Articles by Jim Camillo

Assembly In Action: Insertion Machine Keeps Parts Supplier in Touch With Customers' Needs

SMB Schnekenburger GmbH provides assembly-ready parts made of thin sheet metal to electronics firms, equipment manufacturers, and companies in ventilation and medical technology. For the past several years, SMB has faced increased competition from suppliers in low-wage countries. This situation has forced SMB to make parts more cost-effectively without lessening fastener-insertion accuracy.
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Wire Processing: Porosity Sealants for Wire Harnesses

All day long, wire harnesses are sealed against porosity at nine Magna-Tech Manufacturing facilities located throughout North America. These wire harnesses are of different lengths, contain wire of different thicknesses, and are made by Tier 1 suppliers such as Delphi, ATPI, Siemens, Group Dekko and Federal Mogul.
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Robotics: Two Arms are Better Than One

When preparing parts for assembly, automakers can always use an extra hand or two. One automaker has found those hands at the end of a dual-arm robot. For the past four years, the automaker has used the dual-arm robot to shorten the cycle time to treat the front and back surfaces of a suspension component.
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Dual Arm Robots: It's Academic

The development and capabilities of dual-arm robots are topics of worldwide interest. Very few such robots are currently performing assembly. But university researchers in Europe and Asia hope to change that in the very near future.
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AATE 2011: Did You See What I Saw (Day 1)?

Forget about the sophomore jinx. My second visit to the Assembly & Automation Technology Expo, held September 20-22 at McCormick Place in Chicago, was excellent.
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Assembly In Action: Autoliv Upgrades Engineering Platform, Lowers PCB Assembly Cost

Before Autoliv Electronics America can provide top-notch products to its automotive customers, the company must make sure the equipment at its facility in Southfield, MI, performs top-notch. One type of equipment Autoliv uses there is pick-and-place machines, which are used in the assembly of printed circuit boards that mount onto various electronic safety components.
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Assembly In Action: RFID Tightens up Hydraulic Valve Assembly

Many of the 4,300 people who work at Caterpillar’s heavy-equipment manufacturing plant in Gosselies, Belgium, are assemblers who bolt together hydraulic valves and hoses before installing them in medium- and large-sized excavators and wheel-loaders. Until recently, assemblers used a manual torque wrench to tighten the bolts.
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Assembly In Action: Linear-Position Sensors Ensure Uniformity of Metal Coating

German manufacturer Fontaine Engineering und Maschinen GmbH makes hot-dip galvanizing equipment, which several U.S. automakers use for coating metal strips. Since 2010, Fontaine has installed sensors in the equipment’s edge-coating control system to ensure uniform coating.
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Assembly In Action: Wire Protection System Helps Russian Airliner Take Flight

On April 21, 2011-more than 3-1/2 years after first being unveiled to the world-the Sukhoi Superjet 100 completed its first commercial flight. Assembly for all versions of the Superjet is done at the facilities of Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association in the Russian Far East.
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Green Manufacturing: Vendors are Helpers

Having a zero landfill plant is great for automakers, but it isn’t something they can achieve on their own. Tier 1 suppliers, waste-retrieval companies and vendors all play an important supporting role. One such vendor is Orbis Corp. which, for the past several decades, has helped various automakers become zero landfill by supplying their Tier 1 suppliers with reusable containers.
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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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