Articles by John Sprovieri

The ASSEMBLY Show Preview

Some 200 exhibitors will display the latest technologies at this year’s ASSEMBLY Show.

The new, compact C4 six-axis robot from EPSON Robots can perform a standard cycle—move a part 1 inch up, 12 inches across, 1 inch down, and back again—in just 0.37 second. 


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Wire Harnesses for Appliances

Wire harnesses for appliances must be designed to resist heat, vibration, water, chemicals and other factors.


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Simplifying integration of peripheral devices

MotionWorks will be able to work with HMIs from several widely used vendors.

When designing a complex machine, engineers have two options. They can get all parts of the system—controller, drives, motors, I/O and human-machine interface (HMI)—from a single vendor. Or, they can pick and choose devices from mul-tiple suppliers.


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Sterilization processes can influence medical device design

Medical device engineers have many considerations when designing an assembly. Safety and effectiveness are top priorities, of course, followed closely by cost.


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How do you define manufacturing?

In August, the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) opted to delay implementation of a new “factoryless goods producer” classification in the latest revision of the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).


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The ASSEMBLY Show Preview

Reshoring evangelists headline a comprehensive conference program for manufacturing engineers and managers.

Tim Hutzel will never forget the first time, back in 1995, that he walked the shop floor at Hamilton Caster & Manufacturing Co., a maker of industrial wheels, casters, carts and trailers in Hamilton, OH. Hutzel had just left his job as director of lean transformation at GE Aviation to strike out on his own as a consultant and lean guru. Hamilton Caster was his first customer.


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Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

It’s a national tragedy that too many young men these days lack father figures, role models or any sort of guiding hand. Ac-cording to the U.S. Census Bureau, 15 million U.S. children, or one in three, live without a father. In 1960, just 11 percent of American children lived in homes without fathers.


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Part Marking Options

The best marking technology for an application depends on the materials, the production volume and other factors.

The wave of automotive recalls this year underscores the importance of putting identification codes on products. Without such codes, consumers would not know if their vehicles were safe, and automakers would not know where or when problem parts were made.


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Assembly With Rivet Nuts

New fastener and tool designs are increasing the utility of rivet nuts.

Automakers are increasingly using hydroformed metal tubing in vehicular structures. Compared with stamped and welded metal parts, hydroformed parts weigh less, cost less, and have a higher stiffness-to-weight ratio.


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Help Manufacturers Reshore Production

Good news: America is now luring as many factory jobs back from overseas as it’s losing to continued offshoring. That’s the assessment of the Reshoring Initiative, a nonprofit group that encourages companies to move work back to the United States.


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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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Anyone even thinking about advanced power tools needs to pick the brain of Eric Dees. He’s the Global Lean Business Process Leader for Ingersoll Rand Power Tools and Category Manager for their Assembly Tools Business.

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