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The ASSEMBLY Show Preview

Some 200 exhibitors will display the latest technologies at this year’s ASSEMBLY Show.

The new, compact C4 six-axis robot from EPSON Robots can perform a standard cycle—move a part 1 inch up, 12 inches across, 1 inch down, and back again—in just 0.37 second. 


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Fasteners vs. Vibration

Manufacturers rely on specialty bolts, nuts and threadlockers to keep fasteners tight and immune to vibration.

Every year, fans of the Winter X games see snowmobile racers battle the elements and the laws of gravity to perform amazing feats—including long distance jumps and double back flips. What the fans don’t see is the ongoing battle between fasteners and vibration within every bolted joint of the snowmobile.


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Wire Harnesses for Appliances

Wire harnesses for appliances must be designed to resist heat, vibration, water, chemicals and other factors.


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What’s New With Applicators

New technology solves age-old wire crimping problems.


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Iconn Perfects Custom Cable Assembly

Engineering expertise and skilled assemblers help iCONN Systems LLC carve its own niche in the overmolded cable assembly marketplace.


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Manufacturing Is Vital for Economic Growth

There’s a lot a country can do to secure more making jobs.

I’m not an economist, but it’s clear to me that if I were a country, I’d want my economy to be grounded on the bedrock of making.


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Shedding Light on the Plastic Staking Process

Infrared staking ensures tight assemblies, stress-free joints and cosmetic surfaces.

Heat staking is a well-known method of heating and forming a molded plastic stud or boss to secure another component.


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Automation Helps Productivity Take off at Boeing

Sophisticated motion control systems ensure safety and productivity on the Dreamliner assembly line.

Manually assembling small parts isn’t that difficult. Inserting a screw into a hole or a wire into a connector is simply a matter of hand-eye coordination. Assembling larger parts, like, say, the multiton fuselage sections of a jetliner, is whole other matter.


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2014 Assembly Plant of the Year

Assembly Plant of the Year: STIHL Stays a Cut Above the Competition

Flexible assembly lines and vertical integration thrive in Virginia Beach.

What do lumberjacks, landscapers and homeowners have in common? They all rely on chain saws, trimmers and leaf blowers produced by STIHL Group.


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Robot Transfer Unit Adds Flexibility to Machining Production

Methods Machine Tools has built top-notch automation equipment in North America since the late 1950s. It has seven regional technical centers across the United States, including one in Wixom, MI, that focuses on automotive applications.


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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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Anyone even thinking about advanced power tools needs to pick the brain of Eric Dees. He’s the Global Lean Business Process Leader for Ingersoll Rand Power Tools and Category Manager for their Assembly Tools Business.

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