Adhesives and adhesives-dispensing equipment play a major role in assembly operations, and thus our emphasis in this issue on meter/mix/dispense equipment in our features and the Application and End User Spotlight. We will also be exhibiting at ATExpo2, Booth #34024, and look forward to meeting many of you there.
Automatic dispensing is one of the primary equipment categories that U.S. manufacturers plan to invest in for assembly operations, according to the report, with 31 percent of the companies surveyed planning to spend an estimated $102 million in this area.
The hottest spending area for assembly equipment is multistation assembly systems, where 32 percent of all assembly operations say they plan to spend a total of $663 million. End-user demands for semiautomatic, single-station systems will hold steady in 1999, with 42 percent of the respondents saying they planned purchases in the coming year.
Substantial untapped growth opportunities exist for the robotics industry, especially in aerospace, appliances, automotive and electronics.
Following are some of the other key results of the report:
The report indicates that spending is being driven by OEM needs to increase productivity, improve product quality, reduce product lead time to market, launch new products and increase production capacity.
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