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THE process of assembly, in technology terms, is probably one of the simplest in manufacturing, consisting of such operations as inserting, placing, fastening and so on. However, it is one of the most difficult to control because unlike other manufacturing processes it involves more than one...
One of the most vertically integrated plants of the Sony Corporation is to be found at Bridgend in the UK. Whilst its origins are Japanese it is very much European in character as Brian Rooks found out.
By the end of this year, a FFr 25 million automated flexible assembly line will be producing a range of circuit breakers at Telemecanique's Dijon plant. Anna Kochan reports.
Besides coping with explosive growth in production of vehicle locking systems, Valeo Neiman is changing over from line to cell assembly and implementing TQC. Quality and engineering director Bill Bullock outlined developments to Jack Hollingum.
A fastchangeover PCB assembly cell incorporating image recognition is being used to evaluate concepts of minimising cycle times for component insertion.
The Boothroyd Dewhurst design for assembly method is being used by many US major corporations. The rules are simple but the savings can be dramatic as Boothroyd told a recent IProdE meeting in Birmingham.
A flexible assembly cell test bed has been installed at the Austrian Research Centre in Siebersdorf. Work is progressing to solve cell control and cost accounting problems.
Circuit board manufacturers are looking to their equipment suppliers for turnkey contracts, and Dynapert are responding at Productronica with an integrated surfacemount line. Jack Hollingum reports.
Over the years solutions to design for manufacture have varied from parts design to vague ideas on teamwork. Peter Foyer suggests using a range of techniques to achieve specific business objectives.
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