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Subject Area: Mechanical & Materials Engineering
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|Title:||Assembly and Automation Expo highlights innovations in automated assembly|
|Author(s):||Richard Bloss, (Associate Editor, Assembly Automation)|
|Citation:||Richard Bloss, (2011) "Assembly and Automation Expo highlights innovations in automated assembly", Assembly Automation, Vol. 31 Iss: 3, pp.220 - 223|
|Keywords:||Assembly cells, Assembly systems, Lasers, Motion elements|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/01445151111150550 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to review the automated assembly technology at the Assembly and Automation Expo. While assembly is the feature show, it combines with manufacturing of electronics, plastics and medical devices at the same venue.
Design/methodology/approach – In-depth interviews with exhibitors of automated systems, system integrators as well as suppliers of related components motion elements, laser markers.
Findings – Automated assembly continues to become more flexible, modular, as well as better suited for smaller lot orders and includes more real-time inspection capabilities.
Originality/value – The paper shows that new products to be assembled are driving those who provide automated assembly systems to create better solutions. These include solutions that are more cost-effective, faster and include more quality assessment and tracking as part of the automation.
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