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New fastener and tool designs are increasing the utility of rivet nuts.

Automakers are increasingly using hydroformed metal tubing in vehicular structures. Compared with stamped and welded metal parts, hydroformed parts weigh less, cost less, and have a higher stiffness-to-weight ratio.


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Boeing to Build Stretch 787 in SC

SEATTLE—Boeing will build the longest version of the 787 Dreamliner exclusively at its assembly plant in North Charleston, SC.


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Boeing Gets OK to Expand in South Carolina

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC—Boeing may now proceed with development of almost 500 acres near its assembly plant here. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approved the aerospace company’s plans to offset the loss of wetlands at the site by preserving nearly 4,000 acres near the Francis Marion National Forest northeast of Charleston.


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Boeing to Deploy Robots on Assembly Lines

EVERETT, WA—Boeing may deploy robots on its airplane assembly lines as early as next year. The company has been testing its Fuselage Automated Upright Build technology in secret over the past year and has found success drilling rivet holes on 777 fuselages. Boeing believes the FAUB will improve workplace safety and production speed.


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Chinese Hackers Allegedly Hit Boeing, Get Data on Military Planes

SEATTLE—A Chinese citizen was charged with plotting to steal data from U.S. defense contractors, including a successful hack of Boeing’s computer system, amid an expanding crackdown on industrial espionage by China.


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China Prepares to Enter Commercial Airplane Market

SHANGHAI—Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China has opened a cavernous assembly plant near the airport here that will soon produce a rival to the Boeing 737 and the Airbus A320.


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Train Derailment Dumps Boeing Jet Fuselages Into River

RIVULET, MT—Boeing Co. has sent technicians to the site of a train derailment here that dumped six 737 fuselages and other aircraft components into a Montana river as they were being transported to a Washington state assembly plant.


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Oakland University Focuses on Fastening and Joining Research

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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Boeing Awards Bonuses to Carolina Assemblers

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC—Boeing has awarded bonuses to workers at its assembly plant here for catching up to production targets.


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Researchers Develop New Ultrastiff, Ultralight Material

CAMBRIDGE, MA—Engineers at MIT and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have developed a new ultrastiff, ultralight material. Based on repeating microscopic units, the material has record-breaking stiffness at low density.


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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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