Articles by Jim Camillo

ERP software continues rapid growth of Ideal Power

Although only 7 years old, Ideal Power (IP) is a major player in the multibillion-dollar electronic-power-converter market.

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CHIMP driven to win DARPA robotics challenge

Last December, U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) hosted the trials of its first ever Robotics Challenge at the Homestead Speedway in Miami, FL. 

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Cutting it Close

Blades might not get much attention, but they’re crucial for quality wire stripping and cutting. The challenge is selecting the right blade for each wire.

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Dust Collectors Breathe New Life Into Volvo’s Robotic Welding Cells

Dublin, VA, is well known for being named after Ireland’s most famous city. But it is best known as home to the largest Volvo Trucks manufacturing facility in the world.

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Smooth-Rolling Carts Deliver Parts to Assembly Line at Cummins Engine Factory

 Some manufacturers do more than just practice lean manufacturing. They help other manufacturers achieve it. A good example is Hamilton Caster & Manufacturing Co., which recently helped Cummins Inc. improve lean practices at one of its engine manufacturing plants in South Carolina. 

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What’s New in Manufacturing Software

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.

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

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.

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.

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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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.


Anyone even thinking about advanced power tools needs to pick the brain of Eric Dees. He’s the Global Lean Business Process Leader for Ingersoll Rand Power Tools and Category Manager for their Assembly Tools Business.

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Welding: Principles & Practices

This text introduces students to a solid background in the basic principles and practices of welding.

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