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Robotic Innovations Automating the Future Factory

As manufacturers aim at improving factory process efficiencies, new robotics present perhaps the best and fastest payback for furthering lean goals and boosting plant-floor productivity. The latest innovations in factory automation, which combine robotics, vision systems, metrology solutions and other factory automation systems were on display front and center at Automate 2015, held at McCormick Place March 23-26 in Chicago.

Viewpoints Blog

HOUSTEX 2015: The Only Things Bigger Than Energy Industry Tools Are Ideas

When you’re in the energy hub that is Houston, there is no escaping awareness of the price of oil. There really hasn’t been a break since late last summer when oil prices began to plunge. To the optimistic, higher oil prices that the industry needs won’t likely happen until yearend. Big ideas at the 2015 edition of Houstex matched the big machine tool technology needed to maintain the role of the US as a global leader in oil & gas production.

Quality

Precise, Clean, Lightweight Joining with Laser Welding

Welding with lasers is a key enabler for a growing number of applications, such as lightweighting. Take, for example, tailor welded blanks (TWB), in which sheets of steel are tailor welded with different thicknesses, strengths, or coatings prior to stamping into formed parts. TWB was first introduced using lasers, and it allows designers to put thicker material where needed for strength, with thinner gages elsewhere.

Controls & Software

Analytics Platform Helps Troubleshoot Embedded Software

Saffron, the only cognitive computing platform designed for mission-critical operational intelligence, today announced the availability of SaffronStreamline, a product lifecycle intelligence solution that provides end-to-end knowledge about issues and defects in a product’s lifecycle, helping manufacturers shorten time to market and manage potential risks.

AeroDef

AERODEF 2015: Meeting the Challenge of Composites

Carbon fiber composites “grew up” in the airline world for replacement of metal parts. Today, they are reaching maturity as an integral part of aerospace manufacturing. But the growing pains continue, according to George N. Bullen, FSME, CPIM, who has spent his career working in space and space technologies and is now president/CEO of Smart Blades, Inc.

Event Coverage

Robotic Innovations Automating the Future Factory

As manufacturers aim at improving factory process efficiencies, new robotics present perhaps the best and fastest payback for furthering lean goals and boosting plant-floor productivity. The latest innovations in factory automation, which combine robotics, vision systems, metrology solutions and other factory automation systems were on display front and center at Automate 2015, held at McCormick Place March 23-26 in Chicago.


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