Production Engineering, Tooling & Machinery

Be brave

It’s a brave new world. Industrial automation and robotics are wiping out jobs across the board, swathes of people are roaming the streets unemployed and food is being rationed by an artificial intelligence, which decides how much to give them based on its perceived view of their value to society. Or at least that’s what popular culture and national news media would have us believe.

That’s why it was refreshing to see a more realistic view of the impact of automation presented in a recent episode of Dr Who.

ROS gets a grip

With its additively manufactured gripper fingers, SCHUNK has opened a new chapter of online sales in the field of  mechanical and plant engineering. Automotive supplier ROS from Coburg uses the clever 3D design tool SCHUNK eGRIP for diverse robot handling in assembly systems.

Achieving Operational Excellence

Widely recognised among the premium automotive brands for passenger cars, Volvo Car Group has built its business and reputation on both comfort and safety, ranging as far back as 1959 when the first 3 point seatbelt was introduced in its cars. Environmentally friendly and cost-effective processes and products have also been a high priority throughout their history. For high volume applications where precision and long tool life are critical to business, Volvo Cars relies on sustainable, future proof tooling solutions. By utilising Mitsubishi’s MPS1 Superlong drills in their crankshaft machining, Volvo has reached over 30 percent increase of the number of parts machined without changing the drill, thereby reducing the tooling cost in this application by more than 40 percent.

Expanded and Digitalised

DMG Mori in October, unveiled extensive improvements to its Famot machining centre and CNC lathe factory in Pleszew, Poland, one of the largest production facilities in the group with around 700 staff.

A total of 60 million euros has been invested, partly to extend the factory to 50,000 m² including 14,000 m² of production area and 7,000 m² devoted to assembly, which together receive more than 140,000 parts a day from store. In the production hall alone, 50 machine tools mainly from DMG Mori operate around the clock. New also are a castings store, logistics hall and inductive hardening facility.

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