Screwdriving and Riveting Assembly

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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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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Fastening Do’s and Don’ts

After writing this column for six years, I understand the need for brevity. With that in mind, I thought it would be useful to summarize some of the key points that I’ve raised in the past.

I have included the issue in which each column appeared so you can delve into the topic in more detail if desired. As always, please feel free to contact me with your questions, comments or observations.

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Robotic Screwdriving Mistakes to Avoid

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.

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Is Robotic Screwdriving Right for You?

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.

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Colleague Robot Ensures Flawless Car Seat Assembly

At Lear Corp.’s production facility in Besigheim, Germany, multiple shifts of workers assemble car seats just-in-time.

Assemblers must work quickly while meeting strict quality requirements.

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Daimler to Implement Ubisense ID System

SINDELFINGEN, Germany—Daimler is equipping its assembly plant here with the Ubisense real-time location system. Daimler is using the RFID system to track the progress of each vehicle as it is assembled. The system is also being used to track and configure DC electric fastening tools at the plant.

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Robots Are Ready for Reshoring

Robotic screwdriving offers a flexible alternative to offshore production.

Manufacturers in many industries are reshoring their assembly lines. Several factors are behind this phenomenon, including the ability to automate assembly tasks that traditionally used manual or semiautomated fastening equipment.

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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.


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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