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ABB Begins Manufacturing Robots in the US

Assistant Editor Katelyn DaMour


ABB Robotics announced May 20 that it has started manufacturing robots in the US at its Auburn Hills, MI, location—making it the first global robotics company to do so. ABB made the announcement at an Open House and ribbon cutting ceremony, held in conjunction with one of its Customer Days. Full Article

NASCAR Driver Races His Job Shop Every Week

Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster


During a casual lunch under a white tent in Metro Atlanta this past week, Team Penske driver Brad Keselowski told a crowd of machinists, engineers and other manufacturing professionals how his team races its production capabilities every week during his 38-race schedule. The 31-year-old driver from Rochester Hills, MI, who drives the No. 2 Ford Fusion in the Sprint Cup Series, spoke at Mazak’s Southeast Technology Center, where about 300 people attended an educational event over two days. Full Article

All-in-One for Done in One— Machines Keep Offering More

Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


Today’s machine tools continue evolving into multifunction machine platforms to meet new requirements and those that may be expected in the future. To be sure, multifunction machines are not new. Milling, turning, and drilling/tapping with on-machine measurement have a long history of working together in machines to produce large and small workpieces and tools. Full Article

Solving the Customization Riddle in Energy Manufacturing

Paul Ryznar, President and CEO, OPS Solutions, LLC

Augmented reality instructions for nonstandardized work can optimize the process of manufacturing and assembly. When a national oil and gas company contracted with a Michigan based engineering group for a multimillion dollar oil equipment order, the group approached Light Guide Systems for assistance. This situation presented our team with truly unique challenges—and pushed us to find creative solutions—that show the growing capability of technology to assist in customized manufacturing. Full Article

Machine Vision Inspection Speeds Up Automotive Lines

Contributing Editor Bruce Morey


The automotive industry might represent the ultimate challenge to providers of machine vision equipment used in robotic guidance and material inspection. “The automotive industry is a microcosm of the entire industrial world,” explained David Dechow, staff engineer for FANUC. “Every potential industry is represented, from raw metal to electronics to wiring to machinery and everything in between.” Machine vision—electronic imaging for inspection, process control, and automated guidance—provides unique benefits in practically every facet of the industry.
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Oil Well Drilling Equipment Manufacturing Challenges Still Await

Janes Compton, Analyst, IBISWorld


Recent declines in oil prices have dramatically impacted industries of many types, and oil drilling equipment manufacturers must be particularly attentive to recent market conditions. As oil companies curtail spending on production, demand for oil drilling equipment is anticipated to undergo a period of weakness. Full Article

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