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Robots in the Auto Plant: What Are They Up to Now?

In its latest commercial for the Cadillac SRX, General Motors shows a bevy of robotic arms happily dancing around the car as part of its summer sales event. Robotics have certainly come a long way from GM’s multibillion dollar attempt to go lights-out in the '80s, when robots infamously painted each other and welded doors shut.

Viewpoints Blog

Viewpoints: Advanced Solutions Can Overcome Challenges

There is no question that manufacturing in the United States is ramping up and driving demand for additional capacity. From automotive to aerospace, companies are seeking new ways to turn up capacity while simultaneously working to overcome shortages in skilled labor. This situation has left many onlookers asking, “Is the United States truly capable of meeting these demands?” The short answer is yes, and many of today’s leading companies are proving this through investments in sophisticated technologies and contracted engineering services.

Quality

Metrology at IMTS 2014 - Better, Faster, Smaller

A number of new devices highlight a discernible trend. Metrology providers want to move precise geometric inspection on to the shop floor, developing small portable devices or new ways of using existing equipment.

Controls & Software

Factory-Floor Data Drives Auto Efficiency

It’s a given that automotive OEMs and Tier suppliers need to get components delivered on time, every time, in order to quickly and efficiently turn around parts to their own customers. With today’s enterprise resource management (ERP) systems, auto OEMs and suppliers alike depend on ERP developers to give them needed mobile access to data that’s often residing somewhere out on the cloud, and automotive customers also need their ERP systems to provide reliable part traceability, particularly in the case of product recalls.

AeroDef

IMTS 2014: Modig Machine Tool—The Most Respected Machine Tool Builders You've Never Heard Of

They’re quietly walking through the aisles of IMTS 2014, taking a few meetings and looking at the technology—but if you passed them, you wouldn’t know who they are. They’re David Modig, the third-generation president of Modig Machine Tool Sweden, and David Waldron, president of the newly established Modig Machine Tool US.

Event Coverage

FABTECH 2014: Hydraulic Quick Change Systems

Hydraulic quick die change systems from the Hilma Division of Carr Lane Roemheld provide safe, reliable die clamping.


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