Articles by Jim Camillo

Assembly In Action: Vision System Enables Manufacturer to Achieve 100 Percent Quality Inspection

InterControl manufactures a full range of products for controlling and monitoring temperature in household appliances. Recently, one of the company’s temperature controllers needed to undergo a 100 percent quality inspection. The goals of inspection were to detect all faults in each controller and ensure that each component’s ceramic base is crack-free.
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Assembly In Action: Gantry Robots Require Little Floor Space to Stack Wheel Sets

As a global leader in the supply of mounted tire and balanced wheel assemblies, T&WA works with many of the world’s major automakers. Not surprisingly, T&WA knows the importance of effective supply chain management.
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Assembly In Action: Air Curtains Save Money, Clean Air

Coleman Tool specified air curtains at its new 60,000-square-foot plant in early 2010 to eliminate outdoor air infiltration and save energy. However, smoke rising up and out of the welding area  created an indoor air quality problem. So the air curtains also served as air cleaners.
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Assembly In Action: Fastener Replenishment System Keeps Assembler Flying

For many years, the fasteners used by Figeac Aero’s assemblers were purchased on a per-piece basis, stored in a central warehouse and brought to the assembly line as needed. This approach often led to work stoppages on the assembly line. 
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Assembly In Action: Dispenser Keeps Transformer Specialist Cost-Competitive

In 2000, Magnetics and Controls purchased a meter-mix system to use in the assembly of their molded products. Unfortunately, after several years, the system proved to be incapable of keeping up with the company’s throughput requirements, making them less competitive in the marketplace.
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Assembly In Action: Structural Framing Lowers Assembly Cost of Waterjet-Cutting Machines

About two years ago, the Chinese market presented OMAX Corp. Inc. with a tough challenge: Develop a high-quality waterjet cutting machine at a low cost so OMAX could further penetrate that price-conscious market.
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Fasteners: Driving Into Plastic...Edge-Wise

It took several years, but self-tapping screws for plastic assembly have come of age. OEMs were lukewarm toward this type of fastener in the 1980s and early 1990s, that trend has changed in recent years.
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Wire Processing: The Other Stuff

Automatic cutting, stripping and crimping equipment may get the glory at a harness assembly shop, but there’s a host of ancillary equipment that can make work on the shop floor easier.
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Leak-Proof Plastics Assembly

Several manufacturers consider electromagnetic, or induction, welding a better way to weld highly filled thermoplastics than thermal or friction welding, or using adhesives.
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Assembly In Action: Gas Traps Increase Accuracy of Refrigerant Leak Testing

For several months in 2009, appliance manufacturer Whirlpool Corp. faced a unique production challenge regarding its refrigerators. The appliances were passing the helium leak test but failing the refrigerant leak test, which was performed manually in-line by operators using sniffer probes.
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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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