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Assembly In Action: Implant Fastener Keeps Aging Baby Boomers Moving

By Jim Camillo
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This past year, baby boomers began turning 65. Because these individuals tend to live more active lives than previous generations, some medical device companies, like Skeletal Dynamics, are developing implants to withstand up to 1 million load cycles without loosening or backing out.
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Fastening: Preventing In-System Damage

By John Sprovieri
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Small investments in protective covers and tools can spare assemblers the cost of repairing accidental damage to finished goods.
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2011 Assembly Plant of the Year: Philips Doesn't Rest on Lean Laurels

By Austin Weber
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Philips' New Kensington, PA, assembly plant was designed from the ground up with three things in mind: people, lean manufacturing and the environment.
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Fastening Threads: All Screw Head-Drive Features Are Not the Same

By David Archer
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Impact head and drive style selection can have a profound effect on assembly productivity. To examine this, we recently conducted a study focusing on machine screws.
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Hot Upset Riveting

By Austin Weber
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A new process is ideal for permanent part assembly.
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Fasteners: Driving Into Plastic...Edge-Wise

By Jim Camillo
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It took several years, but self-tapping screws for plastic assembly have come of age. OEMs were lukewarm toward this type of fastener in the 1980s and early 1990s, that trend has changed in recent years.
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Appliance Assembly: Automation System Sucks It Up

By Dagmar Dübbelde
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When German appliance manufacturer Vorwerk designed a state-of-the-art vacuum cleaner, it needed a state-of-the-art automation system to assemble it.
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Fastening: Assembly With Press-In Fasteners

By Jim Camillo
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Several types of threaded fasteners are installed not with a power tool, but a press. Self-clinching nuts, threaded inserts and similar fasteners are pressed into thin, soft or otherwise fragile materials to provide strong threads for mating hardware.


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Web Extra: Plastic Fasteners for Assembly

By Jim Camillo
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Durable plastic fasteners are recommended for assemblies where metal fasteners would be either too heavy for the component or too abrasive for the component material. Printed circuit boards are a common application.
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Fastening: Going With the Flow

By Jim Camillo
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Automakers are often the driving force behind the latest product and process innovations in assembly. Case in point: European automakers have been using flow drilling screws since 1996 to assemble body panels and chassis made of aluminum and thin materials-which continue to gain favor to make cars lighter.
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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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