Articles by John Sprovieri

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

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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.
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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.
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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

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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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Don Hegland, Former Chief Editor of ASSEMBLY, Dies

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Don Hegland, a former NASA engineer and the chief editor of ASSEMBLY magazine for a quarter century, died July 21. He was 77.


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Wire Harness Recycling

Toyota has developed a new technology for recycling the copper contained automotive harnesses.
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By some estimates, approximately 40 years’ worth of mineable copper resources remains worldwide. At the same time, global consumption is growing, driven particularly by infrastructure-related demand for wiring in emerging markets.


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Applying VFDs to servo applications

AC induction motors are increasingly being used in applications once dominated by servomotors.
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The distinction between AC induction motors and permanent-magnet DC servomotors was once fairly clear. AC motors were for high-horsepower applications, such as compressors, pumps, blowers and bulk-handling conveyors. DC servomotors were for applications requiring low horsepower, high torque, high cycling and precise positioning, such as machine tools and pick-and-place machines.


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NAFTA has been a success for U.S. manufacturing

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Remember 1992? Four Los Angeles police officers were acquitted of beating Rodney King, sparking riots citywide. Compact discs surpassed cassette tapes as the preferred medium for recorded music...


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Sensors for Automated Assembly

The typical multistation automated assembly system is equipped with myriad sensors.
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Assembly machines are dumb. They can only do what they’re told, over and over again. Without a sense of sight or touch, they can’t know if parts or pallets are where they’re supposed to be.


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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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