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Kohler Excels at Manufacturing Small Gas Engines

Reliability in the field starts with quality on the assembly line.
June 3, 2014

Small gas engines are the lifeblood of the outdoor power equipment industry. They run all sorts of commercial and consumer devices, ranging from lawnmowers and generators to power washers and portable welders.


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CAD Configurator Speeds Assembly of Palletizer

June 3, 2014

All professors are teachers, but some are also entrepreneurs. Three of note are mechanical engineering professors Stephen L. Dickerson, Wayne Book and Nader Sadegh, who together founded CAMotion Inc. in 1997 while working at the Georgia Institute of Technology.


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Stencil Printer Enables EMS Provider to Increase PCB Production

June 3, 2014

Terneuzen, Holland-based Dethon Industrie specializes in assembling and testing custom PCBs for telecommunications, LED lighting, industrial applications, and ship-navigation and medical systems.


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Robots Assemble Circuit Breakers

June 3, 2014

In the world of assembly, ABB is known primarily for its leading-edge industrial robots. But, there’s much more to this multinational corporation, which operates 300 manufacturing plants in 100 countries, has nearly 150,000 employees, and reported global revenue of $42 billion in 2013.


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To Improve Your Designs, Listen to the Voice of the Customer

June 3, 2014

The late novelist John Le Carré once said, “A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.” As it turns out, what was good advice for spies is equally good for manufacturing and design engineers.


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Automotive Applications for Assembly Presses

There are myriad applications for assembly presses in the automotive industry.
May 1, 2014

Automotive assembly most often conjures up images of welding robots and electric nutrunners. But, another technology is just as important for assembling a wide range of automotive components—presses.


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Tier 1 Automotive Supplier Takes Smarter Approach to Part ID, Traceability

May 1, 2014

Smart cameras are a standard vision-inspection tool for manufacturers in the auto industry, whether they’re a lower tier supplier or one of the Big 3.


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Fuel Cells Get Ready for Prime Time

Engineers continue to tackle high-volume production challenges.
May 1, 2014

Many experts tout fuel cells as one of the cleanest forms of green energy, because the devices reduce CO2 emissions and provide greater energy efficiency than combustion engines.


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Solar Powers Plant Equipment and Sustainability

May 1, 2014

Rising energy costs are forcing manufacturers to seek innovative ways to optimize energy consumption.


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Electronics OEM Stays Current, Productive With Potting Compound

May 1, 2014

Mentor, OH-based IT Plastics specializes in potting and encapsulation of electronic assemblies, sensitive circuitry and devices for OEMs, engineers and product-design firms. Founded in the late 1980s, the company excels in applications requiring polyurethane materials.


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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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