- SPECIAL REPORTS
CLEVELAND—ASG, a manufacturer of fastening equipment for the assembly market, has become the exclusive North American distributor for Fiam air tools.
PHILADELPHIA—Naval Sea Systems Command has completed a fleetwide fastener study, identifying and recommending the removal of thousands of fasteners from the Navy supply system. The review identified 108,000 dormant fasteners—fasteners with no contract, requisition or maintenance history in the past five years—and 3,200 duplicate fasteners where two or more identical fasteners had different stock numbers.
Independence, OH—The Industrial Fasteners Institute has published two new reference books on fastening: Mechanical Fastening and Joining, by Bengt Blendulf, and Torque Book for Fasteners, by Joe Greenslade.
A growing number of manufacturers are moving from air tools to electric tools and from corded electric tools to cordless tools.
On May 22, 2012, after eight years of preparation, Space Exploration Technologies (better known as SpaceX) launched the Dragon spacecraft atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The spacecraft traveled more than 200 miles to reach its destination: the International Space Station (ISS).
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Robotic screwdriving offers numerous advantages to manufacturers, such as flexibility and repeatability. However, it’s easy to underestimate the requirements of automation. Sometimes, engineers specify the wrong type of robot or overlook parts feeding issues.
Several issues need to be addressed before there will be more widespread use of robotic screwdriving. Cost, robot design, training, culture and other factors must be considered by manufacturing engineers.
Devices and technology are getting smaller. Even with growing screen sizes, internal components are constantly getting thinner.
In tough economic times it is even more important to find efficient, cost effective ways to improve assembly processes and to make sure they save you time and money.
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