Screwdriving and Riveting Assembly

New Materials Allow Soldiers to Shed Weight

The U.S. Army is enlisting more aluminum and composites.
By Austin Weber
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Weight issues are not something that’s common with U.S. Army soldiers. The military organization prides itself on running a lean, mean fighting machine. But, even so, the Army is on a weight-loss program when it comes to vehicles, artillery, ordnance, helmets, electronic gear and other devices.


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Wichita State Explores Advanced Joining Techniques

By Austin Weber
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Wichita, KS, calls itself the Air Capital of the World. The city has a long, proud heritage of aerospace manufacturing.


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Systems Integrator Supplies Custom Robotic Screwdriving System

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EVANSVILLE, IN—Systems integrator Evana Automation Specialists has delivered a custom robotic screwdriving system to a manufacturer of construction products. The system automates the assembly of modular aluminum fencing, which drastically reduces manual labor and increases quality.


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2013 Assembly Plant of the Year

Northrop Grumman Soars With Automation

The robotic Integrated Assembly Line in Palmdale, CA, revolutionizes how airframes are built.
By Austin Weber
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For decades, automotive engineers have looked to the aerospace industry for new ideas. Back in the 1930s and 1950s, Detroit was inspired by the sleek designs of innovative airplanes such as the Northrop Alpha and the Grumman F4F Wildcat.


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The Assembly Show Is Here!

Manufacturing professionals can see the latest assembly technologies, learn from industry experts, and network with their peers at the Assembly Show this month.
By John Sprovieri
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There are three reasons to attend trade shows: to learn about industry trends and new ways of doing things; to network with industry peers; and to see new technologies. This month’s Assembly Show will not disappoint on any of those fronts.


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How to Install Threaded Inserts

As much as 75 percent of a threaded insert’s performance is a direct result of how well it was installed.
By Christopher G. Jeznach
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When screws or bolts are threaded directly into plastic components, failures can occur due to stripped threads or plastic creep.


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Disc Springs Come Through in the Clutch for DeWalt

The custom spring costs just a few pennies more than the original spring.
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The DeWalt Industrial Tool Co. is well-known for its high-quality power tools and accessories used in manufacturing, construction and woodworking.


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New Book Covers Automated Drilling Processes for Airframe Production

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WARRENDALE, PA—A new book from SAE International examines how to automate the process of drilling and countersinking holes during airframes production.


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Boeing Developing Automated Assembly System for 777

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SEATTLE—At a secret facility in Anacortes, WA, a small group of Boeing engineers will begin testing advanced automation methods for building the soon-to-be-launched 777X jet. The project promises to dramatically change how the plane’s metal hull is built.


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New Assembly Tools Steer Innovation at Kenworth

The Chillicothe, OH, factory uses robotic technology to build better trucks.
By Austin Weber
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Think all big trucks look the same? Don’t tell that to an engineer at Kenworth Truck Co. The legendary firm is synonymous with hard-working, well-built vehicles.


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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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Tim Hutzel, President, Tim Hutzel American Business Services and Dave Lippert, President, Hamilton Caster & Mfg. Co have deep and unique perspectives on reshoring. That’s the primary reason they’ve been invited to deliver the keynote address at 2014’s The ASSEMBLY Show.

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