsidiary to co-develop and launch autonomous vehicles.

On Manufacturing: Oct. 2018

October 01, 2018 at 12:00 PM

 

About Automation

September 17, 2018 at 1:31 PM

Automation is what many of the IMTS attendees were interested in learning about and every major machine tool builder had several examples of automation in, on or around more than one of the machines on display.

FCA Adds ADAS Capability to Chelsea

September 05, 2018 at 7:20 AM

It seems that FCA is now taking things more seriously as regards the development of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), all the way to fully autonomous: it has announced that it has invested more than $30-million at its Chelsea Proving Grounds, which is about an hour-and-a-half southwest of the FCA US headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

Robotic Bin Picking Made Simple(r)

August 31, 2018 at 11:38 AM

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. 

Cobots and Other Robotic Arms

August 30, 2018 at 9:39 AM

Collaborative robots—which are perhaps best known by the blended “cobots”—are gaining plenty of attention.

Autonomous Vehicle Startup Zoox Dumps its CEO

August 23, 2018 at 12:30 AM

Zoox Inc., the Menlo Park, Calif. robotics startup, has abruptly removed CEO and co-founder Tim Kentley-Klay only weeks after he led a $500 million fundraising round for the 4-year-old company.

Collaborative Robots: What You Should Know

July 30, 2018 at 12:00 AM

The touch-sensitive, safety-minded devices occupy a growing niche as manufacturers find new, truly collaborative applications.

GM Ponders Separate Stock for Cruise Automation Unit

June 18, 2018 at 1:17 AM

General Motors Co. has launched an internal discussion that could lead to spinning off the company’s 2-year-old Cruise Automation unit in a few years, sources tell Bloomberg News.

GM Unit Stresses Driver Training in Autonomous Cars

June 15, 2018 at 1:43 PM

General Motors Co.’s Cruise Automation unit says it puts backup drivers and auditors through extensive training before allowing them to participate in real-world autonomous vehicle tests. 

GM’s Stock Zooms as Cruise Automation Unit Lands $2.3 Billion Investment

May 31, 2018 at 11:12 AM

Japan’s SoftBank Vision Fund is investing $2.3 billion in General Motors Co.’s Cruise Automation unit.

Torc Robotics Shows Snowy Self-Driving Car Test

May 08, 2018 at 11:46 AM

Blacksburg, Va.-based Torc Robotics has released a video showing a prototype autonomous car navigating public streets during a spring snowstorm. 

Malaysia Focuses Auto Strategy on Tech, Mobility Services

May 04, 2018 at 10:28 AM

Malaysia is updating its national automotive policy to focus on artificial intelligence, big data, connectivity, factory automation, mobility services and next-generation vehicles.

Tesla Dials Back on Factory Automation

April 16, 2018 at 11:17 AM

Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk says his push for “excessive automation” at the company’s electric-car factory in California was a mistake.

Tech Chief for GM’s Self-Driving Car Unit Leaves

March 29, 2018 at 12:18 PM

A.G. Gangadhar, chief technology officer for General Motor Co.’s Cruise Automation unit, has quit after six months.

Robots and Auto

March 20, 2018 at 6:00 AM

Industrial robots are part and parcel of the auto industry and will continue to be, regardless of what politicians think.

Helping Cities Assess Mobility Options

March 05, 2018 at 4:29 AM

City planners recognize the potential power of vehicle connectivity, automation and ride sharing to improve the quality of life for urban dwellers.

The Steering Wheel Goes Semi-Autonomous

March 02, 2018 at 12:45 PM

ZF has developed a new concept steering wheel for Level 3 automation.

Ford Invests $25 Million More at Kentucky Truck

February 12, 2018 at 8:50 AM

To prepare the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant to launch the Lincoln Navigator and the Ford Expedition last fall, Ford invested approximately $900 million in its Kentucky Truck Plant facility to launch the Lincoln Navigator and Ford Expedition.

Robotics Today

January 08, 2018 at 12:51 PM

A look at some of the new automation technology that can improve productivity.

SEAT Goes Vertical

December 06, 2017 at 6:04 AM

The SEAT Martorell plant in Spain is the company’s primary assembly facility, as it the vehicles it produces there are the SEAT Ibiza, Leon SC, Leon 5P, Leon ST, Leon Cupra ST, Leon Cupra SC, and Arona.

Report: Tesla Hikes Pay 30% at German Engineering Unit

October 19, 2017 at 12:30 AM

Tesla Inc. has boosted salaries about 30% for employees at its Tesla Grohmann Automation GmbH unit in Pruem, Germany, the company’s works council tells Reuters.

RideCell Acquires Auro Robotics

October 16, 2017 at 11:39 AM

Smartphone app developer Ridecell Inc. has acquired California-based Auro Robotics, which specializes in automated driving systems for low-speed shuttles and similar applications.

Renault 2022 Product Plan Heavy on Electrification, Automation

October 06, 2017 at 10:07 AM

Renault SA aims to launch 21 new vehicles by 2022, most of which will be electrified and/or have at least SAE Level 2 autonomy capability. 

IHS Markit Buys Dealer Analytics Firm

September 27, 2017 at 6:20 AM

Forecasting giant IHS Markit has acquired automotiveMastermind Inc., which provides consumer behavior analytics and marketing automation software to U.S. car dealerships.

Germany Awards More Automated, Connected Vehicle Research Programs

July 20, 2017 at 12:58 PM

German Federal Minister Alexander Dobrindt has approved €22 million ($26 million) for 13 new research projects as part of the country’s automation and networking in road traffic program.

New Toyota Venture Capital Unit Targets Tech Startups

July 11, 2017 at 4:04 PM

Toyota Motor Corp. is launching a new Silicon Valley-based venture capital subsidiary, called Toyota AI Ventures, to support startup companies that specialize in artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomous vehicles and big data/cloud technologies.

Ford Creates Team to Pursue AI, Robotics

June 30, 2017 at 1:10 AM

Ford Motor Co. is forming a new division within its research and advanced engineering group to explore advances in robotics and artificial intelligence.

Partners Target Autonomous Taxis for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

June 15, 2017 at 1:56 PM

Japanese robotics maker ZMP Inc. says it is working with Hinomaru Kotsu, which operates 600 taxis in Tokyo, on autonomous vehicles for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Is Brexit U.K. Auto’s Waterloo?

May 24, 2017 at 6:20 AM

French manufacturers, particularly those in the automotive sector, are making significant investments in robotic technology, according to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). The organization says that its most recent figures show that the number of robots installed in the French car industry rose 22 percent, to 1,400 units.

Gehring to Head Safety, New Tech Unit for Global Automakers Group

May 16, 2017 at 7:14 AM

The Assn. of Global Automakers has hired Steve Gehring to be the trade group’s vice president of vehicle safety and connected automation. Gehring has more than 25 years of experience in various engineering and management positions at carmakers and "intelligent" transportation organizations.

Beyond Dirty, Dull and Dangerous

May 04, 2017 at 1:02 PM

UPDATE: Tesla Showers Workers with Incentives at Key Supplier in Germany

April 27, 2017 at 12:44 AM

Tesla Inc. if offering workers at a critical German supplier of factory automation an array of wage hikes, job guarantees, stock options and a one-time €1,000 ($1,100) bonus in a bid to avoid a strike, Reuters reports.

Poll: Consumers Like Driver Aids but Question Full Automation

April 19, 2017 at 12:00 AM

Drivers are becoming increasingly distrustful of fully automated cars, according to J.D. Power’s annual U.S. Tech Choice Study.

Toyota Develops Walking Rehabilitation Device

April 17, 2017 at 9:43 AM

Toyota Motor Corp.'s robotics unit has developed a medical device to help people with lower limb paralysis relearn how to walk.

GM to Add 1,100 Jobs in Software Unit

April 14, 2017 at 1:55 AM

General Motors Co. is dramatically expanding Cruise Automation Inc., the software company it acquired a year ago to develop and test self-driving-vehicle technologies.

Robots and Transformation

April 04, 2017 at 2:36 PM

Honda Forms R&D Unit for Next-Gen Tech

February 28, 2017 at 11:36 AM

Honda Motor Co.’s research and development subsidiary is creating a new unit called R&D Center X that will focus on so-called “new value” areas such as advanced robotics, artificial intelligence, mobility systems and energy management.

Anecdote about Automation

February 28, 2017 at 6:20 AM

This is the Case IH 8000 Series Austoft sugar cane harvester: According to CNH Industrial, which owns Case, in Brazil, where equipment like this is used, sugar cane harvesting, which had once been a labor-intensive process (as had been the production of cars and components), workers had been able to cut cane at a rate of up to 500 kg per hour.

Benefits of Becoming a Certified Women-Owned Business

January 24, 2017 at 9:13 AM

Certification can provide a competitive edge

Driving Toward Vehicle Automation

December 01, 2016 at 2:42 PM

The building blocks necessary for vehicle automation are falling into place, but will the transition be swift or steady?

Defining What Vehicle Automation Really Means

November 15, 2016 at 11:04 AM

Carmakers are rushing to provide their vehicles with increasing ability to pilot themselves. But the race can create confusion among about just what “autonomous driving” really means.

VIEWPOINT | DEFINING WHAT VEHICLE AUTOMATION REALLY MEANS

November 15, 2016 at 12:28 AM

Carmakers are rushing to provide their vehicles with increasing ability to pilot themselves. But the race can create confusion among about just what “autonomous driving” really means—and not just among consumers.

On Manufacturing/Nov. 2016

November 02, 2016 at 1:31 PM

Ford to Partner with U-Mich on Autonomous Car Research

September 16, 2016 at 8:51 AM

To accelerate research into autonomous vehicle technology, Ford Motor Co. plans to lease one floor and co-locate more than 100 engineers at a new robotics lab being built by the University of Michigan on its Ann Arbor, Mich., campus.

Toyota Research Institute Partners with Robotics Foundation

September 15, 2016 at 2:06 PM

Toyota Motor Corp. is making a $1 million charitable donation to the Open Source Robotics Foundation and is partnering with the non-profit group on advanced research programs.

GM Begins Testing Self-Driving Cars in Arizona

August 10, 2016 at 1:23 AM

General Motors Co.’s newly acquired Cruise Automation unit is testing autonomous driving technologies on the streets of Scottsdale, Ariz.

Industrial Robots are Essential in Body Shops the World Over. What’s Ahead?

August 01, 2016 at 4:28 PM

Not all that long ago, industrial robots were the stuff of amazement. Now they’re essential in body shops the world over. What’s ahead?

Advancing Manufacturing with Manufacturing Software

August 01, 2016 at 3:56 PM

Increased automation, feeds and speeds, accuracy and ease of use are the general themes in this year’s machining software enhancements.

BMW to Repurpose i3 Batteries for Home Energy Storage

June 22, 2016 at 8:52 AM

BMW AG is partnering with Germany’s Beck Automation LLC on an energy storage system that can use used batteries from the carmaker’s i3 electric car for household purposes.

Report: Toyota Close to Buying Google Robotics Companies

June 01, 2016 at 9:15 AM

Toyota Motor Corp. is in “final talks” with Google Inc. about buying two of the tech firm’s robotics units, The Nikkei reports.

Honda to Open Artificial Intelligence Lab in Tokyo

June 01, 2016 at 12:30 AM

Honda Motor Co. is opening a center in Tokyo to develop artificial intelligence technologies in such areas as speech recognition and software control that can be applied to everything from robotics to self-driving cars.

On Manufacturing/May 2016

May 03, 2016 at 4:06 PM

Adding Auto Capacity... in Finland

April 04, 2016 at 3:19 PM

Although you may not think “Finland” and “automotive manufacturing,” you should know that there is a company based in Uusikaupunki that has been building cars for a variety of manufacturers since 1969.

GM Gets Antitrust Okay to Buy Cruise Automation

March 28, 2016 at 1:15 PM

General Motors Co. has won approval from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to acquire San Francisco startup Cruise Automation Inc.

GM Buys Autonomous Vehicle Software Startup

March 11, 2016 at 10:21 AM

General Motors Co. is acquiring Cruise Automation Inc., a three-year-old startup in San Francisco that specializes in technology for self-driving cars.

On Mfg/Feb. 2016

February 11, 2016 at 12:46 PM

Faster and Better Automotive Assembly

January 29, 2016 at 2:07 PM

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

Four Levels of Collaborative Robotics

January 29, 2016 at 9:24 AM

Audi’s 1,000-hp Hybrid

November 06, 2015 at 5:17 AM

Quick: What word typically comes to mind when you want to modify or describe a locomotive?

New Heating System Touted for EVs

September 03, 2015 at 9:18 AM

Researchers at the Stuttgart-based Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation say they have developed a more efficient heating technology for the passenger cabins of electric vehicles.

A Red Dot for a Robot

July 23, 2015 at 5:30 AM

When we’ve written about the Red Dot Awards in the past, it has typically been about Peter Schreyer managing still another win for Kia.

GM Invests Big in Full-Size Trucks

May 28, 2015 at 5:00 AM

At the GM Fort Wayne Assembly Plant in Indiana, the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups are produced.

Audi Rolls With Robots

March 13, 2015 at 5:00 AM

Typically, one of the more manic places in an automotive assembly plant is at the end of the line, when vehicles are driven off the line and to various places, depending on the status of the vehicle (e.g., to a logistics area; to rework; to staging for a test track). Audi is trying something a bit different at a pilot facility in Ingolstadt.

Flame-wielding Robots

March 02, 2015 at 11:50 AM

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On Mfg - Oct. 2014

September 25, 2014 at 2:31 PM

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IMTS 2014 Preview

August 05, 2014 at 3:43 PM

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Do Androids Get Thirsty?

April 25, 2014 at 5:38 AM

Some of you may remember the good old days of automation, when proponents of robotics for industrial use explained that the units were beneficial because they never got tired, they never called in sick, and they never took breaks.

Looking at Some Robot Tech

February 01, 2013 at 12:00 AM

If you were to see the actual version of this, the MotoEye LT laser seam-tracking device for tracking weld joints at high speed and in real time from the Motoman Robotics Div. of Yaskawa America (motoman.com), you wouldn’t see that red triangle emerging from the bottom of the camera, the SF-D camera from Servo-Robot.

Modified Tow Trucks Save Toyota Manufacturing Millions

June 22, 2012 at 12:00 AM

“Production processes had been kaizened and were nearly as efficient as they could be, but conveyance of parts and sub-assemblies had not been as closely scrutinized.

How Do You Move a Ferrari?

June 21, 2012 at 5:38 AM

The ground clearance that the engineers at Famek AB, the Swedish company which produces Stringo Vehicle Movers, had to work with on the Ferrari race cars that are produced in Modena and need to be ferried through the shop is just 60 mm.

Clever Cleaner

August 28, 2009 at 8:43 AM

Although we’ve covered motorcycles every now and then and we’ve often covered automation, we’ve never thought much about putting the two together until we learned about what is claimed to be the first automated motorcycle wash in the country, the MOTO EXPRESS WASH invented by Mike Harrell of Harrell’s Car Wash Systems.

Field Guide: GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms

August 01, 2008 at 12:00 AM

In its 20 years, GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms has proven to be very much in control-of its automation and control technologies and services.

The Importance of MES-PLM Integration

August 01, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Three major PLM vendors were acquired in the past 15 months. Shakeout? Bigger industrial automation powerhouses? It’s all potentially good news for automotive.

Programmable Logic Controllers Transformed

July 01, 2006 at 12:00 AM

A new generation of programmable logic controllers (PLCs) yields a new acronym: PAC (programmable automation controller). There’s a lot more control power today.

ERP: Complexities, Ironies, and Advances

July 01, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is still what it is: your back-office automation system for managing the vast majority of business transactions in your enterprise. But now ERP is stepping out in multiple directions.

Simulation: The Real Story

January 01, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Simulation software used to focus on getting materials handling systems to run properly. Now features are functions are pushing simulation into the operational aspects of factory automation.