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Rotary vs. Linear Indexing

Suppliers complement their cam- and servo-driven systems with newer technologies like direct-drive indexers and precision-link conveyors.
By Jim Camillo
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BMW performs a lot of welding operations at its assembly plants, which are located throughout Europe and in South Carolina. Recently, the automaker hired The EDAG Group to develop a small-lot welding system for a European plant.


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New Techniques for Joining Plastic to Metal

Lightweighting trend drives engineers on quest to join dissimilar materials.
By Austin Weber
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If it rolls, floats or flies, light weight is always good. Just ask anyone who’s ever been in a Pinewood Derby competition.


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Harvard Engineers ‘Play’ With Self-Assembling Robots

By Austin Weber
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Engineers at Harvard University have developed a robot that assembles itself into a complex shape in four minutes and then crawls away without any human intervention. It was inspired by origami and a classic children’s toy.


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The ASSEMBLY Show Preview

Reshoring evangelists headline a comprehensive conference program for manufacturing engineers and managers.
By John Sprovieri
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Tim Hutzel will never forget the first time, back in 1995, that he walked the shop floor at Hamilton Caster & Manufacturing Co., a maker of industrial wheels, casters, carts and trailers in Hamilton, OH. Hutzel had just left his job as director of lean transformation at GE Aviation to strike out on his own as a consultant and lean guru. Hamilton Caster was his first customer.


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How to Specify Pneumatic Cylinders

Stroke length, force requirements, and operating environment are among the many considerations when specifying pneumatic cylinders.
By Jerry Walling
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Air cylinders are offered in a variety of industry standards. Within these standards, air cylinders come in an assortment of shapes, sizes and types.


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Pratt & Whitney Rethinks Jet Engine Assembly

An innovative product requires a new production philosophy.
By Austin Weber
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The bald eagle is a majestic symbol of power and freedom. It’s also the logo of one of America’s oldest aerospace manufacturers: Pratt & Whitney.


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Vermeer Gets Leaner With OEE

By Jim Camillo
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By the late 1940s, many U.S. manufacturers began creating and building products for the post-WWII economy.


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Linear Encoder Limits Variation of Plane Parts

By Jim Camillo
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Regardless of its size, an airplane part needs to be monolithic, with minimal dimensional variation. Such parts ensure better control of the aircraft’s final weight.


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Motor Drives Ensure Precise Label Placement

By Jim Camillo
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High among the achievements of NITA Labeling Equipment—a Quebec, Canada, manufacturer of pressure-sensitive labeling machines—is being named the Innovative Company of 2010 by the Industrial Research Association of Quebec.


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Harness-design software speeds racecar construction

By Jim Camillo
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Every summer since 1998, teams of college students from around the world have come to the United Kingdom to participate in the international Formula Student (FS) racing competition.


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Behind the Scenes at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant

People are the heart and soul of the 2012 Assembly Plant of the Year. This slideshow shows some of the men and women who build three different types of electrified vehicles alongside traditional gas-powered cars on the auto industry’s most flexible assembly line—Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, MI. Photos courtesy Ford Motor Co.

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Tim Hutzel, President, Tim Hutzel American Business Services and Dave Lippert, President, Hamilton Caster & Mfg. Co have deep and unique perspectives on reshoring. That’s the primary reason they’ve been invited to deliver the keynote address at 2014’s The ASSEMBLY Show.

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