Articles by Jim Camillo

What’s New in Manufacturing Software

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Using software to optimize assembly processes is passé. Manufacturers now have the tools to ensure error-free production, increase line flexibility and minimize PC dependence.


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The Importance of Torque Auditing

Accurate tooling and proper training are the keys to maintaining the specified torque for each threaded fastener.
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Follow-up is rarely fun, but it is often necessary to verify an assembly process. The most important follow-up to threaded-fastener installation is a static torque audit.


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Watch and Learn: My M-Day Tour

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A couple weeks ago, I took part in the second annual Manufacturing Day, visiting a contract manufacturer of components and a cutting tools supplier.


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Learning Real-World Welding

Ivy Tech community and corporate colleges produce qualified welders that meet the needs of northeast Indiana manufacturers.
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Letters matter to welders. A, B and C, for example, are grades that employers use to determine a welder’s current ability, work assignments and pay scale. Letter A is the highest grade, followed by B and C.


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Manual Assembly Presses Are Simple and Flexible

Manual assembly presses continue to outsell pneumatic and servo-driven presses for three reasons: lower price, greater flexibility and simpler operation.
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Like soldiers, rows of BalTec Corp. manual assembly presses stand ready to work at electronic manufacturing plants throughout North America. Workers there use the presses to crimp wires to terminals and connectors.


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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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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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