Ford's new "employee" on the automotive assembly line, a KUKA robot armClick image to enlarge

Ford Motor Co. is testing KUKA collaborative robots in some of its plants. See how one robot is becoming part of Ford's automotive manufacturing team. It's considered one of the first in the world to work hand-in-hand with people on the assembly line.

 

Natural Talents

by Andrew Brooks

Canada’s strength in natural resources is being matched by its winning hand in renewable energy

Finding your niche

YOUR BUSINESS | Automotive

by Tim Wilson

For Alec’s Automotive Machine Shop in Vancouver, BC, staying relevant means being able to change with the times.

Canadian Structural Welding Certification

This video offers a glimpse into what a CWB certification test is like, offering some tips along the way.

3D printed pizza and 17 other 3D printed objects

A 3D printed pizza from NASA and 17 other ojects made using additive manufacturing.

Machine to Machine

Story & Photos by Andrew Brooks

McMaster’s “Smart Factory” lab showcases next-generation manufacturing automation and data collection

New generation turret punch press

Prima Power's Punch Genius is a new generation of servo-electric punching systems with numerically controlled, servo-electric axes.

Boeing creates lightest metal ever using additive manufacturing

Microlattice is the lightest metal ever made. At 99.99 per cent air, it's light enough to balance on top of a dandelion, while its structure makes it strong. Strength and record breaking lightness make it a potential metal for future planes and vehicles. Learn more about Boeing Innovations athttp://www.boeing.com/innovation/

How the Porsche 911 is made

There are plenty of robots on hand as the Porsche 911 takes shape – but also plenty of the hands-on human touch points you’d expect to impart the finishing touches to one of the most coveted automobiles ever built. Watch how it happens in this video.

High performance milling cutter with five cutting edges

Walter's Prototyp Milling: the Protomax ST high performance milling cutter designed with five cutting edges. Designed for machining steel substrates.

Prima Power customer profile: The Williams Brothers Corp.

Shaun Doooner, general manager of the Williams Brothers Corp., discusses why the company has invested in Prima Power fiber laser cutting, bending and shearing equipment.

Cutting pipes and plate on one machine

MicroStep's CombiCut machine combines cutting of pipes and plates on one machine platform. 

Collaborative Welding Comes of Age

by Nestor Gula

Robots and humans working together for perfect pipe welds

Titan Gilroy likes the Haimer face shield

Titan Gilroy knows what it's like to work the floor in a machine shop. 

Common line cutting

by Sylvain Robidoux

Implement common line cutting/nesting to improve fabricating efficiencies

"Robots on board" welding system

Yaskawa Motoman's arc welding system with the RWV2 compact positioner, Motoman MA1440 robot and the DX200 controller.

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