Articles by Jim Camillo

Bright Lights, Big Assembly

Skilled workers assemble LED modules and cabinets to create eye-catching digital billboards and displays of all sizes.
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Strange as it may sound, LED digital billboards and displays have much in common with icebergs. All of them are large, eye-catching and often serve as landmarks for countless passersby.


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What’s With Washers?

Washers help threaded fasteners in many ways, most notably by effectively distributing and maintaining clamp load, and preventing fastener movement or corrosion.
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To the general public, a washer is just a cheap metal disc that keeps screws, bolts, and nuts tight. But to manufacturers, a washer is a vital fastening component, specially designed to perform unique functions and ensure a reliable bolted joint.


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Conquering Complexity

Successful aerospace harness manufacturers share their strategies for overcoming daily and special-project challenges.
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Designing, assembling and testing aerospace wire harnesses present unique challenges to harness manufacturers.


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Making it in Northeast Indiana

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Manufacturing has always been important to Northeast Indiana. “We had always been first in and last out of a recession," says John Sampson, president and COO of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. "But this time we were first in and first out.”


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The Challenge of Flexibility in Leak Testing

Market conditions demand manufacturers use equipment that accommodates, and accurately tests, a wider variety of parts.
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Regardless of their location or industry, manufacturers are demanding more from leak test equipment than ever before. Tough economic times and increased competition require companies to use equipment that not only provides accuracy and repeatability, but accommodates a wider variety of parts.


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The FireWire Factor

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In 1987, Apple Computer Inc. introduced FireWire. It was the first direct-connect digital interface (IEEE1394) and standard (DCAM) on the market.


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Choosing a Vision Interface Standard

Recently introduced USB3 Vision joins several other established standards, all of which increase component selection, simplify setup and expand the market for vision systems.
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Component interoperability for PC-based vision systems has come a long way in a short time. The main reason for this quick evolution is interface standards, which the AIA, a machine vision trade group, began introducing in 2000.


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Moving Ahead With MR. ROAM

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Quite often, the biggest drawback of an industrial electronic machine—such as a robot—is often its lack of mobility. Since 2009, the Southwest Research Institute has been working to change that.


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What’s New in (and Unique About) CAs?

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Say “Krazy Glue” to someone outside the adhesives and assembly industry and you’re likely to get them thinking of the decades-old commercial of the construction worker stuck to, and dangling from, a high-rise steel beam.


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Dispensers for Thin Materials

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Equip your dispensing system with the proper syringe or valve to ensure accurate, consistent and clog-free material placement.


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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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Live from The Assembly Show, the hosts of Manufacturing Revival Radio sit down with Adam Malofsky, Ph.D., president and CEO of Bioformix to discuss his company’s innovative, energy-saving adhesives and polymers, which cure without the need for heat or light. 

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