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Julia Ansley 2016-05-18
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Bilbyggaren Nevs be in the second half of the year, employing more than 200 people in Trollhättan.

- We will need a car builder and coach, says Mikael Östlund, head of communications at Nevs.

He states that production mainly is to produce painted bodies for electric version of the 9-3 model, which will then be shipped to China for final assembly.

Already have Nevs about 600 employees in Trollhättan.

At the end of the year will therefore be a matter of some 1 000 people, said Ostlund.

Nevs National Electric Vehicle Sweden bought the bulk of Saab Automobile's bankruptcy in 2012 and will supply electric cars to China.

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Gary Meyer 2019-10-17

The structure seen in the image below was built by the two robots using individual pieces called voxels.

The researchers working on the robots think that they may one day be able to construct complex objects, such as aircraft or structures on other planets, from multiple individual components.

The team says that while commercial aircraft are built in sections today at different locations and then brought together for final assembly, these robots may allow the final assembly to be the only stage of construction.

Image courtesy of Benjamin Jenett

The prototype version of the robots can assemble small structures and work as a team to build larger assemblies.

These are an alternative to the two common types of robots in use today.

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Terry Fulmer 2018-03-28

Bernstein analysts Max Warburton and Toni Sacconaghi argue Elon Musk is overusing automation, Business Insider reports, and that’s why Tesla is unable to scale as fast as it would like.

“Tesla has tried to hyper-automate final assembly,” the report states.

“We believe Tesla has been too ambitious with automation on the Model 3 line.

Few have seen it (the plant is off-limits at present), but we know this: Tesla has spent c.2x what a traditional OEM spends per unit on capacity.”

In addition to automating stamping, paint and welding, the report states, Tesla is also trying to automate the final assembly process, which entails the actual placement of parts into the cars.

“It talks of two-level final lines with robots automating parts sequencing,” the report states.

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Timothy Corn 2018-10-15
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Now the German sports car maker is turning its attention to full electric vehicles.

A couple of Mission E concepts have served as precursors to the Taycan production car that will arrive in showrooms by the end of 2019 to give the Tesla Model S a run for its money.

The Taycan is expected to pack more than 600 horsepower, be capable of hitting 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and have a roughly 300-mile drive range.

To make the Taycan a reality, Porsche is investing 6 billion euro, which in part has gone to constructing new facilities around its Zuffenhausen, Germany assembly campus that already builds the 911, 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman.

The new buildings include a body shop, paint shop and a more than half-mile conveyor system to transport painted Taycan shells to the final assembly line.

Going into the final assembly plant is a new construction process using Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) that's been under development over the past two and half years.

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Ben Gallagher 2016-08-26
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Workers at Pegatron, one of Apple's subcontractors in China, has consistently been working too much overtime report China Labor Watch.

China Labor Watch have released a very critical report on working conditions at Pegatron, one of the companies Apple uses to final assembly of the Iphone and other products.

The report reveals, among other things:

the Salary of workers is about sek 17 per hour, up from 15,7 sek in 2015.

in 2015, worked 62 percent of workers at least 82 hours of overtime each month.

An employee clocked in 109 hours of overtime.

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Issac Pierce 2021-03-30
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NASA has a spacecraft set to launch next year known as the Psyche spacecraft that will explore a metal-rich asteroid in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. NASA says that a major component of the Psyche spacecraft has been delivered to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California. The spacecraft is currently in the phase known as assembly, … Continue reading
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Cornelius Jones 2019-06-24
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A presentation slide entitled "How will be work" details the day's schedule upon a projection screen at the other end of the room.

This factory-floor fast-tracking runs in stark contrast to my Volvo S60 production line experience just two months ago in South Carolina.

Since the Beetle's inception in 1938, more than 23 million Bugs have crawled out of VW factories the world over, from Germany to Nigeria, Indonesia to Ireland and presently, Mexico.

My first task is to install the front bumper cover on a Stonewashed Blue Beetle headed to a Chinese customer.

That's not in the cards, though, so I go about my duties like a toddler navigating along the Brooklyn Bridge's railing.

For these men and women who work the line every day, proper component mounting is a matter of muscle memory.

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Katy Radcliff 2018-11-05

BGA Inspection is a necessary process that helps to find and remove the defects before final assembly.

BEST is performing this BGA Inspection, with the help of experienced hands via experts and technicians along with the advanced working system.

Here, we use X-ray that focuses on voiding levels in the solder joints as well as ensuring proper connections between the BGA component and the PCB.

For more about BGA Inspection read this blog.

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Ronald Gibson 2017-03-05
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Looking for fact-based and sober reading material, I found some unexpectedly astute literature, explaining in great detail what can go wrong at Tesla Motors: It is the company’s annual report Form 10-K, filed with the SEC last week.

Over the signatures of Elon Musk and CFO Jason Wheeler (who announced his sudden departure from Tesla a week before he signed the 10-K ) Tesla enumerates on 15 tightly-spaced pages the many obstacles standing in the way of Tesla’s success.

There may be more “risks and uncertainties not currently known to us.” 10-K usually are dry reading.

No alien dreadnought density and velocity to be seen so far, but don’t we assume that it’s right around the corner?

Soberly, Tesla states that its ambitious plan to build the Model 3 assumes “that we will be able to build and equip a new dedicated final assembly line for high volume production of Model 3 at the Tesla Factory without exceeding our projected costs and on our projected timeline.” I haven’t seen it mentioned in the 10-K that the building of this dedicated final assembly lines has been started.

Occasionally, He admits that he has zero experience in building a high volume production line, and he will learn that building a real car plant is infinitesimally harder than building a car.

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Angela Skipper 2019-07-01
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Apple is moving the manufacturing of its new Mac Pro computer to China from the US, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter.

The development comes as Apple, along with other manufacturers, was pressured to make their products in the US if they want to avoid tariffs.

An Apple spokesman said the new Mac Pro is designed and engineered in the US and includes components made in the country.

“Final assembly is only one part of the manufacturing process.”

(And yes, we’re serious about ethics and transparency.

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Dwight Black 2018-11-01
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Unless you have been living under a rock for the last 12 months, the following news will not be new to you - yet affecting your life tremendously, especially if you are working as an engineer or a supply chain manager: Back at the beginning of 2017, major manufacturers of ceramic chip capacitors began to realise that the demand for MLCCs was stronger than expected.

According to the MLCC: FY 2018 Global market Outlook, this situation has even intensified due to a rising demand for high capacitance MLCC, as next generation products in multiple segments were viewing MLCC in the 100, 220 and 330 range as standard parts.

The most cost effective solution had been and probably would continue to be for the next ten years; the stacking of ceramic, but anywhere that other dielectrics can be employed, demand will grow as manufacturers have no choice but to distance themselves from such a tremendous reliance on Ceramics.

Polymer electrolytic capacitors are mainly used in power supplies of integrated electronic circuits as buffer, bypass and decoupling capacitors, especially in devices with flat or compact design.

Especially the SP-CAPs and POS-CAPs with their small size factor and cubical form are the go to products when it comes to the replacement of MLCCs.

Capacitance Density / Stability vs. DC Bias

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Julie Romero 2019-10-28
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Instead, the ISS was assembled in space like a giant Lego set, using large modules that were delivered via multiple rocket launches over a 12-year period.

Today, robots are being used in a breadth of applications.

The people who build them promise that they will be able to carry out the dull, dirty, dangerous, and high-dollar jobs that humans are less suited for.

But while one robot may be useful, it’s increasingly teams of robots that offer a glimpse at where they may be at their most valuable.

At Columbia University in New York, Professor Hod Lipson and his team have developed a swarm of disc-shaped robots that can connect together to form a variety of different form factors.

Meanwhile, as part of NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts program, the renowned space agency is working on a project revolving around a group of robots called “cobots.” These cobots can work as a team to explore areas such as caves but also work together to make possible new types of locomotion.

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Johnny Ament 2019-07-03
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The Samsung Galaxy Fold has endured a troubled development period, as reviewers discovered major product defects shortly before its initial April launch.

Some of the defects include broken screens and a protective, non-removable screen layer that people peeled off.

Now, Bloomberg reports that Samsung has finally completed its redesign, citing people familiar with the matter.

The company has apparently tucked the protective screen layer into the foldable’s bezels, making it “impossible” for people to remove in the first place.

Samsung reportedly redesigned the Galaxy Fold’s hinge too, as it hopes to eliminate the crease that forms on the display when it’s in tablet mode.

More specifically, the hinge has been pushed “slightly upward from the screen (it’s now flush with the display) to help stretch the film further when the phone opens.”

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Calvin Zohn 2019-02-18
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Delta Air Lines is the first carrier in the Americas to operate the new Airbus A220 airliner.

Business Insider had the chance to experience the Delta A220's economy and first-class cabins.

We were thoroughly impressed by its style, comfort, roominess, and in-flight amenities.

This month, Delta Air Lines became the first airline in the Americas to operate the new Airbus A220 airliner.

The A220 is currently assembled in Mirabel in Quebec, Canada.

However, Airbus broke ground on a new A220 final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama, last month.

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Brad Patterson 2019-06-28
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Apple is manufacturing the new Mac Pro in China, marking a change from the previous Mac Pro that was made in the US.

Apple made the previous Mac Pro in Austin, Texas, beginning in 2013.

But with the new Mac Pro unveiled this month being made in China, Apple is "shifting abroad production of what had been its only major device assembled in the US as trade tensions escalate between the Trump administration and Beijing," The Wall Street Journal reported today.

"The tech giant has tapped contractor Quanta Computer Inc. to manufacture the $6,000 desktop computer and is ramping up production at a factory near Shanghai," according to the Journal's sources.

It’s really real: Apple unveils the all-new Mac Pro

Apple told the Journal that it designs and engineers the new Mac Pro in the US and that the computer includes some US-made components.

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Ralph Miller 2018-07-19
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Once more unto the breach, dear friends.

The BelugaXL, Airbus' whale of an aircraft, completed its first flight Thursday, soaring above southern France in a four-hour round trip from the company's headquarters in Toulouse.

Completed in April, the prototype BelugaXL is the first in a new generation of freighters that will replace the exiting BelugaST.

Like its predecessor, the BelugaXL can swallow entire fuselage sections and wings of smaller Airbus airliners from factories in Germany and the UK and carry them to final assembly in Toulouse.

Wearing an appropriately whale-themed paint job, the BelugaXL has a payload of 53 tons (6 more tons than the BelugaST), which will let it carry two Airbus A350 wings and the giant tail for the A380.

It can even fit the fuselage section for the A330, the aircraft on which the its bloated profile is based.

collect
0
Julia Ansley 2016-05-18
img

Bilbyggaren Nevs be in the second half of the year, employing more than 200 people in Trollhättan.

- We will need a car builder and coach, says Mikael Östlund, head of communications at Nevs.

He states that production mainly is to produce painted bodies for electric version of the 9-3 model, which will then be shipped to China for final assembly.

Already have Nevs about 600 employees in Trollhättan.

At the end of the year will therefore be a matter of some 1 000 people, said Ostlund.

Nevs National Electric Vehicle Sweden bought the bulk of Saab Automobile's bankruptcy in 2012 and will supply electric cars to China.

Terry Fulmer 2018-03-28

Bernstein analysts Max Warburton and Toni Sacconaghi argue Elon Musk is overusing automation, Business Insider reports, and that’s why Tesla is unable to scale as fast as it would like.

“Tesla has tried to hyper-automate final assembly,” the report states.

“We believe Tesla has been too ambitious with automation on the Model 3 line.

Few have seen it (the plant is off-limits at present), but we know this: Tesla has spent c.2x what a traditional OEM spends per unit on capacity.”

In addition to automating stamping, paint and welding, the report states, Tesla is also trying to automate the final assembly process, which entails the actual placement of parts into the cars.

“It talks of two-level final lines with robots automating parts sequencing,” the report states.

Ben Gallagher 2016-08-26
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Workers at Pegatron, one of Apple's subcontractors in China, has consistently been working too much overtime report China Labor Watch.

China Labor Watch have released a very critical report on working conditions at Pegatron, one of the companies Apple uses to final assembly of the Iphone and other products.

The report reveals, among other things:

the Salary of workers is about sek 17 per hour, up from 15,7 sek in 2015.

in 2015, worked 62 percent of workers at least 82 hours of overtime each month.

An employee clocked in 109 hours of overtime.

Cornelius Jones 2019-06-24
img

A presentation slide entitled "How will be work" details the day's schedule upon a projection screen at the other end of the room.

This factory-floor fast-tracking runs in stark contrast to my Volvo S60 production line experience just two months ago in South Carolina.

Since the Beetle's inception in 1938, more than 23 million Bugs have crawled out of VW factories the world over, from Germany to Nigeria, Indonesia to Ireland and presently, Mexico.

My first task is to install the front bumper cover on a Stonewashed Blue Beetle headed to a Chinese customer.

That's not in the cards, though, so I go about my duties like a toddler navigating along the Brooklyn Bridge's railing.

For these men and women who work the line every day, proper component mounting is a matter of muscle memory.

Ronald Gibson 2017-03-05
img

Looking for fact-based and sober reading material, I found some unexpectedly astute literature, explaining in great detail what can go wrong at Tesla Motors: It is the company’s annual report Form 10-K, filed with the SEC last week.

Over the signatures of Elon Musk and CFO Jason Wheeler (who announced his sudden departure from Tesla a week before he signed the 10-K ) Tesla enumerates on 15 tightly-spaced pages the many obstacles standing in the way of Tesla’s success.

There may be more “risks and uncertainties not currently known to us.” 10-K usually are dry reading.

No alien dreadnought density and velocity to be seen so far, but don’t we assume that it’s right around the corner?

Soberly, Tesla states that its ambitious plan to build the Model 3 assumes “that we will be able to build and equip a new dedicated final assembly line for high volume production of Model 3 at the Tesla Factory without exceeding our projected costs and on our projected timeline.” I haven’t seen it mentioned in the 10-K that the building of this dedicated final assembly lines has been started.

Occasionally, He admits that he has zero experience in building a high volume production line, and he will learn that building a real car plant is infinitesimally harder than building a car.

Dwight Black 2018-11-01
img

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last 12 months, the following news will not be new to you - yet affecting your life tremendously, especially if you are working as an engineer or a supply chain manager: Back at the beginning of 2017, major manufacturers of ceramic chip capacitors began to realise that the demand for MLCCs was stronger than expected.

According to the MLCC: FY 2018 Global market Outlook, this situation has even intensified due to a rising demand for high capacitance MLCC, as next generation products in multiple segments were viewing MLCC in the 100, 220 and 330 range as standard parts.

The most cost effective solution had been and probably would continue to be for the next ten years; the stacking of ceramic, but anywhere that other dielectrics can be employed, demand will grow as manufacturers have no choice but to distance themselves from such a tremendous reliance on Ceramics.

Polymer electrolytic capacitors are mainly used in power supplies of integrated electronic circuits as buffer, bypass and decoupling capacitors, especially in devices with flat or compact design.

Especially the SP-CAPs and POS-CAPs with their small size factor and cubical form are the go to products when it comes to the replacement of MLCCs.

Capacitance Density / Stability vs. DC Bias

Johnny Ament 2019-07-03
img

The Samsung Galaxy Fold has endured a troubled development period, as reviewers discovered major product defects shortly before its initial April launch.

Some of the defects include broken screens and a protective, non-removable screen layer that people peeled off.

Now, Bloomberg reports that Samsung has finally completed its redesign, citing people familiar with the matter.

The company has apparently tucked the protective screen layer into the foldable’s bezels, making it “impossible” for people to remove in the first place.

Samsung reportedly redesigned the Galaxy Fold’s hinge too, as it hopes to eliminate the crease that forms on the display when it’s in tablet mode.

More specifically, the hinge has been pushed “slightly upward from the screen (it’s now flush with the display) to help stretch the film further when the phone opens.”

Brad Patterson 2019-06-28
img

Apple is manufacturing the new Mac Pro in China, marking a change from the previous Mac Pro that was made in the US.

Apple made the previous Mac Pro in Austin, Texas, beginning in 2013.

But with the new Mac Pro unveiled this month being made in China, Apple is "shifting abroad production of what had been its only major device assembled in the US as trade tensions escalate between the Trump administration and Beijing," The Wall Street Journal reported today.

"The tech giant has tapped contractor Quanta Computer Inc. to manufacture the $6,000 desktop computer and is ramping up production at a factory near Shanghai," according to the Journal's sources.

It’s really real: Apple unveils the all-new Mac Pro

Apple told the Journal that it designs and engineers the new Mac Pro in the US and that the computer includes some US-made components.

Gary Meyer 2019-10-17

The structure seen in the image below was built by the two robots using individual pieces called voxels.

The researchers working on the robots think that they may one day be able to construct complex objects, such as aircraft or structures on other planets, from multiple individual components.

The team says that while commercial aircraft are built in sections today at different locations and then brought together for final assembly, these robots may allow the final assembly to be the only stage of construction.

Image courtesy of Benjamin Jenett

The prototype version of the robots can assemble small structures and work as a team to build larger assemblies.

These are an alternative to the two common types of robots in use today.

Timothy Corn 2018-10-15
img

Now the German sports car maker is turning its attention to full electric vehicles.

A couple of Mission E concepts have served as precursors to the Taycan production car that will arrive in showrooms by the end of 2019 to give the Tesla Model S a run for its money.

The Taycan is expected to pack more than 600 horsepower, be capable of hitting 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and have a roughly 300-mile drive range.

To make the Taycan a reality, Porsche is investing 6 billion euro, which in part has gone to constructing new facilities around its Zuffenhausen, Germany assembly campus that already builds the 911, 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman.

The new buildings include a body shop, paint shop and a more than half-mile conveyor system to transport painted Taycan shells to the final assembly line.

Going into the final assembly plant is a new construction process using Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) that's been under development over the past two and half years.

Issac Pierce 2021-03-30
img
NASA has a spacecraft set to launch next year known as the Psyche spacecraft that will explore a metal-rich asteroid in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. NASA says that a major component of the Psyche spacecraft has been delivered to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California. The spacecraft is currently in the phase known as assembly, … Continue reading
Katy Radcliff 2018-11-05

BGA Inspection is a necessary process that helps to find and remove the defects before final assembly.

BEST is performing this BGA Inspection, with the help of experienced hands via experts and technicians along with the advanced working system.

Here, we use X-ray that focuses on voiding levels in the solder joints as well as ensuring proper connections between the BGA component and the PCB.

For more about BGA Inspection read this blog.

Angela Skipper 2019-07-01
img

Apple is moving the manufacturing of its new Mac Pro computer to China from the US, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter.

The development comes as Apple, along with other manufacturers, was pressured to make their products in the US if they want to avoid tariffs.

An Apple spokesman said the new Mac Pro is designed and engineered in the US and includes components made in the country.

“Final assembly is only one part of the manufacturing process.”

(And yes, we’re serious about ethics and transparency.

Julie Romero 2019-10-28
img

Instead, the ISS was assembled in space like a giant Lego set, using large modules that were delivered via multiple rocket launches over a 12-year period.

Today, robots are being used in a breadth of applications.

The people who build them promise that they will be able to carry out the dull, dirty, dangerous, and high-dollar jobs that humans are less suited for.

But while one robot may be useful, it’s increasingly teams of robots that offer a glimpse at where they may be at their most valuable.

At Columbia University in New York, Professor Hod Lipson and his team have developed a swarm of disc-shaped robots that can connect together to form a variety of different form factors.

Meanwhile, as part of NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts program, the renowned space agency is working on a project revolving around a group of robots called “cobots.” These cobots can work as a team to explore areas such as caves but also work together to make possible new types of locomotion.

Calvin Zohn 2019-02-18
img

Delta Air Lines is the first carrier in the Americas to operate the new Airbus A220 airliner.

Business Insider had the chance to experience the Delta A220's economy and first-class cabins.

We were thoroughly impressed by its style, comfort, roominess, and in-flight amenities.

This month, Delta Air Lines became the first airline in the Americas to operate the new Airbus A220 airliner.

The A220 is currently assembled in Mirabel in Quebec, Canada.

However, Airbus broke ground on a new A220 final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama, last month.

Ralph Miller 2018-07-19
img

Once more unto the breach, dear friends.

The BelugaXL, Airbus' whale of an aircraft, completed its first flight Thursday, soaring above southern France in a four-hour round trip from the company's headquarters in Toulouse.

Completed in April, the prototype BelugaXL is the first in a new generation of freighters that will replace the exiting BelugaST.

Like its predecessor, the BelugaXL can swallow entire fuselage sections and wings of smaller Airbus airliners from factories in Germany and the UK and carry them to final assembly in Toulouse.

Wearing an appropriately whale-themed paint job, the BelugaXL has a payload of 53 tons (6 more tons than the BelugaST), which will let it carry two Airbus A350 wings and the giant tail for the A380.

It can even fit the fuselage section for the A330, the aircraft on which the its bloated profile is based.