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The ASSEMBLY Blog is written by our team of editors and industry experts. It provides thought-provoking opinions on issues and trends in manufacturing, as wells tips, tricks and suggestions for implementing assembly technology.

Don Hegland, Former Chief Editor of ASSEMBLY, Dies

By John Sprovieri
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Don Hegland, a former NASA engineer and the chief editor of ASSEMBLY magazine for a quarter century, died July 21. He was 77.


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The Art of Manufacturing

By Austin Weber
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Kohler Co., one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies, has a proud heritage of design and creativity that spans more than 140 years. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the company’s Arts/Industry program, which allows artists-in-residence to set up studios on the plant floor.


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Assembly's Finest Hour

By Austin Weber
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While World War II was fought on numerous battlefields and beaches in Europe and the South Pacific, it was won on the assembly lines of America’s factories.


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Illuminating Insight on Aluminum

By Austin Weber
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Aluminum will play a growing role in the automotive industry in the years ahead. In fact, aluminum use in vehicles is projected to double by 2025, as automakers continue to roll out a wide variety of lighter weight models.


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Oh Quality, Where Art Thou?

By Austin Weber
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The recent slew of recalls in the auto industry is disturbing. What happened to all those Sig Sigma and lean manufacturing initiatives that are supposed to error-proof assembly?


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Hoffmann on Testing

Where Is Your Old School Technology?

By Jacques Hoffmann
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There are times when leak testing experts advocate "going old school."
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Could Your Assembly Operation Benefit From Robots?

By John Sprovieri
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Assemblers continue to invest in robots. Does your assembly plant employ robots? Is it planning to? Share your thoughts!


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Back to the Future . . . With Wood

By Austin Weber
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A new concept vehicle on display at the Geneva International Motor Show uses wood to replace traditional plastic components.


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Boeing Bets Big on Automation

By Austin Weber
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Boeing plans to invest heavily in automation to tackle its huge backlog of commercial jetliners.


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Let's Hear It for Engineers!

By Austin Weber
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This is National Engineers Week. The annual celebration highlights the important, but often unheralded, role that engineers play in society.


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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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