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Cognex helps GM Canada develop chain drive stretching system based on vision sensors
October 29, 2018

Cognex helps GM Canada develop chain drive stretching system based on vision sensors

Working with Cognex, engineers at automotive manufacturer General Motors of Canada Company (GM Canada) developed a chain drive stretching system that measures every link in real time and automatically marks non-compliant links without slowing or stopping the line

ABB to help UK dockyard enhance green energy options
September 05, 2018

ABB to help UK dockyard enhance green energy options

ABB is supplying the SFC as part of a complete package including a dry-type 11 kilovolt (kV) to 6.6 kV transformer and control equipment to interface with the dockyard’s electrical management system. The project is scheduled for completion in 2019.

ABB helps boost low-emission power distribution for Toronto public transit
December 22, 2017

ABB helps boost low-emission power distribution for Toronto public transit

The project is part of an $8.4 billion investment from the Ontario government to expand public transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

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BA Systèmes helps Sappi automate Dutch paper mill
November 22, 2017

BA Systèmes helps Sappi automate Dutch paper mill

BA Systèmes has completed the partial automation of Sappi’s Maastricht paper mill in the Netherlands. The fleet of 7 counterbalanced AGVs constitutes an automated solution for integrated production and storage flows.

ABB to help charge electric buses in Gothenburg
November 22, 2017

ABB to help charge electric buses in Gothenburg

Due for delivery in spring 2018, two fast chargers will be installed at Sahlgrenska University Hospital and Eriksberg Square, on line 16 of the city’s bus network, on which two prototype electric articulated high capacity buses from Volvo will operate.

Kistler transducers help Jaguar Land Rover enhance wheel measurements
October 19, 2017

Kistler transducers help Jaguar Land Rover enhance wheel measurements

The method adopted by Jaguar Land Rover uses Kistler RoaDyn Wheel Force Transducers for measuring the three forces and three moments of a rotating wheel under real world operating conditions

ABB installs fast-charging station for electric vehicles at Prague supermarket
September 14, 2017

ABB installs fast-charging station for electric vehicles at Prague supermarket

This type of charging station has been installed at Lidl stores all over Europe. There are currently more than 100 charging stations in operation in Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK, Slovakia, Poland, France, Switzerland, Spain and Hungary.

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AAEON provides embedded boards for Asian aircraft manufacturer
July 25, 2017

AAEON provides embedded boards for Asian aircraft manufacturer

The client wished to integrate embedded boards into a scalable platform to consolidate their cockpit panels. The deployment of single boards were constrained by specific size demands and environmental limitations. They turned to AAEON's solutions for help.

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Kistler's maXYmos process monitoring system boosts P.J. Hare's quality control
December 09, 2016

Kistler's maXYmos process monitoring system boosts P.J. Hare's quality control

P. J. Hare focuses its development work primarily on hydraulic presses for use in the automotive supply sector. Because customers require traceable quality control, Hare integrates this aspect directly into the production process for its special-purpose machinery with the help of systems from Kistler.

NS Wash selects Stahlin enclosures for vehicle wash facility
November 18, 2016

NS Wash selects Stahlin enclosures for vehicle wash facility

NS Wash put suppliers on notice to find quality enclosures at a fair price. One came back with some Stahlin Non-Metallic enclosures samples

Kepware's KEPServerEX helps HIROTEC enable IIoT connectivity
October 21, 2016

Kepware's KEPServerEX helps HIROTEC enable IIoT connectivity

HIROTEC selected Kepware’s KEPServerEX connectivity software and the ThingWorx IoT Platform to enable company-wide device-to-cloud connectivity through one overarching toolset.

Paradox Engineering works with SPEL to enable smart parking in Czech Republic
October 06, 2016

Paradox Engineering works with SPEL to enable smart parking in Czech Republic

Connected into a PE.AMI wireless mesh network, B4-L sensors allow to collect data about parking spaces and elaborate them through an exclusive parking management software, which SPEL implemented for this specific project.

Deba Fasteners and Lazpiur announce manufacturing collaboration
July 15, 2016

Deba Fasteners and Lazpiur announce manufacturing collaboration

The former is dedicated to the manufacture of fastening elements, above all for the automotive market. The latter has two lines of business; one consists in building high-precision machines, some of which are specially indicated for the fastener sector.

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Emerson delivers automation solution and energy savings to Tech Folien
May 25, 2016

Emerson delivers automation solution and energy savings to Tech Folien

Tech Folien turned to Emerson official partner RJW, who designed and installed a motor solution which delivered energy savings of over 75%.

Local Motors incorporates CI's BAAM systems to manufacture 3D printed automobiles
May 06, 2016

Local Motors incorporates CI's BAAM systems to manufacture 3D printed automobiles

The Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) systems will be used to create highway-ready, 3D-printed cars, off-road vehicles with on-road capability at 40,000 square foot microfactories, each with an output of up to 250 cars per year.

California's Largest Fully Automated Parking Garage
September 08, 2015

California's Largest Fully Automated Parking Garage

By Jim Reichert, Vice President of Sales at Rittal Corporation
Building the largest fully automated parking garage in California would seem quite an accomplishment for any developer, but AutoParkit wanted its contribution to easing parking congestion to last longer than the headlines about its “adaptive reuse” technology.

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 LB Foster builds Assembly line for Jaguar XF Sportbrake
January 13, 2015

LB Foster builds Assembly line for Jaguar XF Sportbrake

The tabbing and framing cell takes the Sportbrake body floor out of the assembly line to have the side body panels, roof and other components put in place, tabbed and then welded by robots.

BMW implements automatic crack detection for pressed parts
October 21, 2014

BMW implements automatic crack detection for pressed parts

What’s New in Process Technology
At BMW in Munich, defective wheel housings were previously only recognised at the out feed of the press line. By implementing Sick Inspector I40 vision sensors, BMW now checks every component for cracks after the first drawing process in the lead press.

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Vision system boosts productivity, reduces costs at automobile assembly plant
October 21, 2014

Vision system boosts productivity, reduces costs at automobile assembly plant

Control Engineering
On a Chinese automobile assembly line, two machine vision cameras take images at 15 frames per second, to identify the type of vehicle part being moved, ensure that four robotic arms will grab the part in the correct locations, and increase productivity by six times.

Smart cameras target automotive inspection
June 22, 2014

Smart cameras target automotive inspection

Vision Systems Design
At an unidentified auto maker, Cognex In-Sight 5000-series cameras are being used for an automated wheel, tire, and wheel/tire verification process

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June 02, 2014

Sienna 900 strips wires for Volkswagen electric motors

Spectrum Technologies supplied an enamel stripping system for the magnet wire coils used in the stators for the gear box in Volkswagen's latest range of electric engines.

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Automation improves alternator test system
May 25, 2014

Automation improves alternator test system

Plant Engineering
By Bernie Galhoff
Motorcar Parts of America, an autoparts rebuilder, decided to design and build a new testing system in house using a programmable automation controller (PAC) and human machine interface (HMI).

India's largest car-maker makes the connection
April 30, 2014

India's largest car-maker makes the connection

Drives & Controls
India’s biggest car-maker, Maruti Suzuki, is turning increasingly to the CC-Link open network to help it cut its automation costs, to share data, and to make its operations more efficient.

Micro-Epsilon displacement sensors position synchroniser discs
April 07, 2014

Micro-Epsilon displacement sensors position synchroniser discs

Two laser line displacement sensors from Micro-Epsilon are mounted to a purpose-built handling and processing machine manufactured by Behr Systems.

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Alternative Energy Fires Up Plants
March 13, 2014

Alternative Energy Fires Up Plants

Design News
The Honda Transmission Manufacturing plant in Russells Point, Ohio, became the first major automotive manufacturing facility in the US to produce a substantial amount of its electricity directly from wind turbines located on its property.

Disc brake vision inspection system
February 23, 2014

Disc brake vision inspection system

Process and Control Today
Stemmer Imaging installed an industrial vision system to inspect disc brakes for Knorr-Bremse. Using line laser illumination, three cameras and intelligent imaging software, the system inspects the brake assemblies and checks the correct mounting by comparing the results to stored data.

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October 30, 2013

Kistler torque sensor used in supercharger research

Machine Building.net
A research team at Imperial College London is developing a new supercharger test rig. The supercharger is driven by an electric motor which runs the supercharger up to 24,000rpm, providing up to 36 lb-ft of torque. A Kistler torque sensor is located in one shaft, replicating the engine crankshaft.

Siemens Automates high-bay warehouse at Audi
October 22, 2013

Siemens Automates high-bay warehouse at Audi

Siemens developed the controller of the storage and retrieval machines and the conveyor system for the body buffer on the basis of its Simatic S7 controllers.

VMI uses eWON routers to reach tire machines
July 09, 2013

VMI uses eWON routers to reach tire machines

Tire machine manufacturer uses eWON routers during commissioning and for remote maintenance and troubleshooting.

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Image-Based Barcode Reader Gives NASCAR Teams Extra Assurance about Their Wheels
June 21, 2013

Image-Based Barcode Reader Gives NASCAR Teams Extra Assurance about Their Wheels

By John Lewis
Champion Tire and Wheel operates an automated facility that moves 1,000 race car wheels a day from a truck trailer back into storage after a race. A Cognex DataMan 302L image-based barcode reader provides a 97% read rate as wheels move along a conveyor line through a variety of inspection stations before it is stored.

Formula 1 Team Tests Cars With Air Flow Sensors From Litre Meter
June 12, 2013

Formula 1 Team Tests Cars With Air Flow Sensors From Litre Meter

Process & Control Today
Litre Meter supplied a Sierra FastFlo 620S air flow sensor to an unnamed Formula 1 racing team for use in engine testing. The air drawn into the engine air manifold via the airbox above the driver's head is carefully monitored in order to maximise the combustion of the fuel in the engine.

Empowering Users to Create Information Dashboards
June 10, 2013

Empowering Users to Create Information Dashboards

By Bill Lydon, Editor
Over the last two years, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) UK Petrochemicals has empowered users to create custom dashboards based on Excel spreadsheet data and calculations using software from Sabisu. The software enables people to organize their data around "Communities" related to areas of interest.

Robots Leverage 3-D Machine Vision to Handle Auto Parts
April 28, 2013

Robots Leverage 3-D Machine Vision to Handle Auto Parts

Vision Systems Design
LEONI Engineering Products and Services has installed a vision-guided robotic system at Alfe Heat Treating that can process up to 3000 cylinder heads per day using 3-D positional data and GigE cameras for image capture.

Lear Assembly Plant uses ISD MES software to improve quality
April 15, 2013

Lear Assembly Plant uses ISD MES software to improve quality

The entire auto seat assembly process is managed by an Integrated Systems Design (ISD) PC-based quality assurance system that improves overall seat quality by monitoring the seat assembly and sequencing process.

February 13, 2013

Piston inspection system prevents engine failures

Control Engineering Europe, February 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 unnamed automotive engine manufacturer.

January 12, 2013

CI Logistics provides conveyors for Caterpillar Stockton

Process and Control Today, January 2013

CI Logistics installed conveyors and transfer cars at three important stages of the production process for Caterpillar’s F Series - Backhoe Loader, which is built in Leicester, UK.

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EPLAN speeds up coiling and winding projects by 30%
January 10, 2013

EPLAN speeds up coiling and winding projects by 30%

Advanced Machine & Tool switched from AutoCAD Electrical to EPLAN because a major automotive customer wanted it.

October 26, 2012

Ethernet: The Ticket for High-Speed Motion Applications

Control Design, October 2012

By Jim Montague

There seem to be just as many Ethernet-based solutions as users have problems. You just have to get on the right train — and avoid the brawl in the club car. Here are some machine builders who got on, including Ethernet/IP and EtherCAT.

September 09, 2012

Open network solution for automotive manufacturer

Control Engineering Europe, September 2012

CC-Link fieldbus is playing a pivotal role in building 1200 Ford Mustangs every day at the AutoAlliance plant. Each car travels 20km through a robotised and automated production process, and CC-Link serves all the machines via a single network.

Computational Fluid Dynamics helps develop NASCAR race cars
July 26, 2012

Computational Fluid Dynamics helps develop NASCAR race cars

CFD helped Ford Racing develop its Fusion race car for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

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