Welding Assembly

EWI Pledges to Train 25,000 Welders

COLUMBUS, OH—The Edison Welding Institute has launched a program to train 25,000 welders in the United States over the next three years.


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More Control for Ultrasonic Welding

The latest technology for ultrasonic plastic welding provides better process control and the tools to handle more part variations.

A lot can happen in 0.5 second, especially in the world of assembly. One or more rivets can be simultaneously inserted. Multiple beads of adhesive can be dispensed. And two thermoplastic pieces can be ultrasonically welded into a usable part.


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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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Fabricator Expands in Michigan

AUBURN HILLS, MI—Ralco Industries Inc., which makes welded assemblies and metal stampings, is investing $13.5 million to build a new headquarters and assembly plant here. The company is expected to add 20 to 70 jobs.


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Rotary Table Bears Heavy Load for Small-Lot Welding System

Well known for its engineering expertise, The EDAG Group develops vehicles and production systems for auto manufacturers all over the world. In conjunction with FFT EDAG, its sister company, The EDAG Group also creates complete production facilities for body in white modeling and vehicle assembly.


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Assembling Motors and Bearings at Baldor

Baldor benefits from investing in U.S. assembly operations.

It has become fashionable lately for some U.S. companies to tout how they’ve reshored production from overseas. Baldor Electric Co. isn’t one of them—it never left. The company has been manufacturing electric motors, drives, bearings and other motion control products in the United States for decades.


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New Hampshire Manufacturer Opens New Assembly Plant

LEBANON, NH—Hypertherm, a manufacturer of advanced cutting systems, has opened of a new 160,000-square-foot assembly plant here that is expected to create up to 500 new jobs.


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Curtain Walls Control Noise and Dust

Originally employed for partitioning space, fabric curtain walls can insulate workers from noise and improve the cost-effectiveness of exhaust fans.

Industrial fabric curtain walls are growing in popularity. In assembly plants, two of the fastest-growing applications are for lowering noise levels and controlling dust.


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ABB Robotics, Fronius to Develop Welding Systems

AUBURN HILLS, MI—ABB Robotics and Fronius International have agreed to collaboratively develop fully equipped robotic welding packages.


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Evana Wins Contract for Two Assembly Cells

EVANSVILLE, IN—Systems integrator Evana Automation Specialists has received a contract from a Tier 1 automotive supplier to provide two custom, semiautomatic assembly cells that will simplify the production of automobile seat rail link arms.


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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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