Medical Devices Assembly

Hoffmann on Testing

Don’t be Dazzled by Claims of Superior Testing Software

If someone tells you his leak test system is superior because of its control software, kick the tires, so to speak. In many, if not most, applications, it is the hardware, not the software, that makes or breaks the ability to get high throughput without compromising gauge R&R.

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Four Assembly Plants Among IW’s “Best Plants”

CLEVELAND—Four North American assembly plants are among the six factories named as Industry Week magazine’s “Best Plants.” The six factories are Boston Scientific (Maple Grove, MN); Cessna Mexico (Chihuahua, Mexico); L.B. Foster Rail Technologies Corp. (Vancouver, BC); General Cable Corp. (Marion, IN); The Raymond Corp. (Greene, NY); and T&S Brass and Bronze Works (Travelers Rest, SC).

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How to Respond to FDA Form 483

Manufacturers must react promptly or they risk getting a Warning Letter.

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Leak Testing Aluminum Castings

Helium-based leak detectors can quickly find even microscopic leaks in cast aluminum components.

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Medical Furniture Manufacturer Sets Up Shop in Mississippi

PLANTERSVILLE, MS—OptimComfort Inc., a manufacturer of medical furniture, is moving to a new assembly plant here, creating 70 jobs over the next three years.

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Medical Device Manufacturer Expands in Tennessee

JACKSON, TN—Orchid Orthopedic Solutions will invest $2.1 million to expand its assembly plant here. The company also plans to create 35 new jobs.

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Capital Spending Survey: Assemblers Continue Investing

With the automotive and aerospace industries humming, our annual Capital Equipment Spending Survey predicts robust growth in investment.

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Functional Testing Moves Upstream

New tools allow engineers to conduct in-process verification.

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GE to Build Advanced Manufacturing Facility in Pennsylvania

FINDLAY TOWNSHIP, PA—GE will invest $32 million to build a new facility here to drive innovation and implementation of advanced manufacturing technologies across the company. The facility will initially employ 50.

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Shedding Light on the Plastic Staking Process

Infrared staking ensures tight assemblies, stress-free joints and cosmetic surfaces.

Heat staking is a well-known method of heating and forming a molded plastic stud or boss to secure another component.

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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.


 Live from The ASSEMBLY Show, Bob Wood, president of ECI Spinnomatic, talks about his company’s newest product: a fully automated riveting cell equipped with a rotary indexing table, a six-axis robot, an orbital forming unit, and laser sensors. 

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Welding: Principles & Practices

This text introduces students to a solid background in the basic principles and practices of welding.

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