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.
New designs, higher speeds, and added functions address changing automotive manufacturing dynamics.
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.
Harbour Results Inc. estimates decline in N.A. OEM tooling spend for 2020
Carmakers, who spent $8.7 billion on production tooling in North America this year, are likely to cut their investment to $6.8 billion in 2020 and $7.1 billion in 2021, predicts Harbour Results Inc.
Process advances, new materials and tooling breakthroughs are advancing the state of hot stamping
Data collection, networking and machine design options are driving notable improvements and cost savings.
Shop Floor CMM; Robots for Pressworking; Vertical Spindle Machining Centers
To get a sense of just how serious HP (www8.hp.com/us/en/printers/3d-printers.html) is about actually doing high-volume manufacturing with its new Jet Fusion 5200 3D printing system, know that when introducing the unit, which literally uses what can be considered print heads that provide a building speed on a machine of up to 309 in3/hr, Ramon Pastor, general manager and global head of Plastics Solutions at HP 3D Printing & Digital Manufacturing, talks about having a machine that has “industrial level overall equipment effectiveness,” the sort of thing that one might hear regarding a machining center, and points out that because HP is a mass manufacturer it understands such things as the process capability index (Cpk), so the company has devised process control software for the 5200 Series that includes a machine-learning algorithm, which means that the printer will get closer and closer to its target value. “We are delivering a Cpk of 1.3,” Pastor says, adding, “We ask our vendors for 1.3.” There are three machines in the series, the 5200, 5210 and 5210 Pro, which is a capability walk toward more functionality and capability. “We are building a new market, a digital manufacturing market,” Pastor says, so to that end they are assiduously working with other companies, be they users (e.g., Jaguar Land Rover, whose Ben Wilson, additive manufacturing manager, said, “Our work with HP to advance our knowledge and in-house capability in 3D printing has been an important step toward production of quality parts to support current and aftermarket customers.
Coolant-targeting Toolholders; Hybrid Metal Additive-Subtractive Machine; Fastems RoboCell