Swedish product development consultancy Semcon AB is expanding its partnership with fuel cell maker PowerCell, to help it scale up production by deploying robots and automation. The robots are being installed at PowerCell’s facility in Gothenberg, Sweden, following Semcon’s virtual simulations which visualize the entire production process. PowerCell expects to streamline its manufacturing, reduce costs Read More..
Automated systems supplier Kuka, based in Augsburg, Germany, has taken an order from Chinese automaker GAC NE (New Energy) for 430 industrial robots. These will be deployed to build electric vehicles in this GAC Group division’s new production plant in Guangzhou, for joining and handling tasks at the body-in-white stage. The KR Quantec [pictured] and Read More..
BMW Group has introduced computer tomography at its pilot plant in the Research & Innovation Center (FIZ), Munich: this involves robotized X-ray scanning of prototypes to enable faster analysis development and production. It has particular application for quality control, where it allows vehicles to be checked without any physical dismantling. In the trial system, four Read More..
Sales of industrial robots rose 8 pc in 2015 to a record 240,000 units, according to the World Robotics Federation (IFR). The greatest demand was registered by the auto industry. “In the age of Industry 4.0, the automotive industry is taking a leading role when it comes to flexible and state-of-the-art automation solutions and the Read More..
There’s nothing new about robots building a major part of the car, but Audi has introduced a new process that lets these robots cooperate more directly with human plant workers. The German premium car maker said it has deployed a robot that works hand-in-hand with humans, without a safety barrier in between. The technology enhances Read More..
Starting from a low base, China is set to see a sharp increase in the use of robots in manufacturing, according the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). Today’s 200,000 robots in Chinese plants are set to double to more than 400,000 by 2017. That compares with a projected 300,000 in Europe’s five major markets in Read More..
German industrial robot maker Kuka is boosting its presence in the US through the acquisition of the plant engineering business of privately owned Utica Companies. Utica is a Michigan-based welding equipment specialist with a focus on the auto industry. The acquisition will make Kuka the biggest systems supplier in the North American automotive sector, the Read More..
Daimler plans to deploy robots originally designed for use in outer space to help build cars on earth. The German premium car maker said it had signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Kuka, a large southern-German maker of industrial robots, to jointly develop lightweight robots to be integrated into the manufacturing process. Daimler’s head of Read More..
Ford hopes to boost quality through a major investment in robots that can check for problems using laser technology. The U.S. based carmaker said it is investing $100 million globally to install laser inspection robots at its plants. They will check for wind noise problems and should help Ford give its cars a higher quality Read More..