(2010), "Web sites", Assembly Automation, Vol. 30 No. 4. https://doi.org/10.1108/aa.2010.03330dag.001
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Article Type: Web sites From: Assembly Automation, Volume 30, Issue 4
PISA is an integrated project of the European Union’s (EU) Sixth Framework Programme that deals with flexible assembly systems through workplace-sharing and time-sharing human-machine cooperation. Its overall goal is to keep human workers in the loop but to support them with powerful tools.
PISA’s web site provides a project overview which includes an interesting powerpoint presentation as well as links to the project’s nine inter-related subprojects.
There are also links to PISA’s European partners – four large companies, seven small and medium enterprises, and seven research institutions; publications from 2007-2009; and news, including the PISA final workshop.
UBC Industrial Automation Laboratory
This is the homepage of the Industrial Automation Laboratory (IAL) of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, at the University of British Columbia. The homepage features news highlights, news archives, and a QuickFind of various resources.
The IAL’s comprehensive web site contains descriptions on its: research in the areas of intelligent control, robotics including multi-robot cooperation, process automation, control system instrumentation (sensors and actuators), mechatronics including evolutionary design, and machine health monitoring; its people; facilities; gallery of photos and video of a lab tour; courses; publications; partners; awards; and sponsors.
Zeugma Factory Automation
Headquartered in Portugal, Zeugma is a provider of custom factory automation systems, assembly lines, robot cells, and automatic test systems for industries such as paper, packaging, automotive, electronics, consumer goods, aerospace, and food and biomedical.
This state-of-the-art web site is divided into four main areas. The factory automation link describes the assembly machines Zeugma has developed for the automotive, electric, and electronics industries. Additional pages within Factory Automation provide information on Zeugma’s Automated Assembly Line, Flexible Assembly Lines, Robot Cell, Palletizer Robots, Lean Station, Automatic Station, Test Systems, Industrial Machine Vision, and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)/Traceability software. There are also links to Zeugma’s markets, technologies, company, and careers.
The National Science Foundation Center for Advanced Vehicle and Extreme Environment Electronics (CAVE3) at Auburn University is a national center that is dedicated to working with industry to develop and implement new technologies for the packaging and manufacturing of electronics, with special emphasis on the cost, harsh environment, and reliability requirements of the vehicle industry.
The web site consists of detailed information on the center’s research; select research highlights; a list of publications (with a search tool); various communications including progress reviews, workshops, and newsletters; and a faculty and staff directory, and independent test services.
Heartland Robotics is a new startup located in Massachusetts launched Dr Rodney Brooks, one of the co-founders of iRobot Corp. Heartland Robotics is developing a new class of intelligent, autonomous, and co-assist robots for manufacturing applications to increase productivity and revitalize manufacturing.
Because the company in its infancy, the web site provides little information at this time. However, this promising and pioneering manufacturing-focused robotics company with a current US$12 million in funding, including $7million by Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos, is a site recommended to bookmark.