Automotive manufacture

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Inspecting piston-ring fit

The Renault site in Cléon, France, employs LJ-G laser displacement sensors from Keyence on its G9 engine production line to inspect the fit of piston-rings.
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Radar level transmitter proves itself at Aston Martin

To ensure that the paint finish on Aston Martin sports cars is perfect from every angle, all aspects within its paintshop facility need to be controlled – even the environmental impact of the process. All the wastewater in the facility is recycled, and one of the initial treatment stages is the ‘coagulation tank’, where entrained solid materials are removed.
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CC-Link benefits for Maruti Suzuki

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.


  1. 12/03/2013 Car seating manufacturer’s drive to cut downtime and increase efficiency

    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.

  2. 26/02/2013 ABB robots get the go ahead for handling gluing and spot welding applications for BMW

    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.

  3. 05/02/2013 Piston inspection system prevents engine failures

    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.

  4. 12/12/2012 SCARA robot assembles spigots cost effectively

    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.

  5. 17/08/2012 Open network solution for automotive manufacturer

    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.

  6. 03/04/2012 Aston Martin improves painting performance

    Aston Martin has specified the use of four wall-mounted ABB IRB 5500 robots in its basecoat and clear coat painting booths.

  7. 20/03/2012 High read rates for a traceability monitoring system

    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.

  8. 28/11/2011 Robotic upgrade for automotive fitting line

    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.

  9. 01/11/2011 PROFIenergy - Energy saving potential

    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.

  10. 24/10/2011 Pneumatics – ensuring sustainability in plant automation

    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.

  11. 13/09/2011 Taking a look through Festo’s crystal ball

    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.

  12. 31/03/2011 Robot rebound looks set to continue

    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.

  13. 30/11/2010 The fastest way to support PROFIenergy

    HMS supports the ‘green automation initiative’ of the automobile manufacturers with the release of an embedded Anybus-CompactCom PROFIenergy communication module.

  14. 11/10/2010 Zigbee OPC Ethernet gateway improves logistics and tracking

    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.

  15. 18/03/2010 UK automotive industry gets welcome boost

    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.