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Market turbulence forces assembly plants to constantly adjust their production volume of products, variants and quantities. At the same time, assembly plant managers must protect long‐term investments in the flexible assembly system. For reconfigurability and agility the best solution is the...
Standards have restricted the use of networks and programmable electronics in safety-related applications. New standards have released technology to enable improvements in safety and ensure developments take place within an overall safety framework. Best practice in the additional protocol...
Using the PC‐based control system 4CONTROL, the manufacture of RF cages for radio frequency instruments at Rohde & Schwarz in Germany has been almost completely automated. CAD systems, production planning and machine control across three sites have been integrated into the company IT networks to...
The automated guided vehicle (AGV), one of the popular new technologies of the 1980s, is now seen more as a part of automated handling systems not a standalone concept. It is now applied across a range of industries and several applications are described. At Denso Manufacturing, AGVs are used as...
Discusses current trends in the application of motors and drives by OEM users. Networks such as CAN and SERCOS are expanding rapidly and being controlled by PC/Windows‐based systems, with software written in “C” combined with proprietary libraries.
Reports on a new laser welding facility installed by Corus for making complex tailored blanks for the automotive industry. Describes the production of laser welded tailored blanks for BMW’s new Mini.
Describes the commercial and technical benefits of using a modular approach to system automation. Written by a supplier of modular automation systems.
This paper studies a production planning problem in printed circuit board (PCB) assembly. A PCB assembly line has several non‐identical placement machines, so the placement times by different machines are various to the same type of components. Several mathematical models are formulated in order...
Discusses the failings of conventional fixturing systems such as jigs and clamps and describes how electrorheological fluids can be used for flexible fixturing and workpiece retention.
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