Tekmart Integrated Manufacturing Services restructures injection molding/contract facility in Mexico
Published: November 25th, 2013
As more manufacturing reshores from Asia to the NAFTA region, Mexico is seeing its share of a resurgence in its manufacturing industries, particularly in the three 'A's: automotive, aerospace and appliances. As those industries continue their rapid growth, the supply chain in Mexico becomes a critical factor in their success. Tekmart Integrated Manufacturing Services, a contract manufacturer in Juarez, Mexico, across the Rio Grande from El Paso, TX, has announces a ramping up and restructuring of operations there to meet the ever-increasing demand.
Published: November 22nd, 2013
Work is on the rise in China, but it doesn't involve humans. On a recent trip to China, our Automotive Editor and Asia-Pacific Correspondent Stephen Moore read in the local China Daily that Zhejiang Province, a manufacturing hub that neighbors the commercial capital of Shanghai, would invest a "staggering $82 billion over the next five years to encourage manufacturers to adopt more robots; this in order to overcome the short supply and high cost of labor that currently prevails in the coastal areas of China."
Published: November 18th, 2013
While on a recent trip to China, I read in the local China Daily that Zhejiang Province, a manufacturing hub that neighbors the commercial capital of Shanghai, would invest a staggering $82 billion over the next five years to encourage manufacturers to adopt more robots; this in order to overcome the short supply and high cost of labor that currently prevails in the coastal areas of China.
Published: November 15th, 2013
November 15 is an especially great day for PlasticsToday. Why? Well, it's the first official day for our new Senior Editor, Norbert Sparrow.
Published: November 14th, 2013
Dusseldorf - At K 2013, Sepro Robotique showcased new multi-inject robots in two different sizes for injection molding machines up to 500T. These robots are targeting multi-material injection molding applications where the secondary vertical injection unit would interfere with movement of a standard beam robot.
Published: November 13th, 2013
Global contract manufacturer Flextronics International Ltd. announced that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of RIWISA AG's state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities located in Hagglingen, Switzerland and its employees in medical, consumer packaging and industrial products. With the close of the acquisition, Flextronics broadens its precision injection molding and high-speed automation offerings, according to a release from Flextronics.
Published: November 13th, 2013
U.S. Manufacturing Technology orders for the month of September totaled $397.57 million, according to The Association for Manufacturing Technology, in the latest USMTO survey of participating companies. That figure was up 5.8% from August but down 31.1% when compared with the total of $577.17 million for September 2012, and down 11.3% year-to-date ($3,507.71 million) compared with the same period 2012.
Published: October 28th, 2013
Operating automated production cells doesn't always have to be rocket science, as KraussMaffei recently demonstrated at the K Show in Düsseldorf. Its new MC6 control system for integrating the robot user interface into the machine control system is "straightforward and intuitively designed," said Frank Peters, VP of sales at KraussMaffei.
Published: October 27th, 2013
PlasticsToday attempted to track down the K Show's fastest robot last week in Dusseldorf, and we think we found it. A souped-up version of Yushin Precision Equipment's HSA series servo traverse take-out robot with a cycle as fast as 0.23 seconds. The HGSA-150 robot was demonstrated removing approximately 1-g parts from a 16-cavity tool.
Published: October 20th, 2013
A cycle time of sub-two seconds for a rigid package in a four-cavity tool is impressive in anyone’s books but when that cycle time also includes an in-mold labeling step, it’s surely swift. Such a process is being demonstrated at the Stork booth (13/D72).