Automotive Assembly

Johnson Controls Opens New Crash Test Facility

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PLYMOUTH, MI—Johnson Controls has opened a new state-of-the-art crash test facility at its automotive seating headquarters here.


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GM to Halt Production at Lansing Assembly Plant

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LANSING, MI—General Motors Co.’s Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant will halt production for three weeks starting Aug. 18 due to lower than anticipated market demand for the luxury cars built there. Production is set to resume Sept. 8.


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Nissan Factory Is Top-Producing North American Assembly Plant

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SMYRNA, TN—Nissan’s assembly plant here is the top-producing automotive manufacturing plant in the North American industry so far this year. The plant’s two assembly lines have produced more than 334,000 vehicles.


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Part Marking Options

The best marking technology for an application depends on the materials, the production volume and other factors.
By John Sprovieri
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The wave of automotive recalls this year underscores the importance of putting identification codes on products. Without such codes, consumers would not know if their vehicles were safe, and automakers would not know where or when problem parts were made.


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Assembly With Rivet Nuts

New fastener and tool designs are increasing the utility of rivet nuts.
By John Sprovieri
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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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Lean Manufacturing and Flexible Assembly Are Ways of Life at Winnebago Industries

Lean production and vertical integration help the RV leader thrive.
By Austin Weber
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"The Music Man” takes place in a Midwestern hamlet called River City. The town that it’s based on is Mason City, IA, and the river that flows through it is the Winnebago. If you follow that river a few miles west, you’ll end up in Forest City, which is home to another American classic: Winnebago motor homes.


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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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Parts Supplier Exec Pleads Guilty to Price Fixing

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WASHINGTON—An executive from G.S. Electech Inc., a supplier to Toyota Motor Corp., has pleaded guilty to playing a role in an international conspiracy to rig bids and fix prices on auto parts, the U.S. Department of Justice said.


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Parts Shortage Forces GM to Cancel Shifts at Truck Factory

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FORT WAYNE, IN—An auto parts shortage has caused the cancellation of several shifts at GM’s truck assembly plant here.


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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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