Screwdriving and Riveting Assembly

Robotic Screwdriving Mistakes to Avoid

By Austin Weber
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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.


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Is Robotic Screwdriving Right for You?

By Austin Weber
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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.
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Assemblers must work quickly while meeting strict quality requirements.


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Daimler to Implement Ubisense ID System

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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.
By Austin Weber
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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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Considerations for Permanent Part Assembly

By Sean S. Cumming
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Numerous riveting and forming processes enable manufacturers to cost-effectively improve product strength and aesthetics.


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Honda Italia Shifts its RFID Deployment Into Second Gear

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In Greek mythology, Ariana was the daughter of King Minos. She fell in love with Theseus and helped him to escape the monster Minotaur, but was later abandoned by Theseus. Eventually she married the god Dionysus.


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Spirol Fine-Tunes its Processes With SPC Software

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Back in 1948, Spirol International Corp. introduced its first product: the coil pin. 


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What Fastener Plating Is Best for Your Application?

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SAN JOSE, CA—A plethora of finishes and platings are available for threaded fasteners. Which one is the best for your application?


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Throughput Is Not an Impossible Dream

By Austin Weber
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Screw feeders, poka-yoke devices and other tools can speed up screwdriving


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