Articles by Austin Weber

Oh Quality, Where Art Thou?

April 15, 2014

The recent slew of recalls in the auto industry is disturbing. What happened to all those Sig Sigma and lean manufacturing initiatives that are supposed to error-proof assembly?


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Laser Wire Stripping

Lasers are a clean-cut alternative to mechanical blades.
April 1, 2014

Metal blades are typically used to strip insulation from wire or cable. However, there is an alternative—lasers.


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Food Processing Industry Hungers for Automation

Hygiene demands and government regulations challenge engineers.
April 1, 2014

Food processing equipment features some of the most sophisticated automation around.


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Back to the Future . . . With Wood

March 4, 2014

A new concept vehicle on display at the Geneva International Motor Show uses wood to replace traditional plastic components.


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GM Rethinks Line-Side Parts Delivery

March 1, 2014

Lean material handling saves space, boosts quality and improves productivity.


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Visual Work Instructions and the Paperless Factory

March 1, 2014

Visual work instructions enable operators to be more flexible.


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Missouri S&T Researchers Study Additive Manufacturing

March 1, 2014

By redesigning multipart components, such as fuel nozzles, ducting and valves, into one-piece components, engineers can reduce weight, simplify assembly and cut costs.


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Boeing Bets Big on Automation

February 28, 2014

Boeing plans to invest heavily in automation to tackle its huge backlog of commercial jetliners.


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Let's Hear It for Engineers!

February 17, 2014

This is National Engineers Week. The annual celebration highlights the important, but often unheralded, role that engineers play in society.


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Old Trailer Helps Chrysler Teach New Techniques

February 5, 2014

Chrysler has turned an old NASCAR trailer into a mobile classroom to teach its lean manufacturing philosophy.


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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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