This year's Robotics Conference, to be held June 9-10 in suburban Detroit, will examine bottom line issues such as cost justification for automating with robotics and manufacturing issues such as the variety of new applications for robots, says the Robotic Industries Association. Highlights include presentations from Pirelli Tire North America (www.us.pirelli.com), Nestlé (www.nestle.com), and Borg Warner (www.bwauto.com) about implementing robotics at these companies. For more information on the conference, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/3848-523.
Design collaboration now includes the entire value chain. From suppliers to customers, purchasing to outside experts, the collaborative design team includes internal and external groups. The design process now stretches across the globe in multiple software formats.
A new high-pressure injection-molding technology produces near-net shape parts with 2-inch-thick walls from high-performance materials like PEEK, PAI, and carbon-filled polymers. Parts show no voids, sinks, or porosity, have more consistent mechanical properties, and are stronger.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.