Articles by Jim Camillo

Assembly In Action: Structural Framing Lowers Assembly Cost of Waterjet-Cutting Machines

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Assembly In Action: Perforated Conveyor Belt Ensures Drying of Blood Filters

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Porous Media Corp. designs and manufactures high-efficiency filter media, membranes and advanced technologies that separate liquids, solids and gases. Earlier this year, Porous Media needed to help on of its clients efficiently transport precoated blood filters through a forced hot air drying chamber, resulting in complete drying of the liquid coating.


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Assembly In Action: Heat-Conducting Polyurethane Extends Life of Transformers

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At its manufacturing plant in Ajka, Hungary, Schwa-Medico GmbH Transformatorenbau & Industrieprodukte makes four types of electronic transformers specially designed for photovoltaic converters. The transformers, in turn, are sent to a plant in Germany, where they are installed in inverters and integrated into photovoltaic systems.
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Assembly In Action: Motion Control Systems Help Develop Solar Cell Technology

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Dyesol is a world leader in the development of Dye Solar Cell technology, which produces electricity in a process that uses the principles of nanotechnology and photosynthesis. Presently, the Dyesol group is focused on commercializing this technology worldwide to help solar cell manufacturers develop their own products, implement low-cost mass production systems and improve cell performance.
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Assembly In Action: Rapid Prototyping Quickens Building of Le Mans Race Car

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In summer 2010, Aston Martin faced an aggressive development schedule for its AMR-One race car, which it planned to enter in the 2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC) beginning in March 2011. Plastic prototypes needed to be created quickly and on-site throughout Aston Martin’s design and build schedule, which was less than six months, from autumn 2010 to the end of February 2011.
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Up On the Catwalk: A Primo View of Auto Assembly

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“Nothing compares to seeing it in person, first hand.” I have heard this line countless times, usually in the context of an entertainment event. Now I can say it’s equally true when it comes to seeing an automobile being assembled at a plant.
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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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