Welding Assembly

A Day in the Life of a Harness Assembly Shop

By Jim Camillo
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Family-run AssemTech Inc. assembles more than half a million harnesses annually.
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Automation Profiles: Tumbler Maker Stays Hot With Cool Automation

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A unique inflatable gripper handles parts.
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Plastics Assembly: Good Vibrations

By Jim Camillo
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Vibration welding uses heat generated by friction at the interface of two thermoplastic parts to produce melting in the interfacial area. The molten materials flow together under pressure and bond, forming a weld upon cooling.
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Ensuring Reliability in Vision for Robots

By Jim Camillo
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Vision systems used to guide robots pose different challenges for manufacturers than vision systems used for part inspection. The biggest challenge is guiding robots in 2-1/2D applications, where guidance is used so the camera maintains a proper perspective of a part that is level but included in a stack.
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Micro Welding Conductive Materials

By Geoff Shannon
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Green lasers are a viable method for welding thin copper parts in high-volume applications.
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Welding Photovoltaic Modules

By Austin Weber
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Thermal joining processes play a key role in solar panel assembly.
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Leak-Proof Plastics Assembly

By Jim Camillo
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Several manufacturers consider electromagnetic, or induction, welding a better way to weld highly filled thermoplastics than thermal or friction welding, or using adhesives.
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Additive Manufacturing May Lead to New Assembly Paradigm

By Austin Weber
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In the future, the “smartest" form of assembly may be no assembly at all. That’s the goal of additive layer manufacturing.
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Fastening: Going With the Flow

By Jim Camillo
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Automakers are often the driving force behind the latest product and process innovations in assembly. Case in point: European automakers have been using flow drilling screws since 1996 to assemble body panels and chassis made of aluminum and thin materials-which continue to gain favor to make cars lighter.
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Automating Small-Batch Welding

By Austin Weber
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Traditionally, manufacturers have relied on manual welding to assemble high-mix, low-volume products. But, more companies are turning to a new breed of flexible robots, software and controls.
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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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Tim Hutzel, President, Tim Hutzel American Business Services and Dave Lippert, President, Hamilton Caster & Mfg. Co have deep and unique perspectives on reshoring. That’s the primary reason they’ve been invited to deliver the keynote address at 2014’s The ASSEMBLY Show.

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Welding: Principles & Practices

This text introduces students to a solid background in the basic principles and practices of welding.

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