Articles by Austin Weber

The Golden Age of Toy Manufacturing

Once upon a time, ASSEMBLY chronicled the toy industry on a regular basis. In fact, the magazine debuted the same year that the Hula Hoop ushered in the era of fad toys.


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Toy Manufacturers Tackle Big Challenges

Toy manufacturers are faced with increasingly stringent safety regulations and constantly changing consumer tastes. But, mass-customization and 3D printing may help small companies compete.


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Exoskeletons Will Give Soldiers Super-Human Strength

Lightweight exoskeletons currently under development will give soldiers superhuman strength. The devices will allow soldiers to easily carry loads of up to 200 pounds.


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Is Battery Power Ready for Combat?

Within the next decade, a large portion of the U.S. Army’s huge fleet of vehicles could run on battery power. In fact, the Pentagon plans to acquire more than 92,000 electric vehicles by 2020.


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Toy Assembly Isn’t Child’s Play

Santa’s helpers depend on adhesives, screws and ultrasonic welding.


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New Materials Allow Soldiers to Shed Weight

The U.S. Army is enlisting more aluminum and composites.

Weight issues are not something that’s common with U.S. Army soldiers. The military organization prides itself on running a lean, mean fighting machine. But, even so, the Army is on a weight-loss program when it comes to vehicles, artillery, ordnance, helmets, electronic gear and other devices.


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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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'Manufacturing Day' Dispels Myths and Opens Eyes

The 2nd annual Manufacturing Day was held nationwide last Friday. Hundreds of manufacturers opened their doors to students to give them a glimpse into the world of 21st century production processes.


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The Assembly Line's Next 100 Years

What will factories look like 100 years from now when the bicentennial of the moving assembly line is celebrated? Will people still be involved in the production process?


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The World in 1913

When the moving assembly line debuted at Ford’s Highland Park factory 100 years ago, the world was becoming a smaller place, thanks to canals, flying machines, road maps and highways.


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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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