AUTOMATION Westinghouse Electric continues its research project into automated assembly lines. The Company has been awarded $1.4 million by the U.S. National Science Foundation to carry on its work. The project aims at producing a computer‐controlled assembly line to make small motors using a batch manufacturing method. The system is to include robot arms and other hardware of a sensory nature, including the use of vision. The Westinghouse development is well advanced and an assembly line is expected to be in operation, complete with both hardware and software, by the earlier 1980s.
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