Coverage of the Automotive News PACE Award finalists in recent weeks contained several errors.
The Fanuc Robotics photo on Page 17 of the Feb. 21 issue was printed incorrectly. It is reprinted at right.
In addition, the description of the Fanuc technology contained inaccuracies. A revised version:
Custom fixturing that must be set up in a fixed position on the assembly line has long been one of the choke points for flexible assembly. Fanuc's programmable, compact F-100 Flexible Positioner provides the adaptability to build multiple platforms and body styles on the same line. The F-100 does this by changing the position of the locators and clamps during the parts transfer. The ability to use the same end-of-arm tooling to locate different parts in the same station saves floor space and money.
The description of Rieter Automotive Systems on Page 34 of the Feb. 28 issue contained inaccuracies. A corrected version follows:
Vehicle engineers trying to control noise have tended to use tried-and-true products over large areas of car and truck assemblies, mainly through insulation. Now, Rieter Automotive has introduced a new acoustic system approach, called Rieter Ultra Light. The key to this approach is shifting the emphasis from insulation to absorption and the application of a new class of tuned, multilayer composites and lightweight materials developed by Rieter.
Using these lightweight materials in the context of acoustics integration is estimated to save between 22 and 66 pounds per car, compared with traditional systems.
In addition, noise and vibration are managed more precisely. The Rieter Ultra Light system is used in the new Chrysler minivans and the new Fiat Punto as well as on several other platforms being developed in Europe and North America.
The summary of Siemens Automotive's KeylessGo system on Page 34 of the Feb. 28 issue contained an incomplete sentence. The full sentence: Unlocking occurs as the driver pulls the door handle; the car can then be started with just the touch of a button.