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Maintaining Quality as Things Get Smaller - Precision Automation

Photo Left: A laser aligned robotic device is used to provide precision measurements across multiple continuous surfaces of a cast and machined product made at Port City Group’s Port City Castings Corporation who manufactures high-pressure aluminum die-castings, mostly for the automotive industry, in Muskegon, MI, facility on Wednesday July 20, 2011. Port City Group boosted its employment by 12 percent over last year thanks to two Rural Business Guaranteed Loans totaling $9.6 million. In its 80,000 sq. ft. facility, machines that range from 800 – 1,600 tons, and cast A380 aluminum alloy products from melted ingots of aluminum, into automotive components of U.S.A. made vehicles. The process features a variety of robotic presses; computer controlled machining; quality control facility; and complete measurement and testing laboratory. In 2009 banks were backing out of loans for PCG equipment purchase agreements. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) loan guarantee helped make the loan possible with its guarantee. PCG obtained the needed robotic and other equipment. This resulted in a stable workforce that has since grown. When asked about their USDA experience, Port City Group Sales Manager Laura LaGuire said, “It was great! They were very helpful. Everything that came up was handled smoothly, the money came in place when it was needed, and it was a very smooth transition.” USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.

Recently, Intel released its new range of Quark processors aimed at wearable devices such as smart watches. These new chips are only one-fifth the size of Intel’s current smallest low-power chips. And as the chips feed the trend toward tinier devices, forward thinking manufacturers use precision automation to deliver the highest quality on even the tiniest devices. 

We’re ready for miniaturization. Jabil’s advanced robots build the newest generation of devices that are just too small to build by hand. Our automation expertise allows us to build some of the most sophisticated, most advanced automated solutions imaginable.



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