Welding Assembly

The Benefits of Servo-Driven Ultrasonic Welding

Servo-driven ultrasonic welders can match welding speed to the melt flow rate of the plastic.

In ultrasonic plastic welding, three process variables directly affect weld quality: amplitude, duration and force.


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Wichita State Explores Advanced Joining Techniques

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


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Kuka to Design Robotic Assembly Lines for VW

BERLIN—Kuka Systems was awarded another major contract from Volkswagen to build a robotic assembly line for the rear underbody and side members of vehicles. The robots will perform such tasks as spot welding, dispensing and material handling.


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Learning Real-World Welding

Ivy Tech community and corporate colleges produce qualified welders that meet the needs of northeast Indiana manufacturers.

Letters matter to welders. A, B and C, for example, are grades that employers use to determine a welder’s current ability, work assignments and pay scale. Letter A is the highest grade, followed by B and C.


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Preconfigured Robotic Assembly Cells Cut Costs and Speed Deployment

Ready-to-go systems are becoming increasingly popular.

Standardization is a key concept behind lean manufacturing. It allows assemblers to reduce variation, increase consistency, cut costs and improve productivity by following a prescribed set of work instructions.


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Industrial PCs Streamline Welding of Cruise Ships

Papenburg, Germany, is home to the world’s largest shipbuilding dock hall, which is operated by MEYER WERFT GmbH. There, more than 2,500 workers design and assemble some of the largest cruise ships in the world.


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Systems Integrator Helps Water Heater Company Keep Manufacturing in the United States

MIDDLEVILLE, MI—Systems integrator TranTek Automation has designed and built an automated assembly system that has enabled Bradford White Corp. to keep producing water heaters in the United States.


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New Assembly Tools Steer Innovation at Kenworth

The Chillicothe, OH, factory uses robotic technology to build better trucks.

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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Commercial Vehicle Industry Gets Rolling

The commercial vehicle industry is finally emerging from the doldrums. Will the industry keep on truckin'?


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New Technology Joins Aluminum to Steel

SALT LAKE CITY—Researchers at Brigham Young University have developed a new technology for creating an extremely strong bond between lightweight aluminum and ultra-high-strength steel. The technology, friction bit joining, could be a boon to automakers looking to reduce vehicle weight.


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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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