Screwdriving and Riveting Assembly

Innovative Screwdriving Methods Address Sheet Metal Challenges

As household appliance manufacturers continue using thinner sheets of material, engineers must address new challenges and explore alternative joining solutions.


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What’s With Washers?

Washers help threaded fasteners in many ways, most notably by effectively distributing and maintaining clamp load, and preventing fastener movement or corrosion.

To the general public, a washer is just a cheap metal disc that keeps screws, bolts, and nuts tight. But to manufacturers, a washer is a vital fastening component, specially designed to perform unique functions and ensure a reliable bolted joint.


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New Trends in Electric Tools

Error proofing and quality control requirements are driving demand.

Electric tools have been available for more than a decade. However, until recently, many manufacturers were reluctant to invest in the technology because DC electric screwdrivers and nutrunners traditionally were more expensive than air-powered alternatives.


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Techniques for Joining Sheet Metal

The ongoing push for thinner sheets is challenging engineers.

Steel is not about to disappear anytime soon as the dominant material used in the home appliance industry. Unlike automakers, which are turning to aluminum, carbon-fiber composites, magnesium, plastic and other lightweight materials, steel still rules in the world of refrigerators, dishwashers and dryers.


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Rotary Indexer Assembles Hinges for Car Doors

This eight-station automatic system produces a hinge in less than 10 seconds.

Manufacturing engineers have two options for obtaining an automated assembly system. They can get each component—an automatic screwdriver, a rotary indexing dial, a gripper—from individual suppliers and integrate the parts themselves. Or, they can ask one supplier to deliver a turnkey machine.


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ASG to Distribute Fiam Air Tools

CLEVELAND—ASG, a manufacturer of fastening equipment for the assembly market, has become the exclusive North American distributor for Fiam air tools.


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Navy Assesses Fastener Inventory

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.


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New Reference Books Cover Torque, Fasteners

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.


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Fastening Tools

ASSEMBLY Q&A: Desoutter Industrial Tools

We sit down with Yohan Verdon, North American marketing manager at Desoutter, to talk about new technologies and trends in screwdriving.

A growing number of manufacturers are moving from air tools to electric tools and from corded electric tools to cordless tools.


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Lock Washer Secures Safe Rendezvous to Space Station

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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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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 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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