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Forward Thinking: Build or Buy? When to Outsource

Among manufacturers of electronic products, few have been as vertically integrated as Fluke Corp. Arial change; Fluke now outsources many aspects of production. To get some insight into how electronics manufacturers make “build-or-buy” decisions, we spoke with David Gunderson, a project manager with Fluke Networks.
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Assembly Innovations:

The U.S. Air Force wanted an adhesive for temporarily attaching small test packages to the exterior of a jet without fasteners. EIC Laboratories Inc. came up with a solution: a high-strength adhesive that disbonds from a metal surface when an electrical current passes through it.
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Assembly in Action: Polymer Improves Durability of Industrial Flashlight Lens

Rayovac Corp. (Madison, WI) carefully selects the materials that make up its industrial flashlights, because industrial and construction workers purchase flashlights based on their ability to withstand harsh conditions.
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Fastening: How Tight Is Tight?

How you measure torque can affect your perception of how well your fastening tools perform. This article reviews methods for measuring the torque produced by a tool before, during and after fastening.
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Robotics: Microassembly Automation

Tabletop precision assembly systems are poised to move out of the lab and onto the plant floor. Agile assembly architectures promise to help manufacturers use these systems as minifactories for automated assembly of small products.
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Uncommon Sense: The Old ROI Ain’t What It Used to Be.

The Old ROI Ain’t What It Used to Be.
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Editorial: Why not engineering?

Regardless of the recent plague of layoffs, many U.S. manufacturers are still faced with a serious shortage of qualified engineers.
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Assembly in Action: Urethane Gets in the Groove

Round drive belts tend to slip as they reach maximum load capacity. Struggling with this occurrence, Dura-Belt Inc. (Hilliard, OH) chose Stevens Urethane's (Holyoke, MA) thermoplastic polyurethane for its groove sleeve. The substance enables the groove sleeve to increase the load-bearing capacity on industrial conveyors.
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Writing and Evaluating Proposals

Suppliers of automated assembly systems agree that the more information they have up front, the more accurately they can estimate the cost of a project and the better they can serve their customer, the assembler.
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Assembly in Action: Low-Voc Cleaning Fluid for Conformal Coating Equipment

The Motorola facility in Elma, NY produces over 1 million parts annually, supplying electronic modules to some of the largest automotive manufacturers in the world. Depending on the type of unit installed, its circuits could control one or more operations, such as interior lights or power windows, door locks, seats and seat heating.
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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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This text introduces students to a solid background in the basic principles and practices of welding.

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