Articles by Austin Weber

A New Era at General Motors

Mary Barra is the first engineer to take the helm at GM in several decades.

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Mississippi State Focuses on Furniture Manufacturing

As U.S. furniture manufacturers revamp domestic production after more than a decade of offshoring, they need help implementing state-of-the-art assembly lines. Many of those companies are seeking assistance from the Franklin Furniture Institute at Mississippi State University.

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Automotive Assembly: Self-Driving Cars? Never Say Never

 Automakers, suppliers, universities and government labs around the world are scrambling to develop self-driving vehicles.  

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Happy Birthday, Erector Set!

Without much fanfare, an old faithful friend of many aspiring young engineers recently turned 100—the humble Erector Set.

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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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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.


 Live from The ASSEMBLY Show, Bob Wood, president of ECI Spinnomatic, talks about his company’s newest product: a fully automated riveting cell equipped with a rotary indexing table, a six-axis robot, an orbital forming unit, and laser sensors. 

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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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