Note from the publisher

Assembly Automation

ISSN: 0144-5154

Article publication date: 1 December 2002



(2002), "Note from the publisher", Assembly Automation, Vol. 22 No. 4.



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2002, MCB UP Limited

Note from the publisher

Throughout 2003 Assembly Automation will continue to provide a central, authoritative and independent forum for the exchange of information pertaining to the automation of assembly operations. With a dedicated team of Associate Editors, Editorial Advisory Board members and regular contributors, the Editor and Publisher are confident that Assembly Automation will continue to deliver high quality, cutting edge papers.

If you have a paper that you would like to be considered for publication in Assembly Automation, then please contact Dr. Clive Loughlin at Clive will be pleased to hear from you if you have a state of the art technical paper, research paper, case study or review article that you would like publishing.

As an author, you can be sure that your work will be widely disseminated due to the international exposure to leading industrial and academic institutions via the Emerald database. Also, your work will be further disseminated through the indexing and abstracting services covering Sensor Review, which includes ISI (the full listing appears on the inside front cover of this issue).

The forthcoming themes for the 2003 volume of Assembly Automation are:

  • Issue 1 Bin Picking + Flexible gripping

  • Issue 2 Adhesives + Welding + Gluing

  • Issue 3 Machine Vision + Inspection

  • Issue 4 Rapid Prototyping + Rapid manufacturing

Electronic usage of Assembly Automation has continued to increase for the period May 2001 to April 2002. During this time the journal had over 48,000 visits on the homepage with users in the UK, North America, Malaysia and Australia accessing the most articles. The benefits of having an electronic archive are clear to see when we look at the most accessed article for this period. As we can see later, content from as far back as 1994 continues to be regularly accessed alongside more recent content:

Most accessed articles for the period May 2001 to April 2002

Kaizen – the many ways of getting betterG. WittenbergVolume 14 Issue 4

Statistical process controlR CaulcuttVolume 16 Issue 4

Modular reconfigurable flexible final assembly systemsJ. Heilala and P. VohoVolume 21 Issue 1

Automotive industry looks for lean productionA. KochanVolume 18 Issue 2

Intelligent assembly modeling and simulationS. K. Gupta, C. J. J. Paredis and R. SinhaVolume 21 Issue 3

The human interfaceA. DixVolume 14 Issue 3

Ford – Valencia: just in time and just on siteA. KochanVolume 17 Issue 1

Automation: crossing the final frontierP. FoxVolume 21 Issue 2

Product design enhancement by integration of virtual design and assembly analysis toolsA. C. K. Choi and P. Guda

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