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Ergonomics and Fastening Tools Go Hand in Hand

Engineers must consider more than just design factors.
By Austin Weber
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Assemblers in many different industries depend on all sorts of pneumatic, DC electric and battery powered tools for a wide variety of fastening applications. Unfortunately, the devices are also the source of countless ergonomic headaches for manufacturing engineers.


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The yin and yang of standard work

By Dr. Mike Shipulski
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The value of standard work is clear: improved productivity and quality. With standard work, the process is well documented, its yield is high, its cycle time is rock solid, and everyone has been trained to do it. It worked well once, so we do it again and again.


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Kohler Excels at Manufacturing Small Gas Engines

Reliability in the field starts with quality on the assembly line.
By Austin Weber
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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

By Jim Camillo
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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

By Jim Camillo
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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

By Jim Camillo
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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

By John Sprovieri
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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.
By John Sprovieri
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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

By Jim Camillo
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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.
By Austin Weber
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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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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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