Internet page

Assembly Automation

ISSN: 0144-5154

Article publication date: 1 June 2004




Rigelsford, J. (2004), "Internet page", Assembly Automation, Vol. 24 No. 2.



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2004, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Internet page

Keywords: Internet, Automation, Man/machine co-operation

http://www.franklinautomation.comFranklin Automation

Established in 1990, Franklin Automation delivers quality automation solutions for its customers. They are the sole US sales and service representatives for Anton Zahoransky GmbH and Co. of Germany who supply two- component molds, automatic brush making machines and form, fill, and seal packaging machines.

This is an excellent site, which is well worth visiting.

http://www.apexautomation.comApex Automation

Apex Automation provides a range of automation and assembly solutions to help improve manufacturing processes. They can design, fabricate, assemble, condition, and run your automated assembly machines. They have experience in bending, forming, control systems, drive systems, end-effectors, feeding systems, packaging systems, ultrasonic welding, and vision systems.

http://www.ficontec.comficonTEC GmbH

ficonTEC was established in June 2000 and is an integrated solution provider. They develop and manufacture highly customized, automated or semi-automated modular solutions for production and R&D environments. They specialize in micro assembly and test and measurement applications. ficonTEC can provide customised solutions for high precision positioning systems, complex motion control, precision mechanics, high resolution machine vision, material handling, process technology, test and measurement systems, and data acquisition.

This is another clearly presented site that is easy to navigate and is well worth visiting.


Sortimat was founded in Winnenden, Germany in 1959 to produce bowl feeders. They are a leading provider of medical assembly and pharmaceutical assembly systems for the manufacture of disposable medical products and pharmaceutical dispensing devices. They have over 350 employees worldwide and customers in over 40 countries.

An excellent site, which along with product information, incorporates the company's history with global events. It is also available in German.

http://www.ilryu.comIL RYU Industry Company

IL RYU Industry Company is a Korean-based distributor of factory automation equipment. Products they supply include: automation equipment and system design and fabrication; turnkey factory assembly and test systems; vacuum packaging systems; plate handling systems; automated wafer demounting; semiconductor process systems; and inspection, test and measurement systems.

An interesting site, which is severely limited as very few sections have been translated into English.

http://www.autoassembly.comAutomated Assembly Corporation

Automated Assembly provides and develops new technology that enables more reliable and cost effect methods of surface mount technology. They are a world-class leader in flex circuit technology who can ship prototype assemblies within 24h.

This is an easy to navigate site that contains plenty of corporate and product information.


GlobalSpec claims to be the world's largest database of technical products and services. The site includes a news letter, and powerful product and service finder tools and includes “guided tour” of how the facility operates.



Laboratory for Analysis and Architecture of Systems (LAAS) was established in 1969 to research automatic control and space applications and is associated with three university institutions in Toulouse. It is part of the French National Center for Scientific Research and reports to the Department of Science and Information and Communication Technologies.

The laboratory comprises 13 research groups that concentrate on four main areas of research: micro and nanosystems (MINAS); modeling, optimization and control of systems (MOCOSY); autonomous robots and systems (ROSA); and critical information processing systems (SINC).

An outstanding site that is easy to navigate and contains an immense amount of research information. This includes a paper “Learning and Cooperative Multimodal Humanoid Robots”. The site is available in both French and English.

http://www.sfb588.uni-karlsruhe.deCollaborative Research Center 588

The Deutsche Forschungs-gemeinschaft (DFG) established the Collaborative Research Center 588 “Humanoid Robots – Learning and Cooperating Multimodal Robots” in 2001. Over 40 scientists and 13 institutes are involved in this project. The aim of the center is to generate concepts, methods and concrete mechatronical components for a humanoid robot, which will be able to share his activity space with a human partner. The robot will have to have a humanoid shape, multimodality (speech, gesture and haptics), the ability to cooperate, and the ability to learn.

This is another excellent site that is clearly presented and is available in German and English. It contains details of publications, group members, and the project goals. The robot catalogue and current work sections are unfortunately still under development.

Jon Rigelsford

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