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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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Daimler, Nissan to Built $1.36 Billion Assembly Plant in Mexico

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AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico—Daimler and Renault-Nissan Alliance have agreed to jointly build a new assembly plant here. The two companies will equally divide the $1.36 billion cost of building the facility, which is expected to employ 5,700 workers and be able to produce 300,000 vehicles annually.


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BMW to Build Assembly Plant in Mexico

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MEXICO CITY—BMW will unveil plans this week to build a new assembly plant in Mexico, as the company seeks to meet growing demand for premium cars.


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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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Adhesives Aid Body-in-White Assembly at VW

By Jim Camillo
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Although a global leader in mechanical and plant engineering, Dürr AG isn’t one to rest on its laurels. So in 2010 it acquired two adhesive technology companies (Rickert and Kleinmichel) to increase Dürr’s expertise in automotive body-in-white gluing technology.


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Automotive head-up displays reduce driver distractions

By Austin Weber
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The auto industry has a long history of borrowing ideas from the aerospace sector, ranging from aerodynamic styling to lightweight materials. The latest adoption is head-up display (HUD) technology, which was originally developed for fighter jets.


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Automotive Tech Consortium Debuts New OS

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DETROIT—The Open Automotive Alliance, a consortium of automotive OEMs and technology providers like Google, has launched a new, automotive-specific operating system—Android Auto.


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Volvo Trucks to Invest $69 Million in Virginia Assembly Plant

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DUBLIN, VA—Volvo Trucks North America says it will invest $69 million in improvements at its New River Valley plant in Dublin.


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Assembler Sues Toyota After Being Fired for Drug Use

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BUFFALO, WV—A former employee at the Toyota assembly plant here is accusing the company of wrongly firing her for seeking medical leave to address her methamphetamine problem.


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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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