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Hose Reels Are Key to Success in Trailer Manufacturing

By Jim Camillo
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A love for farming and serving farmers are what drove husband and wife Loren and Jean Van Wyk to found LDJ Manu-facturing in Pella, IA, in 1995.


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Vision System IDs Part Codes Superfast

By Jim Camillo
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Product traceability is essential for every automotive supplier, regardless of its specialty. International supplier Continental Automotive Group, for example, requires traceability of all of its products, including parts for brake systems, power trains, chassis, tires and vehicle electronics.


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Help Manufacturers Reshore Production

By John Sprovieri
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Good news: America is now luring as many factory jobs back from overseas as it’s losing to continued offshoring. That’s the assessment of the Reshoring Initiative, a nonprofit group that encourages companies to move work back to the United States.


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3D Printing Myths and Methods

Engineers are intrigued by the potential of this next-generation technology.
By Austin Weber
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Depending on who you listen to, 3D printing (or, as it’s more formally known, additive manufacturing) is either the biggest thing to hit the manufacturing world since the screw or the biggest tech fad since the fax machine. It’s actually a little of each.


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Dispensing for Automotive Applications

Automakers have myriad options for dispensing adhesives, sealants, oils and coatings.
By Claude Bergeron
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Automotive manufacturers are using more adhesives, sealants, oils, and coatings than ever before. For example, today’s vehicles typically contain as much as 40 pounds of adhesive.


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Wire Harness Recycling

Toyota has developed a new technology for recycling the copper contained automotive harnesses.
By John Sprovieri
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By some estimates, approximately 40 years’ worth of mineable copper resources remains worldwide. At the same time, global consumption is growing, driven particularly by infrastructure-related demand for wiring in emerging markets.


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Special Report: State of the Profession 2014

By Austin Weber
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"Happy Days Are Here Again” was a popular song back in the 1930s. Assemblers in many industries have been singing an updated version of the tune lately, because the new golden age of American manufacturing has begun.


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Oakland University Focuses on Fastening and Joining Research

By Austin Weber
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Oakland University is located a few minutes away from Chrysler’s corporate headquarters in Auburn Hills, MI. So, it’s appropriate that the school is home to the Fastening and Joining Research Institute (FAJRI), the only facility of its kind in the world.


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Robotic Assembly of Automotive Wire Harnesses

New research suggests that six-axis robots can be used to install automotive wiring harnesses.
By Xin Yang
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Multi-axis robot arms perform a wide variety of processes in automotive assembly plants, including painting, welding and fastening.


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Feeding Nuts and Unconventional Fasteners

Custom design and advanced technology enable feeders to handle a wide range of threaded, nonthreaded and odd-shaped fasteners.
By Jim Camillo
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Screws aren’t the only fasteners that can be fed to fully or semiautomatic installation tools. Nuts, setscrews and other fasteners—both threaded and unthreaded—can be fed automatically, too.


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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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Tim Hutzel, President, Tim Hutzel American Business Services and Dave Lippert, President, Hamilton Caster & Mfg. Co have deep and unique perspectives on reshoring. That’s the primary reason they’ve been invited to deliver the keynote address at 2014’s The ASSEMBLY Show.

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