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Moving Beyond Prototypes: Is 3D printing the answer for the manufacture of safety-critical vehicle parts?
July 24, 2019

Moving Beyond Prototypes: Is 3D printing the answer for the manufacture of safety-critical vehicle parts?

By Kostas Poulios, Pailton Engineering
This article explains how 3D printing is used in large vehicle manufacturing and whether this method could play a role in the production of safety critical parts.

Making Way for Customization and Automation in Automotive Manufacturing
April 23, 2019

Making Way for Customization and Automation in Automotive Manufacturing

By Lee Sullivan, COPA-DATA UK
According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, automotive manufacturing fell by 11 per cent last summer. Among the reasons cited for this decrease was growing demand for customization

Hardware vs. Software: Where should priorities lie in vehicle manufacturing?
December 06, 2018

Hardware vs. Software: Where should priorities lie in vehicle manufacturing?

By Emma Cygan, Pailton Engineering
Cost versus quality. Humans versus automation. Hardware versus software. Is the vehicle manufacturing industry fuelled with tension? This article explains how vehicle manufacturers must balance the procurement of hardware and software for new vehicle concepts.

Move to Smart Automotive Manufacturing With Standardization
August 13, 2018

Move to Smart Automotive Manufacturing With Standardization

By Larry Smentowski, Rockwell Automation
Smart manufacturing or Industry 4.0 initiatives present an opportunity to help all automakers address their challenges. But those initiatives will only be successful if automakers first have network, control and software standards in place.

Electric Vehicle Production: Life in the Fast Lane
July 27, 2018

Electric Vehicle Production: Life in the Fast Lane

By John Miles & Paolo Butti, Rockwell Automation
Smart manufacturing strategies are helping today's manufacturers produce high-quality electric vehicles quickly, affordably and with minimal risk. We aren’t likely to see a slowdown anytime soon

Risk Management in Automotive Manufacturing: Stop Problems at Their Roots
April 17, 2018

Risk Management in Automotive Manufacturing: Stop Problems at Their Roots

By Larry Smentowski, Rockwell Automation
Safety hazards, aging assets and security threats can negatively impact your business, including your employees, revenue, plants, intellectual property, vehicle quality and customers. You can help improve risk management by setting your sights on four key areas: safety, quality, obsolescence and security.

Detroit Diesel: An 80-Year Journey to Holistic Manufacturing
August 07, 2017

Detroit Diesel: An 80-Year Journey to Holistic Manufacturing

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Too often - in today’s industrial environment - management, investors and executives are looking for the single “silver bullet” that will lead to company success. The secret of longevity however, takes far more planning and innovation.

Winning  with Lightweight Materials: QA for Composite Component Production in the  Automotive Industry
May 24, 2017

Winning with Lightweight Materials: QA for Composite Component Production in the Automotive Industry

By Marius Mützel, Kistler Group
In the past, fiber-reinforced plastics (FRPs) were mainly used in the aerospace sector −but in response to the trend towards boosting efficiency and optimizing resources, their use in the automotive industry is now increasing as well. It is essential to use lightweight construction materials so as to achieve the increased efficiency levels required by law, and also to reduce CO2 emissions.

ARC Forum Wrap Up: Finding the Balance Between Connectivity and Security
March 10, 2017

ARC Forum Wrap Up: Finding the Balance Between Connectivity and Security

By Cory Fogg, Automation.com
The February 6-9 event provided an atmosphere buzzing over the potential that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and connected technology are bringing to today’s industry.

Scalable MES Can Increase Speed to Smart Manufacturing
February 28, 2017

Scalable MES Can Increase Speed to Smart Manufacturing

By Greg Schmidt, Rockwell Automation
Manufacturing execution systems (MES) can help companies better understand their operations and get more out of their workforce, equipment and materials. However, traditional MES is often an all-in, enterprise-wide investment.

Does Collaboration Trump Automation in the Automotive Industry?
December 28, 2016

Does Collaboration Trump Automation in the Automotive Industry?

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
While autonomous vehicles are making most of the headlines, some argue collaboration is more vital to industry success than automation. This article looks at some of the most exciting automotive engineering clusters around the world.

South Carolina Becoming Home for Automation, Innovation, and Vision Guided Vehicles
September 28, 2016

South Carolina Becoming Home for Automation, Innovation, and Vision Guided Vehicles

By Jim Rock, Seegrid
South Carolina is one of leading locations for vision guided vehicles (VGV), driven in part to the increasing North American fork truck free (FTF) initiatives.

Supercar Engine Assembly Optimized by Manufacturing Execution System
August 04, 2016

Supercar Engine Assembly Optimized by Manufacturing Execution System

This document summarizes the manufacturing execution system (MES), or manufacturing operations management (MOM) solution implemented by a leading Automotive manufacturer to manage the complex assembly of the engine for their new Supercar.

Following the Volkswagen Emissions Scandal, Can Industrial Emissions Data be Trusted?
August 02, 2016

Following the Volkswagen Emissions Scandal, Can Industrial Emissions Data be Trusted?

By Lana Ginns, Fluenta
In 2015 Volkswagen found itself at the centre of a global emissions scandal after it was discovered that results of regulatory emissions tests had been manipulated to pass US standards. Could a similar scandal occur in industrial emissions monitoring?

Connected Vehicles: Advancing Technology for the Future
July 11, 2016

Connected Vehicles: Advancing Technology for the Future

By Bruce Kraemer, IEEE Standards Association
The car of the near future will be transformed from an isolated island of glass and steel to a fully interconnected node in the Internet of Things (IoT). Information and communications technologies are rapidly transforming vehicles and the roles they play in our daily lives.

Collaborative Robots Transform Industry
May 01, 2015

Collaborative Robots Transform Industry

By Bill Lydon, Editor
I am convinced that collaborative robots are the highest impact automation development to improve manufacturing since the assembly line. If this development follows the cost performance trends of past developments, like PCs, we at the beginning of a new revolution.

Robot use increases more than 27% in 2014
April 24, 2015

Robot use increases more than 27% in 2014

By Bill Lydon, Editor
According to IFR, more than 220,000 robots were sold globally in 2014. The automotive industry is still the strongest, followed by the electronics industry. But there are many more applications in other industries that are just starting to grow, particularly with new small, safe, and collaborative robots.

Reinventing manufacturing with the latest technologies
March 23, 2015

Reinventing manufacturing with the latest technologies

By Bill Lydon, Editor
There is a great opportunity to leverage the latest technologies and compete in the global manufacturing landscape. The future lies in the convergence of product design, production planning, production engineering, production execution, and services.

The Internet of Things (IoT) Frenzy
November 03, 2014

The Internet of Things (IoT) Frenzy

By Bill Lydon, Editor
There is a growing frenzy over the application of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to industrial automation. The question is, “Why do we want to do this?” The high level goal is to improve manufacturing processes in a number of dimensions, including efficiency, responsiveness, and the ability to meet individual customer needs in a timely manner.

Test Equipment Leverages Smart Phones & Cloud Computing
June 20, 2014

Test Equipment Leverages Smart Phones & Cloud Computing

By Bill Lydon, Editor
Fluke recently introduced Fluke Connect, a system which allows maintenance technicians to wirelessly transmit measurement data from their test tools to their smart phones. There is a lot of hype about the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing. To date, from what I have seen on the market, Fluke Connect is the most useful, productivity-increasing industry solution based on these technologies.