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Automotive manufacture

CC-Link benefits for Maruti Suzuki (27/08/2013)
Article image Maruti Suzuki is producing over 1.5 million vehicles annually. It has been the largest single producer in the Indian car market for over 25 years. The company produces 15 different brands and makes over 150 variants of its models.
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Car seating manufacturer’s drive to cut downtime and increase efficiency (12/03/2013)
Article image SEW Eurodrive has supplied and installed a bespoke drive system on a production line at a first-tier supplier of car seating and interiors to the 4x4 SUV market.
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ABB robots get the go ahead for handling gluing and spot welding applications for BMW (26/02/2013)
BMW Group has placed an order for 2,400 ABB robots which will be installed over a three-year period at factories in Regensburg and Leipzig, Germany, as well as in Tiexi, China.
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Piston inspection system prevents engine failures 05/02/2013
An automatic vision inspection system, designed to read the alphanumeric product identifiers cast into pistons, has been developed by Olmec-UK Ltd for an automotive engine manufacturer. Full Story...

SCARA robot assembles spigots cost effectively 12/12/2012
To automate the assembly of a moulded plastic spigot, an automotive parts manufacturer asked industrial automation company ALPHR Technology to devise a cost-effective solution that would be compact, reliable and easy to maintain. Full Story...

Open network solution for automotive manufacturer 17/08/2012
CC-Link fieldbus is playing a pivotal role in building around 1200 Ford Mustang’s every day at a manufacturing plant. Each car travels around 20km through a robotised and automated production process at the US-based plant. Full Story...

Aston Martin improves painting performance 03/04/2012
Aston Martin has specified the use of four wall-mounted ABB IRB 5500 robots in its basecoat and clear coat painting booths. Full Story...

High read rates for a traceability monitoring system 20/03/2012
A German-based industrial product manufacturer has specified Cognex In-Sight 5100 ID readers to create a continuous monitoring system for traceability at several of its facilities across the globe. Full Story...

Robotic upgrade for automotive fitting line 28/11/2011
As part of a major investment by Norgren at its Lichfield manufacturing site in the UK, Kawasaki Robotics has replaced two aging robots with Kawasaki RS06L robots. The new robots will allow faster cell tool change times and are able to work more comfortably within target cycle times. Full Story...

PROFIenergy - Energy saving potential 01/11/2011
Professor Dr. Frithjof Klasen discusses the results of a PROFIenergy study undertaken at Daimler and Volkswagen which highlighted some potential energy savings for production plants. Full Story...

Pneumatics – ensuring sustainability in plant automation 24/10/2011
There is always potential for further efficiency gains through the optimised use of energy, especially in large production facilities, says Festo. Suzanne Gill reports from an Audi plant in Hungary. Full Story...

Taking a look through Festo’s crystal ball 13/09/2011
Dr Ansgar Kriwet, a member of the Festo management board, region and sales Europe, has offered his vision of the future of global automation, and the role that Festo hopes to play. Full Story...

Robot rebound looks set to continue 31/03/2011
2010 appears to have been a very successful year for the robotics industry, a welcome change following the drastic decline in orders experienced in 2009. Full Story...

The fastest way to support PROFIenergy 30/11/2010
HMS supports the ‘green automation initiative’ of the automobile manufacturers with the release of an embedded Anybus-CompactCom PROFIenergy communication module. Full Story...

Zigbee OPC Ethernet gateway improves logistics and tracking 11/10/2010
Having successfully supplied a ZigBee-based system to enable a UK motor vehicle manufacturer to ensure that all components for car production arrive JIT on the assembly line, IDC has now also supplied a similar system to the French division of the same manufacturer. Full Story...

UK automotive industry gets welcome boost 18/03/2010
Announcements from Ford and Nissan have given the UK automotive industry a massive boost. While Nissan has revealed plans to build its electric car in Sunderland, Ford has announced six major projects across four UK sites. Full Story...