Increase production and save material. Seems like a double win for the sheet metal shop
End-effector allows consistency in surface prep
Helping manufacturers hike quality by more closely tracking parts
NVIDIA Offers “Orin”; Fighting Cyberattacks; Under the Radar Weight Savings
Yes, the auto industry continues to lead the way in robot orders according to the Robotic Industries Association.
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.
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
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
Nissan Motor Co. says it has developed a cost-efficient way to produce replacement parts for discontinued vehicles.
When it comes to the deployment of robots, the auto industry is the hands-down leader. Or maybe that should be “gripper down”
Expand your thinking for process and quality improvement.
Yes, unemployment rates are low, but for more than a million people, employment is elusive. One company helped some of those people
California-based startup Kodiak Robotics Inc. has begun making commercial freight deliveries in Texas with semi-autonomous highway trucks.
A look at the technologies for SAE Level 1 automation.
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.
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
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
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 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.
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.
On one of its lines at its Youngstown, Ohio, facility, contract manufacturer Comprehensive Logistics Inc. builds both gasoline and diesel engine subassemblies.
Production equipment is beginning to autonomously learn from experience.
Daimler AG’s commercial truck unit has purchased a controlling stake in Torc Robotics Inc., a Virginia-based developer of autonomy driving technology.
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.
Low-torque fastening system, collaborative robot with built-in vision system; face mill for thin-walled aluminum parts; semi-automatic cable stripper.
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.
General Motors Co. has enabled employees of its Cruise Automation unit the ability to acquire equity in the autonomous vehicle technology startup.
One of the challenges of integrating robots and machine tools is that each has its own control system.
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.
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.
Automatically guided vehicles are getting smarter and more versatile.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 Motor Co. plans to invest nearly $2.8 billion into General Motors Co.’s Cruise automation subsidiary to co-develop and launch autonomous vehicles.
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.
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.
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.
Collaborative robots—which are perhaps best known by the blended “cobots”—are gaining plenty of attention.
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.
The touch-sensitive, safety-minded devices occupy a growing niche as manufacturers find new, truly collaborative applications.
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.
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.
Japan’s SoftBank Vision Fund is investing $2.3 billion in General Motors Co.’s Cruise Automation unit.
Blacksburg, Va.-based Torc Robotics has released a video showing a prototype autonomous car navigating public streets during a spring snowstorm.
Malaysia is updating its national automotive policy to focus on artificial intelligence, big data, connectivity, factory automation, mobility services and next-generation vehicles.
Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk says his push for “excessive automation” at the company’s electric-car factory in California was a mistake.
A.G. Gangadhar, chief technology officer for General Motor Co.’s Cruise Automation unit, has quit after six months.
Industrial robots are part and parcel of the auto industry and will continue to be, regardless of what politicians think.
City planners recognize the potential power of vehicle connectivity, automation and ride sharing to improve the quality of life for urban dwellers.
ZF has developed a new concept steering wheel for Level 3 automation.
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.
A look at some of the new automation technology that can improve productivity.
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.
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.
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 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.
Forecasting giant IHS Markit has acquired automotiveMastermind Inc., which provides consumer behavior analytics and marketing automation software to U.S. car dealerships.
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.
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 Motor Co. is forming a new division within its research and advanced engineering group to explore advances in robotics and artificial intelligence.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Drivers are becoming increasingly distrustful of fully automated cars, according to J.D. Power’s annual U.S. Tech Choice Study.
Toyota Motor Corp.'s robotics unit has developed a medical device to help people with lower limb paralysis relearn how to walk.
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.
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.
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.
Certification can provide a competitive edge
The building blocks necessary for vehicle automation are falling into place, but will the transition be swift or steady?
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.
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.
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 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.
General Motors Co.’s newly acquired Cruise Automation unit is testing autonomous driving technologies on the streets of Scottsdale, Ariz.
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?
Increased automation, feeds and speeds, accuracy and ease of use are the general themes in this year’s machining software enhancements.
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.
Toyota Motor Corp. is in “final talks” with Google Inc. about buying two of the tech firm’s robotics units, The Nikkei reports.
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.
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.
General Motors Co. has won approval from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to acquire San Francisco startup Cruise Automation Inc.
General Motors Co. is acquiring Cruise Automation Inc., a three-year-old startup in San Francisco that specializes in technology for self-driving cars.
Faster and better automotive assembly can be achieved, thanks to smarter equipment.
Quick: What word typically comes to mind when you want to modify or describe a locomotive?
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.
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.
At the GM Fort Wayne Assembly Plant in Indiana, the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups are produced.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
In its 20 years, GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms has proven to be very much in control-of its automation and control technologies and services.
Three major PLM vendors were acquired in the past 15 months. Shakeout? Bigger industrial automation powerhouses? It’s all potentially good news for automotive.
A new generation of programmable logic controllers (PLCs) yields a new acronym: PAC (programmable automation controller). There’s a lot more control power today.
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 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.