Assembly Automation: Volume 21 Issue 1


The international journal of assembly technology and management

Table of contents

Modular reconfigurable flexible final assembly systems

Juhani Heilala, Paavo Voho

Market turbulence forces assembly plants to constantly adjust their production volume of products, variants and quantities. At the same time, assembly plant managers must…


Machine safety with fieldbus

Richard Piggin, Ken Young

Standards have restricted the use of networks and programmable electronics in safety‐related applications. New standards have released technology to enable improvements in…

PC‐based control reduces RF cage manufacturing times by 80 per cent

Geoff Hodgkinson

Using the PC‐based control system 4CONTROL, the manufacture of RF cages for radio frequency instruments at Rohde & Schwarz in Germany has been almost completely automated…

AGVs find their way to greater flexibility

Brian Rooks

The automated guided vehicle (AGV), one of the popular new technologies of the 1980s, is now seen more as a part of automated handling systems not a standalone concept. It…


Trends in precision motion control

Eliza Rawlings

Discusses current trends in the application of motors and drives by OEM users. Networks such as CAN and SERCOS are expanding rapidly and being controlled by…

Laser welding adapts to non‐linear tailored blanks

Anna Kochan

Reports on a new laser welding facility installed by Corus for making complex tailored blanks for the automotive industry. Describes the production of laser welded…

Modular assembly: more a process than an engineering technique

William Bourn

Describes the commercial and technical benefits of using a modular approach to system automation. Written by a supplier of modular automation systems.

Modeling the component assignment problem in PCB assembly

M.T. Sze, P. Ji, W.B. Lee

This paper studies a production planning problem in printed circuit board (PCB) assembly. A PCB assembly line has several non‐identical placement machines, so the…

Workpiece retention during machine processing

Gareth Monkman

Discusses the failings of conventional fixturing systems such as jigs and clamps and describes how electrorheological fluids can be used for flexible fixturing and…




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1980 – 2022

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