ABB Robotics will host its annual Technology Days event March 13th and 14th, 2014 at their North American headquarters and training center in Auburn Hills, Mich. The event will feature more than 80 product demonstrations and free technical seminars covering both general and application specific information designed to benefit both those considering an initial foray into robotic automation and those looking to upgrade or expand their existing robotic lines.
Applications to be covered include packaging, material handling, assembly, machine tending, welding and cutting, press automation, painting, automotive and transportation, and training and service. This year ABB will also celebrate 40 years in the robotics industry, highlighting major developmental milestones since 1974.
Prominent features on the demo floor will include the new IRB 6700—the next generation of large robots, designed for spot welding, material handling and machine tending; several sophisticated machine tending cells; and the full IRB 360 FlexPicker line. ABB’s Integrated Vision, Integrated Force Control, and RobotStudio programming systems will also be on display.
The Dual Arm Concept Robot (DACR) will be making its first appearance in North America, providing a look at the current status of a robot prototype designed to meet the challenging demands of the consumer electronics industry and other smaller parts assembly applications.
The ABB facility in is located at 1250 Brown Road, Auburn Hills, MI 48326.
Ohio Governor John Kasich is seen at the Atlantic hosted "Building the Future: Manufacturing's Software Revolution" event on February 19, 2014 in Norwood, Ohio. The governor addresses the audience in the Siemens' motors manufacturing facility.
Students there will now have access to the same Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software used throughout the global manufacturing industry to design, develop and manufacture some of the most sophisticated products in a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, biotechnology, machinery, ship building and high-tech electronics.
The software will be used in Cincinnati State’s Center for Innovative Technologies to help support its mechanical engineering and industrial design technologies' programs. Access to current CAD software gives students real-world experience that will make them more valuable to potential employers, something we all can support.
The 13th annual TopSolid seminar which took place in Prague January 15-18, 2014, gave Missler Software the opportunity to share with seminar participants the good news of its best sales results in the history of the company. The announcement of company turnover exceeding €27M ($36 million) for the first time ever gave an upbeat start to the company’s annual seminar, whose theme was, “Global Business for Local Impact.”
200 people, both internal staff and TopSolid resellers from all over the world, came together to look back over 2013 and, more importantly, to look at what is in store for 2014 during two intensive days of meetings, workshops and individual meetings with internal Missler Software management, sales, marketing and development/technical teams.
The management team confirmed its desire to strengthen existing reseller partnerships internationally and to create new partners in 2014. The creation of three business units in America, Europe and Asia was announced during the seminar plenary session. The company’s strategy is to foster tighter business links with its customers and resellers by developing a more local business model.
The seminar was the ideal occasion for the TopSolid product managers and application engineers to present TopSolid 2014 to the French sales team and international resellers thanks to several presentations and product demonstrations.
The seminar concluded with a gala award ceremony where the most successful French and international sales teams were rewarded. It was a time to thank all Missler Software and TopSolid resellers for their active participation and contribution in making 2013 the best year in the company’s history.
American Honda is a “New Domestic” company located in Ohio and purchases machined components from a number of PMPA member companies.
American Honda Motor Company is a major employer in Ohio with about 13,700 employees and three major plants. Now, Honda is exporting more cars than it imports.
I wrote about the opportunity to embrace “The New Domestics” as customers presented a business case analysis at a meeting of a number of PMPA member automotive focused parts producers in 2009. So, we were not surprised to see a small article in our local paper that American Honda is now exporting more vehicles than it imports. And our follow-up search turned up the fact that it is also the only manufacturer with three car lines selling more than 300,000 vehicles in 2013. According to Autofieldguide.com, Honda sold 366,678 Accords, 336,180 Civics and 303,904 CR-Vs.
When I was working for the steel company, we put multiple truckloads of high quality steel into Honda and its suppliers’ plants every week. High quality, high-tech, highly engineered steel.
We love foreign direct investment. We love the fact that Honda is paying the wages of about 13,700 employees here in Ohio. We love the fact that Honda is exporting more vehicles than it is importing.
And we love knowing that they are purchasing highly engineered, performance and safety critical components from PMPA members around the country.
Congratulations Honda. Congratulations U.S. manufacturing!
Does your business plan include the new domestics?