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Writing Capital Equipment Specifications

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Writing equipment specifications is a critical but often overlooked facet of every assembly project. Equipment specifications are a prelude to issuing RFQs and, with appropriate revisions, become part of the actual purchase order for the equipment.
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Assembly in Action: Nylon Manifold Debuts on Light-Truck Engine

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North America's first multishell, vibration-welded intake manifold debuted on Ford's 5.4-liter, two-valve engines on the 1999 Ford F-series 150 and 250 light trucks, Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators. This manifold also marks the first use of Zytel welding-enhanced PA 6,6 nylon resin.
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Process Planning

By John Sprovieri
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Basic questions about the product have to be addressed before requests for quotations (RFQs) are issued for an assembly project.
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The Eye of the Needle

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To maintain market leadership, Becton Dickinson had to reconfigure its operations to assemble new, more complicated medical devices--and do it quickly.
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Making Contact

By John Sprovieri
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Forming a satisfactory crimp depends on the right combination of wire, terminal and tool.
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Mix & Match

By Austin Weber
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Metering, mixing and dispensing multicomponent adhesives offers unique challenges and opportunities for assemblers. Various manual and automated methods are available.
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Assembly in Action: Alloy Compound Puts Sanding Tool in Orbit

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Thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) continue to find use among manufacturers of power tools and other industrial applications. An example of this is an overmolding application for a palm-sized sanding tool from National Detroit Inc. (Rockford, IL), a manufacturer of pneumatic hand-held sanders for industrial, autobody and woodworking applications.
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Assembly in Action: Holding Strong in the Face of Time

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For nearly a century, a four-faced, wooden clock had stood in front of Thorpe & Co. Jewelers (Sioux City, IA). However, after surviving natural wear and tear, two fires and a truck smashing into it, the clock needed refurbishing.
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Assembly in Action: The Old Grind Is Not What It Used to Be

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In-Sink-Erator (Racine, WI) follows the old adage that when your company name is synonymous with your product, you not only own a place in your customers' mind, you own a piece of the market. To serve this market, you must stay productive in spite of production challenges.
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Uncommon Sense: Back to School

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A company we know is sending its executives and managers back to school to learn accounting. Why? Because those execs and managers were making decisions without understanding the financial implications.
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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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