Articles by Jim Camillo

Assembly In Action: Sensitive-Touch Robot Assembles Rear-Axle Transmissions

February 23, 2011
From March to November 2009, a small robot designed to operate in close association with human co-workers was used by Daimler AG at its Mercedes-Benz plant in Untertürkheim, Germany, as a pilot project for series production.
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Assembly In Action: Brazed Assemblies Used in Mission to Mercury

February 23, 2011
The European Space Agency is expected to launch BepiColombo, Europe’s first spacecraft mission to Mercury, in 2014. In the meantime, QinetiQ is manufacturing the spacecraft’s advanced solar-electric propulsion system.
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Assembly In Action: Crash-Durable Adhesives Improve Automobile Safety

February 23, 2011
In the past few years, many automakers-including Jaguar, Adam Opel AG, BMW, Audi, and Volvo-have discovered that a crash-durable epoxy adhesive can make their cars safer without sacrificing performance.
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Reaching for the Ergonomic Star

February 23, 2011
Many manufacturers want to be a Star, regardless of how long they’ve been in business or the products they make. Since July 1982, OSHA has helped thousands of manufacturers become a Star through its Voluntary Protection Programs.
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Effective Ergonomics: Some Tips for Assemblers

February 23, 2011
VPP participants at the Star level, OSHA consultants and equipment suppliers say there are several ways manufacturers can implement or improve their ergonomics programs.
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Automated Screwdriving: What's New

January 31, 2011
In today’s economy, manufacturers must find ways to assemble more product with less labor. As a result, they are increasingly using fully and semiautomatic screwdriving equipment to boost productivity and improve quality.
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The Robot Network: Fact or Fiction?

January 20, 2011
Robots are everywhere on TV these days-from commercials promoting laundry detergent, to shows about how cars and other modern marvels are built. The question is: How much influence do robots have over what we watch on TV?
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Riveting: Self-Piercing Rivets vs. Spot Welding

December 23, 2010
For the past 15 years or so, assemblers have used SPR as an alternative to spot welding, especially when joining aluminum with other materials. The reasons why SPR is preferred are many.
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The Simple Appeal of Self-Piercing Riveting

December 23, 2010
Unlike conventional riveting, self-piercing technology does not require a predrilled hole. Rather, the rivet makes its own hole as it is being inserted. 
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Sensors: Guided Assembly

November 29, 2010
A variety of sensors can provide a “guiding hand” to assemblers.
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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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