Automotive Assembly

Assembly With Rivet Nuts

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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Lean Manufacturing and Flexible Assembly Are Ways of Life at Winnebago Industries

Lean production and vertical integration help the RV leader thrive.

"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

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

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

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

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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NLRB Rules Mercedes Violated Labor Laws

TUSCALOOSA, AL—A judge has ruled that the Mercedes-Benz assembly plant here violated labor laws while dealing with employees interested in forming a labor union.


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420 jobs, $66M auto plant coming to Michigan

WATERTOWN TOWNSHIP, MI—Automotive supplier Challenge Manufacturing Co. plans to spend $65.5 million to build a 430,000-square-foot assembly plant here, creating 420 jobs.


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Tesla to Add Robots to California Assembly Plant

FREMONT, CA—Tesla Motors Inc. has halted production at its assembly plant here for the first time as it adds robots to accelerate production of electric sedans and prepares to build its Model X sport-utility vehicle. The $100 million upgrade will add 25 robots with a goal of boosting production by 25 percent.


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Evana Automation Ships 24-station Assembly and Test System

EVANSVILLE, IN—Systems integrator Evana Automation Specialists has shipped a 24-station assembly and test system to a Tier 1 automotive supplier of driveline and drivetrain systems.


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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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Anyone even thinking about advanced power tools needs to pick the brain of Eric Dees. He’s the Global Lean Business Process Leader for Ingersoll Rand Power Tools and Category Manager for their Assembly Tools Business.

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