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Automated Welding And Cutting Systems

Lincoln Electric is a supplier of advanced robotic systems that can be fully automated for virtually any welding process or application – ranging from MIG, TIG or spot welding – to vision-based systems for material handling, machine tending, palletizing, dispensing and more. Benefits include reduced de-bug analysis during the system build and validation of cycle time projections for complex systems. We also have a complete, modern machine shop and a dedicated tool building group, capable of producing precision-machined components and subassemblies to specifications. This capability eliminates the need to contract with third party machining houses to build line components, reducing opportunity for miscommunication as well as final system costs. The result is optimized system performance leading to high part yield and quality. Tubular fabricated components have become the ideal engineered solution for an ever increasing number of applications and markets – ranging from automotive and appliance, to HVAC, refrigeration, steel furniture and more. Our servo transfers and press automation systems can enhance operational flexibility and performance. Adding automated die transfer or other press automation capability to a new or existing press is an attractive and viable option that can significantly reduce the total capital outlay compared to other alternatives. Today’s servo-based transfer automation for transfer dies is modular and programmable and can be added to virtually any press while maintaining the ability to run coil fed dies when required. The resulting ‘multi-purpose’ system gives the press shop a new dimension of flexibility and becomes a valuable tool that can aid profitability and growth. Hydroforming is a cost-effective way to shape metal into strong and lightweight components. The use of tubular hydroformed components in automotive applications worldwide is increasing with each new model launch. Frames, structural members and suspension components made using the hydroform process provide greater rigidity and strength compared to their traditionally welded counterparts. Component shapes can be optimized for form or function. Reinforcing components or additional bracket elements can often be eliminated, allowing for simplified assembly, better fit up and higher quality in the finished vehicle.

Keywords: [“component”,”system”,”automation”]

Industrial Automation: Brief History and Use in Manufacturing

We empower shippers with technology and automation tools to make the shipper more efficient. That is why we also have an interest in not only talking about manufacturing trends and issues, as our customers are manufacturers, but about such great technologies as industrial automation. Today’s post will focus on the brief history of Industrial Automation, what is Industrial Automation, the current state, and the near future of what industrial automation holds. Many industrial automation companies were founded with innovative developments for niche applications. Since automation is such a fragmented business, all the larger companies are mostly a conglomeration of products and services; each product segment generates relatively small volume, but lumped together they form sizable businesses. The term automation, inspired by the earlier word automatic, was not widely used before 1947, when General Motors established the automation department. The real race to automate manufacturing can be said to have begun in the 1980s, when US car manufacturers came up with the vision of “Lights-out” manufacturing. Industrial automation in manufacturing is the use of “Intelligent” machines in factories so that manufacturing processes can be carried out with minimal human intervention. Industrial automation can be achieved by several different means, including mechanical, electrical, electronic, hydraulic, pneumatic, and computers. The main benefits of manufacturing automation include leaner operation processes that require less energy, less material, and reduced labor waste. What is the Current State of Industrial Automation in Manufacturing? With the rapid development and proliferation of microcomputer and software technologies, automation in manufacturing is almost totally dependent on the capabilities of computers and software to automate, optimize and integrate the various components of the manufacturing system. Due to this dependence, automation in manufacturing is called computer integrated manufacturing. Although industrial automation in manufacturing in not without its detractors, its future looks very bright. Thanks to industrial automation of manufacturing, the factory of the future will be more efficient in the utilization of energy, raw material and human resources.

Keywords: [“automation”,”manufacturing”,”industrial”]

Agile-Friendly Test Automation Tools/Frameworks

Several people have asked me recently why I’m not a fan of the traditional test automation tools for Agile projects. Test analysts design and document the tests Test executors execute the tests and report the bugs Developers fix the bugs Test executors re-execute the tests and verify the fixes time passes Test automation specialists automate the regression tests using the test documents as specifications. Agile teams need tools that support starting the test automation effort immediately, using a test-first approach. 00″). The essence of the test was to verify that ordering 6 items at $7 each results in a shopping cart total of $42. But because the script has a mixture of expectations and UI-specific details, we end up with a whole bunch of extraneous implementation details obfuscating the real test. Of course, there are teams that have poured resources, time, and effort into creating maintainable tests using traditional test automation tools. The traditional heavyweight test automation tools are optimized for record-and-playback, not for writing maintainable test code. Traditional QA departments working in a traditional waterfall/phased context, and automating tests, usually have a dedicated team of test automation specialists. Many “Black-box” testers don’t code, don’t want to code, and don’t have the necessary technical skills to do effective test automation. Agile teams increase their effectiveness and efficiency by breaking down silos, not by creating test automation superheroes. Less fun for test automation superheroes, but much more sensible for teams that actually want to get stuff done. Support starting the test automation effort immediately, using a test-first approach. Support writing test automation code using real languages, with real IDEs. Unlike the traditional test automation workflow where manual tests are translated into automated tests, here there is no wasteful translation of one artifact into another. That’s the bottom line: Traditional test automation tools don’t work for an Agile context because they solve traditional problems, and those are different from the challenges facing Agile teams. In the Links section of the AA-FTT Yahoo! group, you’ll find a list of Agile-related test automation tools and frameworks.

Keywords: [“test”,”Tool”,”automation”]