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Linear Motors Revolutionize Conveyance

Linear motor transport systems are entering the mainstream of assembly automation.
April 1, 2014

Linear motor pallet-transfer systems have been around for more than a decade.


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Laser Wire Stripping

Lasers are a clean-cut alternative to mechanical blades.
April 1, 2014

Metal blades are typically used to strip insulation from wire or cable. However, there is an alternative—lasers.


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Robots Empower Small Manufacturers

Advances in Cartesian robot technology are enabling small and midsized manufacturers to do more with less.
April 1, 2014

Once found mostly in high-volume manufacturing environments, robots are now being used in smaller organizations, and in a wider variety of applications.  


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The Cost of Spending Too Little

Is it possible that a lower cost option could be more expensive?
April 1, 2014

We’re all aware of the consequences of paying too much.


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Choosing Wire Terminals and Contacts

Wire terminals are available in a wide variety of designs.
April 1, 2014

Wires are rarely connected directly to an electrical or electronic assembly.


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Testing Automotive Wire Harnesses

Today’s testers can quickly perform continuity, hipot and component-specific tests on simple and complex harnesses.
April 1, 2014

 When watching an operator test an automotive wire harness, one is reminded of old-time photos and TV skits about telephone switchboard operators of the 1950s and 1960s. 


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New Technologies for Stud Welding

New technologies for stud welding are enabling assemblers to reduce energy costs and boost throughput.
April 1, 2014

These days, manufacturers of all stripes are taking a closer at their energy consumption as a potential source of cost savings—even manufacturers of the largest, most expensive products in the world.


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Snap Fits Enable Plastic Parts Assembly

With the proper design, snap-fit assembly ensures cost-effective, high-volume production of a wide range of parts.
April 1, 2014

To the casual observer, large piles of car parts are trash.


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Food Processing Industry Hungers for Automation

Hygiene demands and government regulations challenge engineers.
April 1, 2014

Food processing equipment features some of the most sophisticated automation around.


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Olympians Take 3D Printing to the Hilt

April 1, 2014

Participating in the Olympics provides an athlete with a lifetime of memories.


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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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Live from The Assembly Show, the hosts of Manufacturing Revival Radio sit down with Adam Malofsky, Ph.D., president and CEO of Bioformix to discuss his company’s innovative, energy-saving adhesives and polymers, which cure without the need for heat or light. 

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