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Motoman's New SSA2000 Robot: Faster Welding-Same Price
In the automotive industry, on your typical parts, you have a lot of short welds,” says Craig Jennings, president of Motoman Inc. (www.motoman.com; West Carrolton, OH). He then ticks off examples of arc-welded part: seat frames, mufflers, susp...
Article Published: 6/1/2007
The Automotive 72-Hour Chat Room
“A gargantuan chat room.” That’s how Doug Gross, IBM Automotive Sector general manager, described the three-day “Automotive Supplier Jam” that was organized by IBM (www.ibm.com) and the Original Equipment Suppliers Asso...
Article Published: 5/1/2007
TLC Is Key For System Assessment
When it comes to specifying and buying a machining system for powertrain production operations, it is essential to look beyond the price sticker. Economies of scale are certainly important. But so are a variety of other factors.
Article Published: 4/4/2007
Integrating The Manufacturing Enterprise
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors have been very, very busy with acquisitions, new modules, and integrations. Here’s a snapshot of some new developments.
Article Published: 1/9/2007
Integrating Improvement Efforts
As companies are looking for the ways and means to improve their operations, some companies are trying to implement lean manufacturing processes.
Article Published: 1/9/2007
Assembling Cars In Belgium
If you think that Belgium is dominated by just beer and chocolates, think again. Sure, the country has built a strong reputation as a confectionary leader, but one region is trying to keep a toehold in another crucial industry: vehicle manufacturing...
Article Published: 12/11/2006
The Silicon Valley Approach
With the electronics content exploding in automobiles, perhaps some automotive suppliers can learn a few things from the consumer electronics, computing, and medical technologies industries.
Article Published: 12/6/2006
DUCATI: Back on Track By Developing Innovative Products
Although the Italian bike maker was given up for dead by some, new track-inspired designs and innovative engineering has put the company securely back on track.
Article Published: 11/7/2006
Tinkering With An Icon: The '07 Jeep Wrangler
It has a fresher design, contemporary engineering, and is being built with a new supplier partnership. Yet for all that, the fundamentals of what makes the Wrangler a Wrangler remain.
Article Published: 10/3/2006
Seeing Quality
Cameras and readable ID marks are helping manufacturers improve their products so that recalls can be minimized.
Article Published: 10/3/2006

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